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Laptop Saga - getting a new one, selling my old one
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 17th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
A few things. If OS X were available without paying for Mac hardware I'd probably use it, it is a good OS. But I just can't justify paying for a Mac, and they don't even offer things I want in their laptops - like Blu-ray drives.

I also HATE one-button mice/touchpads. HATE with a passion that burns like the sun. Mice should have three buttons at a minimum, don't make me use bucky keys - right click and middle click are useful tools. One of the first things I do on Windows is turn on middle-key emulation for the laptop touchpad (simultaneous click). With an external mouse I can work around it on a Mac, but not the built-in touchpad, which is how I use my laptop.

So Mac hardware is just right out for several reasons. But mainly because I think it is far, far too expensive for what you get. (I could probably get used to one-button, eventually.) Too bad Apple doesn't sell OS X separately.

UNIX/Linux is OK, and I used to run Linux on my primary personal machine, but I just got sick of having to find ways around software availability to accomplish the same things iTunes, TiVo Desktop, SlingPlayer, etc do. For that matter I pretty much need to have Windows or Mac OS for work since those are the only operating systems we currently support with our products. I can install emacs, OpenOffice.org, etc, on Windows, and even Cygwin if I need the full environment. Actually I may run VMware and throw Ubuntu on my new machine too.

So UNIX/Linux isn't really a viable option. Between MacOS and Windows I can get more for my money with Windows. And I've been using it for long enough that I'm pretty good and really don't have any trouble with it. (Though Vista will be new to me, so we'll see.) Windows does what I need with less hassle and for less money, with more choices.