Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
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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Make a list...
by matthekc on Mon 25th May 2009 22:22 UTC
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Make a list of all the things you will want to do with your machine. For example "word processing", "power points", "games", "Skype", "I-tunes"...
Unfortunately for a lot of people the list will narrow their OS choices away from open source. Now figure out you budget lets say you want to spend less than a thousand dollars or Euro equivalent this year. Add up your machine cost, office cost, games, music purchases etcetera.
Now you have pretty good idea of what you want to do and what it is going to cost you and that will help you decide.

Edited 2009-05-25 22:24 UTC

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RE: Make a list...
by computrius on Tue 26th May 2009 02:49 in reply to "Make a list..."
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Well if games is a criteria there inst really much of a choice there. OSX does have some selection, but nothing beats out windows there. Anything else is just pitiful as far as selection.

Edited 2009-05-26 02:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Make a list... - selection, no..
by jabbotts on Tue 26th May 2009 17:43 in reply to "RE: Make a list..."
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In terms of selection, Windows has a kind of limited library. Now, what it does have is the blockbuster titles. You may get a larger game library on other platforms but you won't get Crysis or Modern Combat.

But with gamers, it's usually about one or two specific titles; whatever is popular that week. I fall into that same category too though my "popular that week" is usually a few titles behind because I just can't justify a triple SLI dedicated game rig.

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RE: Make a list... - focus on functions
by jabbotts on Tue 26th May 2009 17:40 in reply to "Make a list..."
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I think your bang on with the idea of making a list but I'd suggest focusing on functions. One doesn't iTune, one plays music and video. Even in the case of the iPod, other media managers can handle the sync back and forth.

It just seems that most of the problems people find are due to a brand name versus a function easily provided by a long list of programs.

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matthekc Member since:

If you have an Iphone you will likely need Itunes... sad but true.

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