Hi all, Looks like a great forum, I'm glad I found it. Just a few basic questions on whether switching to Mac is a good choice right now. Sorry if this gets too long... Some background, I'm an I.T. professional with a work-issued PC laptop (Thinkpad, which is really a nice machine), but for home use I no longer really need Windows. My aging desktop machine should be phased out soon, and my wife's PC is also causing her trouble. I don't play games anymore, and I dread buying a new PC with Vista. My idea is to replace them both with the white 2.0ghz Macbooks. Having a laptop has been really nice - I never thought I'd find them so useful, but I can't see going back to a desktop now. I used to use a Mac professionally, back in the late 90's. I loved them but it was unrealistic to keep using them. Now I think it's realistic again, and I'm tired of being tech support for my wife's XP machine. I have also been a Unix admin in the past and still use Redhat & Solaris a lot, so switching to OS X should be natural for me. Based on the light home usage I can't justify the MB Pro models, that and I have to fork over the dough for two of them. They'll also be plugged into bigger monitors, so the small screen should be OK. Now the questions - should these models be OK? Here's the software I mainly use. What would be the Mac equivalents, and how much am I looking at spending for new software? UltraEdit32 & Ultracompare - Fantastic shareware programmer's text edtior and visual file comparer. I'll really miss this one. I used BBEdit back in the day, are they still around? Firefox - Already my main browser so this is easy. What do you do for those "IE Only" web sites? I run into them all the time, since I use Firefox as my primary browser. Sometimes it's necessary to start up IE. SecureCRT - SSH client. I imagine OS-X comes with a terminal prog... FTP Client? Picassa - How does iPhoto compare? HTML editing - is there a Homesite equal? DVD Decrypter / ConvertXtoDVD - For multimedia. My DVD player plays DIVX movies, so I typically burn 4 or 5 AVI's to a DVD for my kids and we watch them that way. What's the Mac equivalent? Does the DIVX codec plug in easily? I don't anticipate any problem with multimedia on the Mac but I have to ask. DVD Burning - I use Nero 6, which works great for CD's and DVD's. What's the Mac use? Music Jukebox. I use MusicMatch to index my 10,000 or so MP3's. How is iTunes? Will it synch to my non-iPod MP3 player? Anything else I should watch for? Thanks much I appreciate any help you can give.