No. I prefer OS-X to Vista, but I make my money on Windows
I'm an IT support manager with over 10 years experience. I've used every version of Windows and Mac, plus Linux. I've personally enjoyed using all these operating systems over the years, but I give OS-X the nod for being the best all-around design. However, so far I think Vista is off to a smoother start. When OS-X first hit the market, the help desk I managed got a lot of calls with problems and it just didn't seem finished. Today it is a polished and mature operating system, and Vista needs a little more time to get the kinks smoothed out.
I've considered switching my primary systems over to Mac, but I just bought a new Vista laptop that I'm really enjoying so far. Why? Only 15% of my customers use Macs, and since I'm switching jobs soon that is going to drop even lower...to almost nil. For the foreseeable future my knowledge and experience relating to Vista will put food on my table. I've also got a lot invested in Windows software, so switching platforms will actually cost me about $600 more than simply buying a new computer.
That said if you don't need Windows for work, and aren't heavily invested in Windows software, I'd actually recommend switching to a Mac. Even if you do use Windows at work, you can run both on a Macbook.
The only thing that bugs me about OS-X is the dependence on Apple hardware. As nice as Apple hardware is, the selection is limited. If you want an ultraportable that is smaller than a Macbook, it's going to be a Windows or Linux machine. Same if you want to build your own gaming rig or cheap PC. For most people though, it's hard to do better than an Apple Macbook, iMac or PowerMac. And hopefully, if enough people make the switch, I'll be able to make a living as an IT manager in an institution that is 95% Mac and 5% Windows instead of the other way around.
I'd actually rather see open source software and real open standards gain ground. I've been running a laptop with Ubuntu (a flavor of Linux just about anyone can install and use), Firefox browser, Thunderbird e-mail, and OpenOffice.org applications. It's great, but I still prefer Photoshop to the GiMP and I still need to know Windows to do my job.
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