Yes I have also messed with Linux. Mostly in. The form of bootable CDs but I also have a program to install an virtually run windows via a USB drive. I usually keep a full fledged version of Ubuntu and DSL on there at all times.
Also out current family computer is about 5 years old and works just fine. The fact that it has Vista is another problem in it self.
While I enjoy OSX I think Macs are over priced for a basic computer although they do tend to have less problems. For a price example My XPS 15 came with a Quad-Core Core i7 processor @2Ghz, 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory, 750GB HDD, 1080p 15.6" Full HD screen, Bluray drive, Nvidia 525 dedicated graphics card with 1GB of memory, backlit keyboard, and a dual band Wifi N card. The new price for the following options was $1200 I got mine as a Refurbished device for $950.
Now a similar priced MacBook PRO would be the basic model 13" MacBook with a 2.4Ghz dual core Core i5 processor, 4GB of 1333Mhz memory, 500GH HDD, Intel. 3000HD graphics, and all the stock extras like Backlit keyboard Wifi extreme network card.
Now for the money I got more of what I wanted Full HD screen, Bluray drive, Quad core processor. But to. Each his own. If I wasn't. A gamer and didn't have a bunch of Bluray then a Mac would have been a great choice. It's all about what you are going to do with the computer and getting the best one to fit your needs.
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