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Mac OS X (pronounced /m (aelig) k. O?. ?s. T?n/) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc.

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Pros

Good looking

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Easy to use

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Stable. Yes, it can crash, but in my experience, it crashes far less often than any version of Windows.

8 agree

no oppressive product validation

8 agree

affordable price

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Not affected by most, if any, viruses and worms

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The "dashboard" is very useful and doesn't interfere with other programs.

6 agree

innovative

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The "dock" make navigation easy.

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Not much of a learning curve.

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Bootcamp - software to easily allow dual booting OSX with alternative operating systems on Apple hardware (specifically Windows)

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Unlike MS Windows, application are mostly of extremely high quality, with very little proportion of junk.

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Rock solid open source BSD UNIX subsystem

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high amount of UI polish

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Time Machine - easy to use backups and file recovery

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Easy downloading.

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exposé desktop accessibility tool - functional and pretty

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Spotlight - intelligent and speedy all-in-one tool for file management, program/system configuration launcher

2 agree

Well-designed operating system (bundles, consistent HIG, Cocoa, etc)

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Cons

Not as many applications/games available compared to Microsoft Windows

12 agree

only works on Apple hardware

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Cannot be virtualized

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closed source

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Mac OS X (pronounced /mæk.o?.?s.t?n/) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc., the latest of which is pre-loaded on all currently shipping Macintosh computers. Mac OS X is the successor to the original Mac OS, which had been Apple's primary operating system since 1984. Unlike its predecessors, Mac OS X is a Unix-based operating system built on technology that had been developed at NeXT through the second half of the 1980s until Apple purchased the company in early 1997.

The first version released was Mac OS X Server 1.0 in 1999, and a desktop-oriented version, Mac OS X v10.0 followed in March 2001. Since then, five more distinct "end-user" and "server" versions have been released, most recently Mac OS X v10.5 in October 2007. Releases of Mac OS X are named after big cats, for example Mac OS X v10.5 is usually referred to by Apple and users as "Leopard". The server edition, Mac OS X Server, is architecturally very similar to its desktop counterpart but usually runs on Apple's line of Macintosh server hardware. It includes workgroup management and administration software tools that provide simplified access to key network services, including a mail transfer agent, a Samba server, an LDAP server, a domain name server, and others. Apple also produces customized versions of OS X for use on three of its consumer devices, the Apple TV, the iPhone and the iPod touch. The modified OS only contains what is needed for that particular device (un-needed drivers and components are removed), though certain sources have reported that simple hacks could install features in the Mac OS to the stripped down version, which could indicate Apple wants to improve upon a common platform on all its hardware devices.

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Gbchaosmaster
04/18/2009 06:26

Mac OS X is far better than Windows. Sure, Windows does have a couple more games, but they can be easily downloaded, which, by the way, is a snap with OS X. It just has such a better interface compared to others.

Howlsthunder
04/17/2009 08:05

I agree with gadgetcoma. I'd rather have a dedicated game console for games, personally. Gaming does not factor into how I choose my computing experience - stability, ease of use, reliabiliy, and all-around user-friendliness is what I count on. I use a Mac to make my living and I can't afford down-time, something which has been a rarity for me since switching to Mac. Its the reason I will pay the extra $ for a Mac over an equally-powered yet slightly cheaper PC.

Gadgetcoma
01/05/2009 04:45

Saying there aren't as many games / apps available as for Windows is technically true, but there are many titles available and just about anything you need can be found for Mac OS. If not, just run Parallels, Fusion or Boot Camp.

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