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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This is exactly the type of advice...
by mrhasbean on Mon 25th May 2009 22:26 UTC
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...I have given people for over 24 years.

Despite regularly being called a fanboy by the likes of Thom my advice to people has always been to stay with what you are used to. As much as I am passionate about Apple and OSX - I've been using, selling, supporting and developing for Apple computers for over 30 years - I know that the most important thing in making the decision is the USER. Not the geeks, not the salesperson, not even people like me having to constantly remove trash from client's - and even my extended family's - (Windows) computers because they don't take notice when told what Anti-virus software to run or regular maintenance to perform.

When it comes to using computers most people learn mechanics rather than concepts so switching OSes is difficult for them. So unless they're young (most young people pick things up very quickly and have a more open minded approach), have little computer experience or exhibit an ability to learn conceptually I wouldn't even entertain the idea of trying to "switch" them. My comment has always been "For day to day use I personally wouldn't use anything but a Mac, but you have to feel comfortable using it so unless you're willing to spend time relearning some things stay with what you know."

Anyone who does otherwise is doing their customers or friends a disservice...

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