Originally posted by wizard69
OS/X simply doesn't offer as much as some imagine - iTunes does not make an OS for most people.
Firstly it is OS X, and I'm assuming here that you've never used it.
What is Windows XP then? A device for playing things in Windows Media Player? No, it also comes with a webbrowser (IE, versus Safari), an Email client (Outlook Express, versus iMail), a video player (WMP, versus Quicktime), built-in virus/worm/spyware vulnerability, Windows Movie Maker (versus iMovie HD) and Chat (MSN, versus iChat). Where's iDVD? Where's iLife? Where's Automator? Where's Dashboard? Where's iCal? I presume it has an iPhoto style application, but I never found it. I like it's system-wide export to PDF ... oh, wait!
Never mind the fact that OS X actually lets you get work done. I haven't been using it for long, but I think I am twice as productive per unit of time than in Windows. It simply doesn't get in the way.
Not to mention that Xcode is free and included, and whilst it isn't a Visual Studio it is fairly powerful still.
Could I, in one day, set up Apache, MySQL, WebDav, a CVS server, then still have enough time to learn about SSI and create a small website and deploy it on Windows? No. But I did that yesterday on this Apple. Thanks to the built-in Unix subsystem anyway. This is a proper developer's machine.
I first used it last Friday. Before that I very rarely had access to Macs, I generally used FreeBSD, Linux or Windows XP at home. The only thing I hate is the Apple mouse, not because it only has one button, but because it seems quite unresponsive.