Why Buy a Mac

... if you are just going to run Windows on it?

I was on a flight yesterday, and as a MacBook Pro user myself was interested to see my seat mate pull out one as well but surprised to see him boot up Windows. Ok, perhaps he uses BootCamp with Windows to run a Windows specific app or something, but to my further surprise he proceeded to simply watch a video during the flight. Isn't this something that OS X can do as well (better?) and so would make sense to use OS X for?

Yes, the Mac hardware is very nice and I'm pleased with mine, but I can't see spending the extra money over another quality notebook only to turn around and run Windows on it. Thoughts?

Comments:

get an OpenSolaris, and get a life!

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on November 06, 2008 at 02:30 AM PST #

It could be that his "favorite" OS is Windows from personal preference but that his company requires him to use MacOS for development, testing other other reasons. Because you can't run MacOS on a Windows PC in a VM, he has to buy a Mac but runs Windows most of the time.

Posted by Jim Laurent on November 06, 2008 at 02:32 AM PST #

Very soon, we will be calling Windows a "Legacy Desktop" system. I already do. Mac OS X and OpenSolaris are the way to go.

Posted by VistaNot on November 06, 2008 at 02:53 AM PST #

I loaded Ubuntu on mine - I just don't get on with OS X :(

Posted by guest on November 06, 2008 at 04:16 AM PST #

Seems fine to me - I'd buy a Macbook, wipe OSX and stick on OpenSolaris 2008.11.

Posted by Sean Clarke on November 06, 2008 at 07:27 PM PST #

He works for Microsoft and this is the only way they allow him to have a mac.

Posted by Mark on November 07, 2008 at 06:10 AM PST #

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