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OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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First thing a mac user does?
by hartvig on Tue 26th May 2009 10:19 UTC
hartvig
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2007-04-25

Install Windows.

No seriously, every single Mac owner I know installed some incarnation of Windows as one of their first apps.

That strikes me as very odd and I always wonder what the whole deal about owning a 50% more expensive Mac running windows than owning a Thinkpad for which you are also able to buy for example a docking station (something the Mac laptops have been lacking forever).

Oh and I haven't even begun to discuss the failings of only offering glossy displays... (I know that the most expensive laptop apple offers can also be had with a matte display, but that thing is so hideously expensive its beyond belief).

Oh well.

In my opinion:

If you can live with running only Mac apps and need a mirror, get a Mac laptop.

If you need to run any windows apps as well as being able to see what's actually happening on your laptop, get a Windows laptop.

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