Originally Posted by Shawn Patrick
Intel chipsets and processors are expensive across the computing spectrum, not only for Apple.
Yes Intels top of the line chipsets are expensive but in the alternative OS world you have many machines built with far cheaper chip sets. Those chip sets can come from Intel or AMD. Frankly I haven't even looked at low end laptops in over a year now, but AMD's BRAZOS platform was very popular in the extreme low end machines awhile ago. So too cheaper Intel and AMD chipsets.
The point is a couple hundred dollars of an Apple laptop costs are directly related to the cost of Intels Chipset.
As for an alternative to Linux, that's a choice we all have to make. I've set up a media server running Linux Mint, it's great and I don't think I'll be changing that out any time soon. My Mac is for video and audio editing, and my PC is my work horse for daily messing about, database creation and other work. We could argue until we're both blue in the face about the pros and cons of each operating system, but in the end neither of us will convince the other that our way of thinking is superior.
The intent wasn't to convince you of anything! I bought a MBP and the Mac OS echo system because it is a far better platform, especially for a laptop. Frankly one could suggest that it is far better than any other platform right now for mobile computing. You basically get the power of UNIX in a very power efficient machine.
By the way I have Linux systems at home and a VM on the laptop. At work it is no choice other than Windows.
However I stand by my assertion of Apple's customer base being driven by the unspoken desires of Apple's marketing. To the point that they see their product as the best in the world and then charging a price that reflects this mentality. Because in the end all the sheeple of the world see is that Apple logo on the back of your beat up MBP. Nothing else really matters to them (sheeple) beyond that.
In many aspect the Mac is the best in the world. I have exposure to all of the major platforms and frankly Mac OS is the most trouble free of the lot. Does that mean it is perfect - no but it is certainly worth a few dollars more.
I have to wonder if a Mac user peed in your cereal this morning as you seem to be really upset with Mac users for some reason.
Don't get me wrong, I love my MBP, my iPhone and iPad, the Apple culture, and so on. But I'm also not going to disregard one OS over another because it doesn't conform to the standards of independent tests conducted by others, or because I'm anti-Bill Gates/Steve Jobs/Linus Torvalds.
Where are you pulling this from? Nobody here was talking about disregarding other OS's, I did say something about moving to a Mac as my primary machine from Linux. It was the right thing to do unless you are really into the constant tinkering and incompatible system updates that come out every six months.
I like to think I'm knowledgeable enough in technology as a whole to be completely at ease moving from one OS to another -seamlessly- and building a system from scratch to come to my own conclusions about how well it truly works. I'm far from some kind of genius, but I'm just as far from dumb. Different strokes for different folks, mate.
OK! Again I don't know what set you off here but what in the hell does building your own system have to do with the viability of bringing the Mac Book back or Apple slotting in a new machine into the line up.