This is my first post... so be gentle. My name is Pete and I own a PC. I want to switch. I want to switch to either Mac or Linux. I have fallen in gooey love with Mac products since Steve has come back... but I am completely turned off by price and hardware offerings. Yes, you get what you pay for but $1299+/- for an unupgradeable underpowered computer is unacceptable to a Wintel user. And, no way can I afford the Pro line and monitors. I have not experienced the myriad horrors recounted by people in this forum from using wintel. My computers maybe crash once every 6 months or so and this is after hard daily use (games, photo work etc.). Maybe I just don't tweak with my stuff as much or have had exceptionally stable hardware component match. Regardless, dissatisfaction with the world of wintel is not my primary reason for leaving a sinking ship. My reason is Palladium (hardware imbedded anti-theft tech), Microsoft's draconian licencing scam, and lack of "cool-factor" (I want something on my desk that is distinctive and beautiful). I worry though about buying a computer from Apple and, due to Steve pathological need for secrecy (when he was a child,do you think he told his mother where he was going when he went out to play?), I don't want to but a computer, wait 4-6 weeks for shipment and then find that a product line was just released even before I received my now-outdated model came home to roost. Also, the cost of the expensive OS upgrades seems prohibitive. A switch by Apple to either IBM or Intel/AMD hardware would be welcome for me because, yes Ghz. may not be the end all and be all of computing but it is a easy hueristic for understanding and comparing performance. (Altivec... what is that!!) I would like some guidance and to clear up any mis-conceptions about Apple I may have. Thank yo for your time.