How do all !!?? need some input on the spiritual road of converting from PC-dom to Mac-dom!!! I have been a PC user for the 10 years and am extremely comfortable in both using and finding my away around the OSs in particular Win98, NT & XP. I am currently using XP on an Inspiron 2500 Laptop Intel Celeron 900Mhz,10Gb HDD & 512Mb RAM with a CD-RW\DVD-R. Last year I upgrade the peripherals to include a 17 Relisys monitor and USB 2.0 PCMCIA card. I also purchased an external a Medion DVD RW with a Sony reader\writer and an external 250Gb SATA HDD. So all in all its a bitty system but unfortunately it doesnt rock my boat anymore!! Its working to the limit of its abilities and to top all that Im sick of the constant grind of getting it to do what I want it to do. I have spec-ed the following machine from Dell: Dell Dimension E9200 for 1250.00 Intel Core 2 Dou E6400 Processor (2.13GHz,1066Mhz,2MB) 2048Mb Dual channel DDR2 RAM Hdd: 500Gb SATA RAID 0 Stripe ( 2 * 250Gb 7200rpm drives) 16X DVD+/- RW Drive 256Mb NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS graphics card OS: Vista Home Premium Its a good spec but its going to have the same old problems Crashing, Viruses, Spyware, Updates etc etc. I have started to check out the iMac and in particular the high spec-ed G5. What really attracts me is the stability of the system and the apparent ease of everyday use. I am really blown away by all the bundled software with the machine, the built in speakers , mic & camera. Its a design classic for Gods Sake!!! Wild!!! My Main uses are as follows: Email, internet(for work & pleasure), Bit Torrent, burning DVDs\CDs, mp3s, Word Processing and other bits and pieces. The spec for the G5 20 iMac with the 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2Gb RAM and 250Gb HDD suits my needs and would allow me to kick off and enjoy myself to my hearts content! Cost is not am issue. The Irish Apple store quoted 1,760.00 for the above spec. I appreciate the fact that some fo these questions may have already been asked I have tried to find out as much as possible but People I need some help on the following to get right in my head and to help me on my way to making a final decision: 1. Leopard? Is it true that it wont be released until May07 should I wait for the release or go for Tiger? Will Leopard be worth waiting for? If I have to upgrade from Tiger to Leopard will it cost much? Any other issues? 2. As a PC-Head with 10 years use in them how hard is the transition for PCs to Macs? 3. At present I am using an external SATA 3.5 250Gb HDD connected via a USB to my Laptop. It is NTFS formatted with 3 partitions. Am I correct in stating that Macs can only read from the HDD and to use it with an iMac I will have to copy the files over to the Mac drive and reformat the external drive to either to FAT32 or HFS+ to read\write to it? Would I get better performance if I got a Firewire enclosure rather than use my existing USB one? 4. Printer Issue I have a monochrome laser printer (Samsung Izzi ML4500) and it only has a parallel port. Can I use a standard parallel to USB cable would there be any issues that I should be aware of? 5. I have done a bit of research and I would need to install the "samsung-gdi-foomatic" drivers from http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/MacOSX/samsung-gdi and then I will need to download and install both this samsung-gdi package and the ESP Ghostscript package to make my printer work. Any other thoughts? Am I right in this? 6. Cayman 3300 ADSL Modem\Router - USB v1.1 + Ethernet 10/100 BaseTX with Auto-crossover, RJ-45. I am currently using this via a USB connection. I hope to use this with an iMac via the Ethernet port on that machine. Any issues that might be of concern to me? Can I go ahead and use it with out any major configuration issues? I presume I will have to set up the username & password via my browser on the iMac? 7. I have a Logitech Webcam - will I dump it & use the iSight camera instead? 8. I have an external Medion md-90088 DVD -\+ RW writer (Sony RW DW-G121A) USB device with LightScribe. Will I need to download & install the latest version of Patchburn to make it work? Any other issues\thoughts? 9. What Firewall is recommended? Do I need one at all? Sorry for all the questions but if I can clarify these issues Ill be well on my way to embracing Mac-dom!!! Thanks in advance!!!