Re: Please advise me...
How do the 2 OS's compare? Anyone have real-world experience on both?
If you just want to do work (or play), Mac OS/X is pretty sweet. Things
like iMovie and iTunes are pretty awesome. USB devices "just work". Plug
in an external firewire drive, and poof!; there it shows up on the desktop.
However, when you get ready to get under the hood or do
Power-Administration, you'll be wishing you were sitting at a Linux box
instead of an OS/X box. Not because you can't do the power-admin stuff
on OS/X; it's just . . . different.
As a minor example; suppose you have a user who needs you to do
something for them. You sit down in their chair, and after a couple of
minutes you realize you need to need to do something as root. You know
the root password, but you don't know the user's password. You don't
want to log him out, because you'll need to test your changes under his
password. You can enable Fast User Switching, and switch to a second GUI
session (like having a second X session, but when you switch sessions
there's a really neat graphical
effect). There you do your admin stuff. But then when you go back to the
first user, you find out you need his password after all to get back.
Yeah, it's more secure than the typical X session switching in Linux
(and probably configurable on both OSes), but it's a pain.
Another example, there's no such thing as Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to the
first VT, etc.
Another example, even in Terminal (an xterm equivalent), even root can't
see the Desktop files, etc of another user without resetting permissions
or doing other magic.
On the other hand, Mac OS/X "just works".
So again, from a user's standpoint, OS/X has a lot to recommend it. From
a power-user's standpoint, Linux has more "access".