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Comparing Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux

This article is a follow-up to episodes 25 and 27 of the Going Linux podcast. We start, here, with a summary of each of the episodes. Click the links to go to the show notes and listen to the episodes. Then we provide the comparison table that we mentioned. It compares the various scenarios and the comparative costs.

In Episode 25 Tom and Larry discussed a cost comparison between installing Windows Vista and Linux on a computer. We discussed two scenarios: upgrading from a previous operating system (the minimal cost scenario, but using all Microsoft software for Windows) and installing "from scratch" (making the assumptions that the previous operating system crashed so badly that an upgrade was not possible, and that the user wanted to install the most full-featured versions of applications).

In Episode 27 we follow-up a discussion we began with Klaatu on episode 2x11 of the Bad Apples podcast about the comparative costs of switching from Mac to Linux. We discuss Apple's marketing surrounding "unix certified", Darwin, X11, and support for open source. Does the Apple machine really play nicely with FOSS, give back to the FOSS community and share the workload with FOSS?

The comparison table has been modified from the original description in Episode 25, to replace the Avid audio editing application with the more realistically priced Adobe Audition. You can get the comparison table by clicking the link Win-vs-Mac-vs-Lin. The file is hosted on Google Docs and Spreadsheets as a spreadsheet file. Use the Export feature under the File menu to save the file to your hard drive in your favorite format: OpenOffice (ods), MS Office (xls), text (csv or txt), PDF, or HTML.

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