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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My first home computer was a Mac ...
by softdrat on Mon 25th May 2009 22:43 UTC
softdrat
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2008-09-17

... in 1988. Back then MS Windows did not exist - PCs used DOS. The differences between a PC and a Mac at the time were much bigger than they are today. Still, I made an extensive comparison of the two platforms, and in the end decided that either one could do everything I needed. I picked a Mac because its overall "footprint" was smaller - I lived in an attic apartment with limited space at the time.

For your stated purposes I imagine that, once again, either platform would work, but a Mac might have the edge (multimedia stuff). Why worry? This is an excellent opportunity to try something different.

Where I work, we used to have a mix of Windows and Linux machines, but Macs have nostly taken over. [I'm the person who signs the requisitions.]

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