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@@ -76,7 +76,7 @@ Two remarks at the outset. First, because this discussion is aimed at
The earliest choice you will face is buying your computer and deciding what operating system to run on it. The leading candidates are Microsoft Windows, Apple's Mac OS X, and some distribution of Linux. Each of these platforms has gone some of the way---in some cases a long way---toward remedying the defects stereotypically associated with it.
-I would characterize the present state of things this way. Windows dominates the market in terms of sheer numbers. Many long-standing security, design, and usability problems have been somewhat ameliorated in recent years. Mac OS X runs only on computers made by Apple (the existence of "hackintoshes" notwithstanding). In the past, it was harder to make direct comparisons between Apple machines and Windows PCs, but this is no longer the case. In general, the more similarly kitted-out a PC is to an Apple machine, the more the price difference between the two goes away.[fn:compare] However, Apple does not compete at all price-points in the market, so it will always be possible to configure a cheaper PC (with fewer features) than one Apple sells. For the same reason, it is also easier to find a PC configuration precisely tailored to some particular set of needs or preferences (e.g., with a better display but without some other feature or other) than may be available from Apple.
+I would characterize the present state of things this way. Windows dominates the market in terms of sheer numbers. Many of its long-standing security, design, and usability problems have been ameliorated in recent years. Mac OS X runs only on computers made by Apple (the existence of "hackintoshes" notwithstanding). In the past, it was harder to make direct comparisons between Apple machines and Windows PCs, but this is no longer the case. In general, the more similarly kitted-out a PC is to an Apple machine, the more the price difference between the two goes away.[fn:compare] However, Apple does not compete at all price-points in the market, so it will always be possible to configure a cheaper PC (with fewer features) than one Apple sells. For the same reason, it is also easier to find a PC configuration precisely tailored to some particular set of needs or preferences (e.g., with a better display but without some other feature or other) than may be available from Apple.
Because Apple now runs Intel-based hardware, installing and running Windows is easy, and even catered to by Mac OS's Boot Camp utility. Beyond installing OS X and Windows side-by-side, third-party virtualization software is available (for about \$80 from [[http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/][VMWare]] or [[http://www.parallels.com/][Parallels]]) that allows you to run Windows or Linux seamlessly within OS X. Thus, Apple hardware is the only setup where you can easily try out each of the main desktop operating systems.
@@ -84,7 +84,7 @@ Linux is stable, secure, and free. User-oriented distributions such as [[http://
[fn:compare] Comparisons should still take account of remaining differences in hardware design quality, and of course the OS itself.
-I use Mac OS X these days, and I recommend you do, too, so the discussion here reflects that choice to some extent. But the other two options are also viable alternatives. I will not spend any more time trying to convince you one way or the other.
+I use Mac OS X these days, and I recommend you do, too. The discussion here reflects that preference to some extent. But the other options are also viable alternatives, and most of the tools I discuss are available on all three platforms. So I will not spend any more time trying to convince you one way or the other.
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