I’ve built PCs in the past, and I’ve played around with Linux distros. As a teenager, I was constantly taking apart and swapping and installing and tinkering around with frankenputers. We didn’t have a lot of money, and my dad would bring home these broken PCs he bought from some German dude for a penny, and we’d swap out parts to cobble together a better machine.
Do I think Linux is great, and even greater cause it’s FREE and open source? You bet I do!
But now I choose a Mac. And I have for many years.
I like a low maintenance, high performance computing tool. Mac OS X and most of its major apps are well integrated, high quality tools.
The quality of the hardware is superb and a big factor for me. The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are things of beauty. They’re a pleasure to use and they exude good design. They’re not crappy plastic boxes. The keyboard is comfortable and sturdy, not a spongy piece of crap. The aluminum case takes abuse. You can’t say that about a lot of the Fisher Price PC crap laptops you’ll find on Newegg.
My Macbook Air also weighs like -.005 pounds, starts up right away, and lasts all day on its battery.
Sure, you pay for that quality, but whatever. Macs retain their value. I used a PowerBook back in the day, and when it got too outdated… guess what? I sold it for a nice chunk on eBay and bought myself a MacBook Pro. Old iMac? Sold it, and bought a Mac Mini.
When I decided my MacBook Pro was too heavy to lug back and forth to Manhattan, I gave it to my boyfriend. My boyfriend easily sold his aging black MacBook for a nice chunk and gave me the money to put toward a MacBook Air. Nobody jumps to buy an old Acer.
But moving on, OS X is a well thought out operating system, and Apple continues to improve it all the time. A lot of people say that you can get as good a UI in Linux as you can on a Mac, but that is just not true. Yes, there are some very shiny Linux distros and window managers out there. But the quality of third-party Linux app UIs is, generally, pretty darn poor, and certainly not on par with the average UI quality of Mac apps.
Mac 3rd party apps are exceptionally good and the devs seem to take pride in making software that offers a great user experience. Most of the Win/Linux software I’ve used doesn’t seem to care about that. Yes, there are apps for Linux that can get the job done and they work great, but the majority of the apps on a Mac just make me smile. I enjoy the time I spend with them.
I also don’t have to choose. If I want to, I can run Windows and/or Linux on my Mac. So, if there’s a Windows-only App that I absolutely need, I can run it. And, if I want to tinker with Linux, I can. And when I’m done with both, I can go back to my shiny OS X.
Do Macs have problems? Sure. I think iCloud is total crap and not ready for primetime. I hate iTunes, and I think the Mavericks version of iBooks is a pile of cat vomit. (Use Calibre!)
I totally accept that many people prefer Linux, and I’m totally cool with that. You all have good reasons.
But for me, I pick a Mac.