Re: Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard
Speaking as a developer and consultant I've worked with many platforms. Windows, OSX, Linux. Really, they're all pretty similar. OSX is just a BSD and in my opinion not much different from any other BSD other than the software it comes with.
Here's my impression of all 3 platforms:
Windows: Overall it's reliable, secure, and offers the most flexibility. Out of the box the drawback is that you have to buy your own developer tools. As far as the "it just works" factor it's not quite as good as OSX but leaps and bounds above Linux. Windows also offers the best maintenance package of the 3. People slag Windows as being unsecure, but the truth of the matter is when bugs are found they are fixed and put up on Windows Update. Linux is difficult to get fixes for, and Apple seems to only make them once they start affecting sales.
OSX: The prettiest of the 3. Comes with developer tools. It definitely has the "it just works" factor. But only if you buy hardware specifically designed for it. Of the 3 it's probably the least secure, sees the fewest updates, and has notably had the most number of security problems that have gone unnoticed due to it's small user base. Apple customer support is terrible and Apple does not guarantee any interoperability with common standards (such as 802.11g). Granted it usually works, there is no guarantee. As far as I know OSX still doesn't support HDCP for blu-ray playback, so I hardly think it's fair to call it the "media king". One nice thing is if you're a developer like me you can often fix the quirks yourself by writing a custom solution. As far as it goes it's issues with Active Directory, and overall software support make it an undesirable solution. As far as making it a server the expensive hardware costs also rule it out in this category.
Linux: Lots of software, if you have the time and ability it's best for technical users. As far as home users go, don't bother. Other than that, very similar to OSX. Very good in the server market due to licensing costs and the support of the open source community.
People often slag Windows for bugs, and viruses. What people need to realize is that this is an open platform that will run on most hardware, offers support for 3rd party drivers, has the highest number of 3rd party applications running on it, and makes up approximately 90% of consumer level computers. If OSX or Linux were extended to the same extent it's interesting to see how they would handle it.
07 Mazda 3 GT... Zoom zoom!
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Like I said before... I'm not sure if I want to be a rider. If I ever do decide to do it, I will be starting small! lol