Originally Posted by rapunzel47
I'd be interested to hear your comparative assessment of them, Mike.
For me, XP at home, and Windows 2000 in the office.
The iMac is my workhorse. Living 30 miles from a town with a population of 30,000, and over 90 miles from anything larger, I do everything from home. Shopping, banking, bill pay. I have a firewall on my router and with it and the IPFW on the iMac, I feel pretty secure. And, I love the way iPhoto keeps track of my pictures. I like Mac's Safari browser, but I got spoiled to the add-ons for Firefox, so I have Firefox installed. Apples mouse takes some getting used to. I've gotten to where I have actually programmed all the buttons on my mouse to perform a function, and going from that to Apples one-button mouse almost feels disabling. So, I invested in the Logitech wireless keyboard-mouse for Mac, which still has the option and control keys from the Mac, but also has a 5 button mouse.
The Acer I bought almost as an afterthought, it was on clearance at Office Depot, and I'd not tried Vista yet, and it was less than $300 USD(270'ish), so I bought it. Vista SHINES as part of my home entertainment center. Media center is some awesome stuff
and vista is pretty
! Plus at the moment, NetFlix's "Watch Instantly" streaming movies only works on Windows. The PC worked just great, but I decided it could only be better, so dug into the closet and found 2 more GB of DDR2 to max the memory out at 4 GB, and installed a 2nd HDD for a total of 750 GB of Hard drive. It's all hooked into a Panasonic sound system and the Display is a 42" Magnavox LCD HDTV.
I totally love Linux, but it does have it's drawbacks. Because Linux doesn't pay for licenses for proprietary software or codecs, they are not included in the Linux releases, or distro. You have to find the codecs and install them yourself. But, there are a few distros that come packaged with codecs, such as Linux Mint, but there are some questions about how legal that is
Linux is very solid and reliable, but on the older laptop I have it installed, it doesn't recognize the modem. I have DSL, but keep a low priced dialup ISP for a backup. But, with the other computers, that doesn't amount to much.
Note: I downloaded the newest release of Ubuntu, which will be 8.10, and it DOES recognize the modem, but it's only in Alpha release, and I'm not cutting edge enough to work with that
All in all, I'm happy with any or all of them, but I believe the iMac is my favorite, more for personal reasons that technical ones. Because it's completely self contained, (1 power cord, that's it), I can pick it up off the desk and carry it out to the picnic table, or set it on a coffee table. The laptops hardly seem to get any use at home, except for the one from work, which I do my "homework" on.