by rbsjrx - 2/26/10 9:22 PM
In Reply to: Maybe Mac is the answer by mmasi58
He said a friend of his at work, an engineer, advised him to buy me an Apple computer and I probably would enjoy it again.
Perhaps, I have gone off the subject but do you have any thoughts?"
Macs have a lot to recommend them. Like Linux, Mac OS X is based on the international POSIX standard. Like Windows, but unlike Linux, it's still a proprietary OS. Worst, it only runs on Apple hardware. If that's OK with you, then he's probably right. I have a grandson in San Jose who just traded his PC for a Mac and is deliriously happy with it. OTOH, I just migrated his mother to Linux and his sister is now using my old Vista laptop.
The advantage of POSIX OSs is that they were originally designed for multiple users and support multiple file systems. By being multiuser form the ground up, they suffer few of Windows inherent security vulnerabilities which date back to its days as single user MS/PC-DOS. Windows only supports FAT and NTFS file systems, which are 30 and 20 years old, respectively/ The multiuser nature of POSIX not only makes it more secure, but coupled with the ability to use modern file systems means it doesn't experience the fragmentation problems so common to Windows systems. Most modern POSIX file systems (e.g. ext3, ext4) also feature journaling, so even a catastrophic power failure during a disk write will result in minor and recoverable data corruption unless the disk is physically damaged.
Arguably the biggest advantage is that POSIX doesn't use Windows' bizarre and unreliable registry system (AAMOF, no other OS does!)
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