I just got back from a computer show where they did a demo of some of the features / advantages of the Macintosh OSX operating system. All I have to say is WOW! I want one NOW! Here were some things I saw that I liked:
- Security - OSX forces you to run as a non-supervisor user. Whenever you actually need to make a change to the machine, it asks you for your supervisor password. This is the exact opposite of how Windows works. Windows runs as a supervisor user by default. This means that in Windows, you can easily destroy anything on your computer without even realizing it. Plus, by running in this mode, it makes it very easy for viruses/spyware to do damage to your machine. In OSX, you are essentially locked into your home directory and you can't really make any significant changes to your machine without entering the supervisor password. This makes it VERY difficult for you to do any damage to your computer. Virii/spyware are essentially non-existent on OSX.
- Expose - Expose is the OSX system for managing the multiple applications running on your computer. You press one key on the keyboard, and it shrinks every application running on your computer to a series of thumbnail shots of the window, all of them on the screen at the same time. Then you just click on the thumbnail and everything returns to normal and it switches to that program. There is no real equivalent to this on Windows. You have to pressing Alt-TAB and cycling through the open programs. There is no comparison.
- Spotlight - This is the OSX desktop search tool. Just run the program, type in a search term and it automatically finds that term anywhere on your computer - PDFs, email, pictures, etc. Very nice. There is no equivalent to this in Windows that I know of.
- UI - the user interface on this thing is absolutely beautiful. 'nuff said.
- External USB devices - Incredibly easy. Just plug it in and it shows up as another hard drive on the destop. Then you just use it as you would any other hard drive.
- Dual 64 bit processors - Except for the lowest end Powermac, all Powermacs have Dual 64 bit processors, running at about 2Ghz a piece. For $1500 you are getting essentially 4Ghz worth of processor speed! This is much better than anything you can get in a PC for that price.
- Development environment - Every copy of OSX comes with a complete development environment. This means that anyone can write software for OSX right out of the box. Compare this to Windows where the development environment (Visual Studio), runs about $2000/computer!
- Web browser - The web browser (Safari) is completely standards based (unlike Internet Explorer in Windows). Plus, Safari supports tabbed browsing and RSS feeds (two features that once you try them, you can't live without)
- CD/DVD Burning Software - Included in OSX. Granted, Windows XP has limited CD burning built in, but not on this level!
- DVD player - fully functional DVD movie player included with OSX. This is a separate, additional cost on Windows.
- Unix software - Supports practically ALL Linux/Unix software, with a simple recompile. Try that in Windows!
God, this is a sweet computer! I want one *so* bad!