if your already a mac user linux is cake to learn.
you mentioned no time but there are some that are very user friendly
mepis and ubuntu are 2 that come to mind and both that are a multi boot with my system.
also typicaly macs are slower than pcs hardware wise but the software is more stable and faster making up for the hardware.making them faster than a pc
pcs are way cheaper and if you want the mac stability and the speed and memory size of a pc than I suggest using linux.
also you can put linux on anything weather it is an old or new pc or an old or new mac. so I would say a used laptop with a linux distro on it and there are ways to run windows programs and mac programs on the same machine within linux.
and yes new macs are now intel.
but I have heard you can only run mac OS on hardware contracted by apple thru intel.
I have seen mac os on x86 hardware and I plan on trying this myself soon but havent looked into it much. and it is not user friendly.
if you have a couple weeks you have plenty of time to learn enough linux to be useful. mac is based on the linux kernel,it is not linux but it is closer to linux than windows.
again mepis and ubuntu are distros that are easy there are others but I know these by experience.
I am no computer expert but this is my opinion and I hope it helps a little.
What in the fuck are you babbling about?
Buying an Apple laptop/desktop is usually slightly more expensive than buying a non-Apple (the next person to say PC meaning a Windows box is getting punched in the face) box, but you get a bit more default software and usability. The Windows box will be a bit cheaper, but you’ll have to go grab some free software that’s available to get to the usability level of a Mac.
Macs use commodity hardware. This is important to note again: there is nothing special about Macs in the hardware department. Their LCD screens can actually be pretty bad compared to many other brands (the more tech savvy may know of the 6-bit dithering fiasco). They use x86 Intel processors, normal DDR2 RAM, a typical hard drive, etc. As was mentioned, the ONLY difference that you’re buying is included software.
For day to day use, Linux distros work very well and don’t require a lot of education outside of making sure drivers are available for the hardware you’re purchasing. That said, if you’re used to another OS, stick with it if you’re not in the mood to learn a new one.
Your professor is wrong, OP. The best way to run Windows is to get or build whatever machine you’re going to use and install Windows fresh, then not install shitware like browser toolbars or Weather Channel updates or other such nonsense. One way to do this is to buy a Mac and then install Windows with parallels or boot camp, but a less expensive way is to get your machine, wipe it clean with a new installation of Windows, and not be stupid.
Thanks for the information. I have never wiped a machine clean and installed Windows. Do you know where I can read up on it? I consider myself to be somewhat computer savvy with regards to using them, but as far as what goes on in the background, I am pretty clueless.