joebloe wrote:Going with Mac partly because of the
relatively low malware risk for the OS, partly because a relative's Powerbook is still going after 7 years of heavy use.
I can deal with malware and hardware problems just fine, but I think during LS I'd rather worry about something other than whether I can get a backup/reformat/reinstall done in time for class. Or about the time wasted just getting to the point where I decide a reformat is necessary. That crap takes an unbelievable amount of time.
Obviously, if you only need something to take notes on and aren't going to screw around, just get a netbook and try Ubuntu.
Also, I don't know about today's Celerons, but the ones they put in laptops a few years ago had zero power conservation features. I had a Toshiba with a Celeron; battery life was horrendous. Needed to plug in after 90 minutes when it was brand new. Not so much of a problem if you can assuredly sit near a plug, but the courses I was taking, this was not easy to accomplish.
Nah, that's all pretty much fixed.
I still say that OSX is one of the least secure systems with a market penetration over 1%.