I´m developing software for a living, and I do it on a PowerMac G5
at this time.
All of the software I create runs on other systems, and it´s not a problem at all. MacOS is by far superior to Windows in almost every respect. For me, the Unix core of the system and everythig that goes with it is priceless, even if many "civilian" users may not have the same needs.
A few other points:
Apple has always put usability at the top of their priority list, and it shows. After you´ve used a Mac for more than three minutes (hello,
), you´ll notice that you simply don´t have to fight the system, rather the system is built to support you. Sounds pedestrian, but matches the experience of most people who know both.
• Reliability / Security
MacOS is immune to the tens of thousands of Windows worms and viruses "in the wild". There has not been any worm- or virus-related damage reported for MacOS X so far.
MacOS X doesn´t have to go to the pains Windows has to in order to be compatible with the Unix world which dominates the Internet and most of the "serious computing" world - OS
a Unix itself. It can still talk to Windows systems, exchange data and read or write practically all important file formats with the respective software.
You´ll find that there´s a huge number of software titles for MacOS X, including Microsoft Office if you need that. On top of that, you can run other Windows software (including worms and viruses) under VirtualPC,
emulation software under MacOS X. It´s not a big issue.
There´s much less junk software
X; Even free- and shareware is often of better quality. Why do you need a hundred titles if only the top two or three are actually good enough anyway? And you´ll have those for the Mac as well.
Some manufacturers make almost identical versions of their software for MacOS as well, and you´ll have no big improvement in such a Mac version on its own; But there is some excellent software that´s exclusive to the Mac, such as the iLife package by Apple or several others you could only wish to have under Windows.
You will, of course, recognize many advantages supplied by the operating system itself that every application "inherits", like moving files or even applications without breaking anything.
Simply try it out. The difference is obvious.
Macs are actually not really more expensive if you´re comparing them with other systems of comparable quality
, in many cases the Mac will actually be cheaper.
I have no time to waste on keeping my system alive and running. On a Mac, you´re doing what you intend to do
, you´re not wasting your precious free time re-installing your system, trying to fix the latest conflicts or desperately barricading against external attacks.
Macs are not "just for artists", unless that´s what you´re calling a rising number of IT
specialists, scientists, students, business people and ordinary private citizens.
We´d still appreciate
it, of course.