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dennis zined
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why make a move to Mac OS from Windows? What were your reasons?

I've been thinking about buying a mac book pro...just for the mere reason of being fed up with windows and would like to try something new. With the new OSX comin out, my interest level has increased. Is my reason moving to Mac enough justification or will i be dissappointed and prolly switch back after a short while? will i be able to do the things i used to in windows...all i care about are the java stuff like eclipse, jboss, etc.? will i be able to run Linux as a dual boot or will i need virtualization? is mac os a fast os or is windows more decent?

sorry too many questions just for this post...you dont have to answer all of them, you can reply by sharing your experiences.


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Bear Bibeault
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I could go on and on about how OS X is better than Windows but those arguments have been made thousands of times.

I'm sure that there are people that have gone back to Windows after trying OS X, but I personally know none. Every person I know that has switched, or that I've personally cajoled into switching, has become a rabid MacHead.

And for a developer, having a real Unix command line rather than that laughable DOS prompt is essential. Cygwin is great, but can only go so far.

Eclspse, Tomcat and JBoss, all compatible.

I can't guarantee that you'll fall in love with OS X, but odds are you'll end up kicking yourself wondering why you waited so long.

I'll let someone else handle the Linux question; all I do is to run XP in a Parallels instance when I need to test an app in IE. Then I take great delight in making it go away.


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Bert Bates
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what Bear said++

OS X is an actual operating systems - unlike windoze

You can open a ton of windows at once and not worry about a crash. Apple actually cares about the usability of the OS, unlike window$ which always seems to me to subjugate the user experience in favor of squeezing more money put of its users. Windows is constantly irritating, OS X stays out of your way. Windows is ugly, OS X is elegant...

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(what Bear and Bert said)++;

I was really skeptical about switching, and spent at least a year agonizing about whether I would still be able to _______, or how I would _______, or whatever. A few days after switching, my only real questions were why I waited so long, and why people still use Windows.


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Amy Salerno
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If you move to mac you won't regret it. I'm a recent switcher. One of the plus sides, you can run windows on it until you get used to OS X but I doubt you will want to.
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Amy isn't kidding. I switched many years ago before Intel Macs were available, so I bought an expensive KVM switch so that I could share the monitor and keyboard and continue to use my PC while I "got used" to OS X.

After a month I realized that I had never swithced back to the PC once.

The PC got disassembled and put into a closet until I gave it away to charity later.
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
...I switched many years ago before Intel Macs were available, so I bought an expensive KVM switch so that I could share the monitor and keyboard and continue to use my PC while I "got used" to OS X...

I also switched in the pre-Intel days, and being apprehensive about the "can't do that on a Mac" talk, I expected to need Virtual PC to fill the gaps. Fortunately, I was wrong. It turns out there's nothing I need Windows for.

I think Windows has trained us to expect steep learning curves. So I planned to use my Mac PowerBook for about a year to see how I "got used" to it, and then decide whether to switch my desktop as well. After just a month or two of using the PowerBook, I couldn't put up with my XP machine any longer, and replaced it with an iMac. What a relief!

I've found Macs to be liberating -- not limiting.

(By the way, my pre-Intel Macs are still performing just fine. They don't seem to "slow down" over time like Windows machines. So as much as I'm drooling over Apple's new hardware, my old Macs aren't limiting me at all, and I expect Leopard will run just fine on them.)
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dennis zined
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Thank you for sharing all your Mac experiences

I've decided to give it a try but will wait for the Leopard OS this October. Worse case, I'll wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to get it. It'll be a perfect gift from me to me ...boy is my wife going to be unhappy. Not quite sure yet if I'd go for the 15" or the 17". I'd like the thought of being mobile and 15" somehow makes sense. However, the 17" inch comes with 1920 x 1200 and i've always loved higher resolutions / more realty space .
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Originally posted by dennis zined:
... Not quite sure yet if I'd go for the 15" or the 17". I'd like the thought of being mobile and 15" somehow makes sense. However, the 17" inch comes with 1920 x 1200 and i've always loved higher resolutions / more realty space .



That might depend on how much time you spend carrying your portable around (besides your budget of course). For a while I was lugging it every day and even a 15" starts to feel pretty heavy, or limiting in terms of what else you want to lug around (I really hesitated to carry around books too, and extra layers of clothes were a hassle).

If you're into pixels, I'd highly recommend getting a 15" and then springing for a monitor and keyboard for your less mobile moments. Word has it that larger monitors increase your productivity, remember to tell your wife that.
 
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