A friend of mine asked me why I got a Mac. I've had a MBA now for ~8 months, and it's a pretty decent machine. I told him that I was really wanting to try out OS X as I have heard so many great things about it. After using it somewhat extensively, I can say for sure two things: Apple laptops are built far better than Windows laptops. There is really nothing in OS X you can do that you can't do in Windows or Linux. Before people get all out of control, stop and think. IMO a lot of people switched to a Mac back in the days of Windows 98 or early XP. Now that Windows 7 is out, it is a much better OS. I actually prefer using Ubuntu as I find I can do pretty much anything I want. Windows gets a bad rep from manufacturers loading massive amounts of trial crapware on a pre-built PC. A clean install and careful computing will keep this under control I have found out that not everything "just works" on a Mac. If you stay in the Apple ecosystem, then everything will just work. Here is my take on operating systems. Windows 7 - Everything out there you can imagine is well, out there. OS X - Well made, well thought out, lots of great software for pay. Linux - If you want to tailor your OS to do exactly what you want.