I am, and have been for many years, a Linux evangelist. I feel it is - or has the capability to be - a superior Operating System to the one generally in use. That said, I have felt frustrated for YEARS at the failure of the Linux community to develop a simple, elegant, easy to install and use Operating System that ANYONE could handle. That frustration has been exacerbated in very recent times by the experience I have enjoyed with my MacBook Pro and Mac OS X.
What most people don't really understand is that OS X is built on top of BSD Unix - an Operating System that is enough like Linux to be its twin.
If Apple can do it - why can't the THOUSANDS of people working on Linux do it?
Even Apple has had its trials and tribulations with its platform.
I bought my Mac when there was a new version of the hardware coming to market - and OS X 10.5, known as Leopard, was fairly mature. And over the couple of years we've been together, Luscious* and I, there has been more and more time elapsing between software updates. Which is good.
*Luscious is the name I've given to my Mac - in honor of her buttery keyboard.
But, not being one to be left behind, and knowing that a new version of Mac software was coming (called Lion), and that one HAD to be on Snow Leopard (10.6.x) in order to download the new O/S, I ordered and today installed OS X 10.6.3.
I was really surprised at the way things did NOT work after the upgrade. Apple is not immune to O/S problems and issues. If I wasn't ready for THAT realization, I really wasn't ready for the update to the update I had to download to get everything working right. That said, it DID take only one download - which comprised 4 separate files - but the download was a surprising 1.12 GIGABYTES in size. Thank goodness I have broadband.
If you are considering a computer purchase, or if you are tired of the problems endemic in MS Windows, allow me to recommend Mac. Apple's OS X 10.6.7 is fabulous. The hardware is well thought out and durable.
And it just works.
p.s. If you, like me, are a photographer, and CS5 is a bit too much money to spend, GIMP runs just fine in Mac - and GIMP is a VERY good post processing package.