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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Used to have one
by h3rman on Tue 26th May 2009 12:39 UTC
h3rman
Member since:
2006-08-09

I used to have an iBook G4.
I did like it a lot, until the non-free/openness of it started to nag me. It didn't run Linux that well. Sold it, no regrets.
Now I use only GNU/Linux on nicely supported hardware, without proprietary drivers. A second hand IBM Thinkpad is my main machine. I run Debian Stable on it, a nonsense-free system. Everything works the way it should. Gnome offers just as much consistency IMHO as the OS X interface.
Don't run Linux on crappy (read: with missing open drivers) hardware.
If you really have to ask other people if you should get an Apple PC, you probably don't really want one.

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