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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by vohaul on Tue 26th May 2009 05:39 UTC
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I bought a white intel macbook of the classic kind a long while back, though a few revisions in, so I didn't have any hardware failures. The laptop itself was pleasing in most ways - fast and pretty. But OS X just never gelled with me, probably because I'm a long-time windows user.

I had it for 1,5 years and the last 8 months or so I solely used the XP installed through boot camp as OS X had displayed some serious foobars and needed a reinstall, while XP was happily churning away on the other partition.

I've seen a lot of 'windows PCs take time to keep running' and I disagree with that. After the amount of years I've been running windows, I've gotten pretty dang good at keeping my system running without too much effort. If you don't break it, you don't got to fix it, now do ya?

So if you're somewhat intelligent about your PC use, steer away from obvious malware and use the security options windows offers you (limited as they may be), your system may easily be as error-free as any *n*x or OS X system.

The way I usually see it is that windows is an OS that gives you a lot of ways to work - you can set it up whichever way you like, with shell replacements, thousands upon thousands of little tools to change the way it works. This, of course, also gives you thousands upon thousands of little ways to screw up your system.

OS X, to me, feels like a system that forces you to work the Apple way, and if that isn't how you're used to working, or if that's not how you want to work, then you're not going to enjoy the switch.

The suggestion to play around with OS X in a serious manner before making the switch is a good one. For all you know, the Apple way fits your way much more than you thought.

But if you want to simply jump in and continue where you left off, sticking to your most-used OS is always a good choice.

After all, even Windows is getting better every version.

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