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Re: Market share: Windows vs Linux vs Mac vs ??

Karl Larsen wrote:

   A Mac is very expensive compared to a PC. So they sell just a few.

The difference is not as extreme as it used to be if you compare equivalent specifications. But Apple doesn't like to give updates away, so be prepared to buy the ilife package and perhaps OS X several times during the life of the box.

My wife thinks a Mac is easier to use than Windows XP. So my next computer purchase is a Mac.

Note that you'll get the unix command line goodness that linux also inherits along with a desktop GUI that 'just works' - and usable firewire drivers. You may not appreciate the value of working firewire support until you get your second one - then you can boot the first one in 'firewire target' mode (they all do that) connect the new one, and let it automatically copy over all the users, settings and applications you had on the old one. Amazingly, this works even across the ppc and intel processor types.

This will be our first, and maybe our last since we are in our 70's now. I do that lately with dd. Before that cp -a and other Linux things.

Exact copies are easy but you won't want to copy your old OS when a new one is available. What this does is take the existing new but empty computer with its latest OS X version and copies in the users, applications, and data from the old one, including installed third party apps. Vista copies this feature now, but you need to buy a special usb host<->host cable. With Linux it is just painful and you have to figure out which parts you can copy without breaking the new system.

My new computer motherboard has a firwire plug and the front of the case has a firewire plug. No idea how to get Linux interested :-)

It sort-of works in some linux versions if you plug in a video camera or hard drive.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell gmail com

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