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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why use Macs?

I never got the fascination with Macintosh computers. I really don't understand why you would choose to use one.

Yes, I know, they have a greatly reduced chance to catch a virus. They look nice, easy to use, etc. That's all well and good but I see nothing that you can do with a Mac that you can't with either Linux or Windows running a decent virus scanner.

With Windows or Linux, you get the option of buying a computer of your choice or even building your own. A common response to such ideas is that you can use bootcamp, a feature of modern Macs that allows you to install Windows and select it when you boot your system. Fine so... why not just run Windows on a pc? If you don't mind having to reboot to play your games, just run Linux and dual boot it with Windows.

I don't *hate* Macs, I just see no reason for them to exist. Windows is fully featured and runs pretty much everything. Linux is incredibly secure, extremely customizable and very easy to use depending on the distribution you install. I would highly recommend Ubuntu. My mother and grandmother had absolutely no issues using Ubuntu on a daily basis and this was many versions ago. It's likely to be far better now.

Adding the fact that a Mac will cost more than a similarly configured PC, I just don't get it.

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