www.teamhcn.com wrote:... For running Vista without Aero – which wouldn't be a fair comparison, given the raft of graphical bells and whistles OSX has had since Tiger (for nearly 3 years now!).
Might I bring to your attention that there is no loss of core functionality without Aero. Also, in order for you to get the "full OS X" experience, you'd require a 1.6Ghz CPU, 1GB+ of RAM, and 12GB HDD space.
I'm running Aero on a 4 year old system. The two OS's in terms of requirements are very much on par with each other. If you're seriously suggesting that each OS can be compared in terms of system requirements apples for apples, you're gravely misunderstanding the purposes of each OS ...
All I'm saying is that each OS is on par with where the hardware technology current sits and in ratio to what was available when the previous version shipped.
Heck, Tiger only required a 300Mhz CPU, 256MB RAM and 4GB HDD space. When did those extra requirements become needed? Oh, that's right ... hardware progression.
True, but the point is, my Mac can still perform those tasks, and most of the time it's not ridiculously slow. Rendering is largely CPU-dependent, so any professional environment will naturally want to have the fastest hardware available. There are a lot of large studios still using G4s as production machines for editorial design and digital imaging, however. They use them because they are fast and most of all, reliable. I've owned 3 Macs in my lifetime, each for an average of 5 years, and only one of them ever needed to go to the shop (once, for minor repairs).
Get Parallels Desktop – problem solved. No more rebooting. Macs in general are more expensive, justifiably, because they are completely different beasts than most Windows-based clones. Yes, you pay for the design, but also quality, the R&D spent on improving the OSX UI and system performance, and the computer hardware itself – to mention nothing of all the software that comes bundled with OSX. 3x as expensive as a PC? I doubt it. When you're getting into Mac Pro territory and building a graphics workstation, the price gap tends to get smaller and smaller.
Not really. Try multitasking with 14 applications, VS2005, Avid Liquid with HD footage, all in a virtual environment (Parallels) on an iMac with 1GB of RAM, at the same time as playing music in iTunes and surving 28 different web pages in Safari (as I am in Firefox right now), may of which consist of 8+ MP digital photos without seeing major slowdowns and setbacks....
That's the performance I need. A Mac Pro would be the only system for me. It would cost close to $3,700.
On the other side of the pond, I could build a more powerful
PC custom for around $1.9k. The software I require is on the Final Cut Studio 2 level ($700, after student discount). Meanwhile, I can get access to most of Adobe's suites for free from my college (or around $350 with discount).
That simply isn't true. The biggest reason Windows users continue buying PCs (and Mac users continue buying Macs) is because they've become used to one particular way of doing things. People become set in their ways, and ignorant of, or resistant to, change.
Windows Vista has been and continues to be an undisputed disaster for Microsoft. Despite Redmond's draconian attempts to squash the XP bug once and for all, PC manufacturers like Dell have actually done a 180º, and gone back to offering XP-based computers. This is most likely because of continued consumer demand for XP, combined with a growing dissatisfaction with Microsoft's latest bloatware.
You basically proved your own point. People don't like Vista because it's different ... to a large degree. I for one highly welcome the change. Vista is hardly bloatware. I've had absolutely zero
issues with it, minus a small NIC card incompatibility, which was quickly fixed. I'm running it on 5 machines. It works fine. It's the idiot users who mess things up and think that zOMGSpyWareRemover will solve all their problems or, in light of the recent OS X trojan, "Oh, I think I'll enter my root password."
Mind explaining to me why OS X had a kernel panic upon trying to install the OS from scratch on a friends computer the other day after installing a fresh HDD? Hardware incompatibilities in OS X exist too, you know. And it doesn't work flawlessly as advertised.
It's also wrong to say that OSX doesn't offer anything for power users – any geek worth his pocket protectors will know that you can do a heck of a lot more with UNIX in Terminal than you can with Vista's wrinkly DOS underpinnings. Lastly, most Mac users do a lot more than surf the Internet and check email. The vast majority of creative professionals, with the possible exception of the 3D graphics industry, rely on Macs.
And as you pointed out yourself, creative professionals don't keep their computers for 6+ years. We're talking about two completely separate groups of people here. The fact of the matter is, as I stated before, that most common, every day, Mac users hardly anything more than surf, email, and occasional photo editing.
I've talked with IT managers at many different studios, and all of them say that the reason they use Macs instead of PCs is because Macs are more intuitive, more secure, and less prone to failure. Macs aren't some quaint little word processors for computer n00bs, they're extremely powerful machines that just happen to be better designed and more intuitive than their Windows-based counterparts.
Mac will gain a higher marketshare in the near future and rightfully so. They're good machines, don't get me wrong. But you need to realize that very soon, they won't be quite as secure. Also, the security of the users is dependent on whether or not the Mac user does the proper updates when prompted. The same is true on Windows systems. And you and I both know that most people don't update or update properly when told... In recent past, even the Linux kernel has seen its share of very serious security holes. I don't care if it's Linux or UNIX or Windows or whatever ... it has security holes. The same thing happened when Firefox gained popularity. The same thing happened with phpBB, vBulletin, IPB, AwStats, Wordpress, heck, even the PHP language itself, ...., shall I go on?