Here's something I was wondering. First, let me give you a little history. After the Commodore VIC-20 I had, my first 'real' computer was an Apple IIGS. I used it for years, until 1992. After a few angry mails to Cupertino, and a few responses with some token free books and stuff, it was clear that the II was dead. So, I switched to a PC running Windows 3.1. Life continues, and I learn all about CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, the Registry, and other wonderful, wonderful pieces of technology. Fast forward to 1999, after I've owned a few home-built Intel and AMD boxes... I'm done with college, at a job where we're setting up a video department. I'm in charge of figuring out what the hell to buy. Looking at available options, I decide the new Mac B&Ws are the best choice, and I get a new Mac on the desk. (Remember, this was the dot-com era.) At once, with the Canon XL1 we purchased and my new Mac, I am tearing out broadcast video like a banshee. (Damn, those were the good old days. We weren't even at a Blue alert level back then.) Upon quitting, I take it upon myself to purchase a Mac for the home... the first Apple equipment I had purchased since '87. It's a B&W Server, bought new on auction immediately after the Yikes G4s came out. I'm actually using it right now. Granted, it has 640MB more RAM, a new 80GB HDD, a DVD burner, a 600MHz G4 upgrade ZIF, and some other stuff in it. But it still looks like a freakin' Smurf. I used it in conjunction with my PC (Mac: Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator; PC: general Office/Internet stuff) until my PC died. Thinking I'd give OS X another try (I had 10.0 for a bit but didn't use it because it sucked), I installed a friend's copy of OS X 10.1. I haven't had a PC since. Now I'm at 10.2 (YES, I BOUGHT IT) and loving it. While I'm writing this, I'm SSH-ing to another machine to run Folding, and encoding MPEG-2 from Final Cut, and the machine is rock-solid. I can't go back to Windows. I won't. But, once in a while (for audio), I boot into OS 9. And, I HATE IT. It's like I stepped back 10 years in the history of computing. I'd rather use Windows XP. In fact, if there wasn't an OS X 10.1 or 10.2 I would have sold my Mac years ago, as near and dear as it is (I have bought an iBook since as well). So, assuming you've read through all this--had Apple stuck with OS 9 going into '03, would you switch to the DARK SIDE? There's advantages and disadvantages, but for me, the cheaper hardware, wider selection of drivers and software, and protected memory structure of WinXP outweigh the ease of use of OS 9. What do you think?