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  Switcher Stories Follow Up
Subject:   I switched from Linux to OS X
Date:   2002-09-17 19:31:57
From:   anonymous2
I've been a Mac basher for a very long time. My very early analogy was using a Mac was like using PFS:Write instead of WordStar--sooner or later all that user-friendliness was revealed to be hiding serious limitations that couldn't be overcome.


I went from TRS-DOS to CP/M to DOS to Windows (technical beta tester for 3.1, 95, NT 3.1, 3.5 and 4) to Linux. For the last couple of years I've been using various versions of Mandrake on my desktop in a very Windows-centric organization. It's been a struggle.


Then OS X came out and was followed by positive feedback from Unix/Linux users that had given it a shot. So I bought a Ti G4 and found OS X very much to my liking. I'm now on Jaguar and like it even more. I even went so far as to purchase one of the new dual G4 towers for my home.


Much as I like OS X, I have mixed emotions about the hardware. I understand Apple's a hardware shop and I understand that delivering the hardware and the OS is a substantial part of the reason it all works together so well. But I really hated parting with $3K of the company's money for what is essentially a $1.5K laptop. Even my dual 867mhz G4 was a bit of a reach when I consider what the same amount of money would have got me in an Intel/AMD box. I'll take a box full of commodity components over strong industrial design any day.


I'm a bit conflicted over OS X vs everything else but I'll stick with it. Apple's in it for the long haul and I'm comfortable being on the edge for a while. I will be truely happy if the day ever comes when I have Aqua on one of my many PC clones that are currently running various versions of Linux. If only G4 Cube's were available for more rational prices.....