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I'm a fan of Mac OSX due to the easy availability of the terminal if I need it, plus a nice user interface and consistency/integration with my other devices. Having a Mac makes it easy to test different web browsers, since I can run Windows in a virtual machine and near instantly have access to older versions of IE without having to reboot (plus Firefox/Chrome/etc. on my Mac). There are some apps out there (Coda, Espresso) for coding that I'd really miss if I switched back to Windows.

 

All that said, it's really a personal preference thing. There are good coding apps for Windows too, and it really depends on what you are comfortable with.

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Hmm, I wonder about everyone else. I have Windows 7 Home Premium and I have Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, IE, and IE tester which has the versions 5.5+ and I use that a lot. I am new to these forums. Do people post here often?

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At work we use Windows XP, but next year should get new machines with Windows 7 as that is what our users are using.

 

At home I have a Dell Netbook, so Windows 7 Starter... bloody worthless.

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I'm a fan of Mac OSX due to the easy availability of the terminal if I need it, plus a nice user interface and consistency/integration with my other devices. Having a Mac makes it easy to test different web browsers, since I can run Windows in a virtual machine and near instantly have access to older versions of IE without having to reboot (plus Firefox/Chrome/etc. on my Mac). There are some apps out there (Coda, Espresso) for coding that I'd really miss if I switched back to Windows.

 

If you are willing to set all that up and understand the terminal then the Mac is probably for you mtoagtechnology but for me I prefer to stick to something I know well. Windows 7. I would like to learn terminal though.

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If you are willing to set all that up and understand the terminal then the Mac is probably for you mtoagtechnology but for me I prefer to stick to something I know well. Windows 7. I would like to learn terminal though.

Just pointing out... you don't have to touch the terminal if you are on a Mac -- it's just an optional feature that makes things easier for some people. There really isn't anything to set up.

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I personally use Centos Linux for my Web and Email servers, which I host myself, just was fascinated by making my own hosted server that's really only got resources by way of bandwidth for just me, gets by though but it only gets a maximum of 2mb but it has 3 old P3 processors so it's quite small really but with about well above 10GB of RAM so it's quite neat really, got it free from a colleague of mine (what my wordpress blog runs on actually).

 

I also run on that IIS on a different port (since I only have 1 public facing IP address) and use that for the Microsoft side of it, on the same physical computer but as 2 different virtual hosts using Paravirtualization using Xen.

 

I also have a what I call a work station I have done various things on which I had on a dual boot I should say now Windows XP and Centos Linux aswell (thought I did also have a authenticated method too evem on XP to Linux) so some users had to exist as a user on a server to be allowed on my workstation, just wanted to see what I could do with it.

 

I like both really for different reasons but never really considered a Mac to be honest, not that I am against them for designers it's great but to be honest I think their way over priced personally.

 

That's my thoughts anyways, I get my kicks highs out of developing applications not designing,

Jez.

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I consider myself fairly versatile when it comes to O/S selection. I have used DOS/Windows PC's all my life, switched my main laptop to Mac two years ago, and have used numerous flavors of Unix/Linux/BSD while studying for my Comp.Sci. degree.

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Been playing around with Ubuntu(Linux) on an older window computer that just keep crashing using windows xp. It looks promising and Ubuntu offers some free cloud backup as well. You might check it out... ubuntu-dot-com

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