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Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard

This article was posted on digg, found it quite interesting. I may be a bit biased, but I found the microsoft rep made some stronger points. I must agree that the registry is a mess though, but I dont see whats wrong with DLLs. It's an easy way to share code and such across multiple programs.

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I didn't have time to read the whole thing but here is my overall impression with Apple. Let me preface by saying I don't like Apple products and I don't have experience with Windows 7. I prefer windows because thats what I learned on and I'm about 3 months in to using Linux.

Apple is media king. It always will be, I don't foresee any company beating Apple whether its in cell phones or computers. If you need to create/process/edit any kind of media, Apple is the most user friendly. A Mac is user- friendly, very simplistic and runs very clean. IMO though, a Mac is too much power for an average user and therefore a waste of money, but Apple has sex appeal.

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he's right ^^

and PC is for gamers, thats the ONLY reason im still with it
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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.

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[quote author=XB link=topic=158914.msg3377295#msg3377295 date=1256006957]
he's right ^^

and PC is for gamers, thats the ONLY reason im still with it

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I hate to get subscribed into this thread, but a PC is also better suited for business-related use. Even though you can use the Office Suite on Macs.
Plus, there isn't an Apple/Mac equivalant to Thinkpads and Toughbooks, which many engineering firms use for office and field work.

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[quote author=antichrysler link=topic=158914.msg3378007#msg3378007 date=1256052013]
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.
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Thats basically how I feel about mac security, no body really makes mac or linux targeted viruses, as theres just not enough ground to cover with them.
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I like to use linux because its very "lite." It only has what I put on there, it starts up and shuts down very quickly, it doesn't require alot of processing power even with enhanced graphics, and its free.

XP recently had its registry corrupted somehow. Not sure how it happened but it did. I got linux installed in a couple minutes and my computer was up and running. I backed up files and eventually got XP back running. At this point, I use linux probably 90% of the time and switch to XP only when there are compatibility issues with a program or website (which is a HUGE downer for linux).

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Yeah linux shuts down really damn fast on my laptop. A friend of mine, he had a similar dell laptop to mine, and now he has a mac book. He was impressed with how fast it was. However, I find video card support for newer cards is pretty bad. Even with the linux drivers from nvidia, ive had problems on my desktop keeping it stable. Ubuntu 9 ran great for a couple months, after I had worked with it to get it there. One day it just started pumping got errors when trying to launch the GUI.
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