Firstly, you don't need to have the latest versions of whichever software. The latest isn't always the best.Mandrake wrote:Yes, OS X was out before Windows XP. But Microsoft did not rush XP like Apple did with OS X - leaving out key features such as DVD and CD Writing, this is totally unacceptable IMO. Windows XP was all ready to go when launched, could run virtually any DOS or Windows application. Then, as for pricing: an upgrade version of XP Home is merely $99, compared to $129 for Panther. Then we consider that Apple releases updates virtually every year and each of these usually costs $129. Lets look at two scenarios: Joe Blow owns a Mac, he upgraded from OS 9 to OS X, and he will upgrade to every time Apple releases an update. Bob Jones owns a PC, he has Me, and upgraded to XP Home, then he will update to Longhorn Home Edition when it is released in 2005.
So, Joe Blow upgrades from OS 9 to OS X, to 10.1 (Free) to 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 (2004?) to 10.5 (2005?) - this means, if he pays $129 each time, he would have paid $645 to keep his Macintosh OS up to date.
Now Bob Jones upgrades to XP from Me, costs him $99. Then he upgrades to Longhorn Home in 2005 when it is released, it costs him another $99 - $645 compared to $198 to keep the OS up to date!.
- Now, let's take a closer look,
- From Windows 95 to Windows 98 not cheap,
what you get? strong intergration of Internet Explorer with Windows Update feature.
- From Windows 98 to Windows 98 SE not free and certainly not cheap.
What you get? more multimedia, and more plug-n-play support (still not really playing after you plug in). ActiveDesktop.
- From Windows 98SE to Windows Me definitely not free.
What you get? system restoration.
- from Windows 98Se to Windows 2000 or from Windows NT to Windows 2000 an expensive upgrade.
what you get? (in later SPs) a really working Windows operating system, finally more stable.
- Windows 2000 to Windows XP an very expensive upgrade
what you get? pretty look user interface, clearly borrowed from Apple's Aqua interface with strong Microsoft style.
You not just paid a lot very the years but also regular patch this, update that jobs very frequent. And occasionally you need to download 100MB+ of Service Packs.
Mac OS X?
security updates are free.
10.2 free updates all the way up to 10.2.8, not just this, and new versions of software releases, you also get to update them for free, or even new softwares. (including iPhoto, iCal, Safari, ... etc)
And Panther, you pay for a solid and proven UNIX based and easiest to use operating system, as well as more than 150 stunning new features.