"The switch from Windows XP to Vista has created a world of
opportunity--not only for Microsoft, but for supporters of
competing operating systems. While Microsoft is hoping it can move
its customers easily to a new version of Windows, Apple and the
Linux community see the transition as a chance to demonstrate the
advancement and advantages of their OSes--and maybe steal some
"If you're one of those Windows users who are less than
enchanted by what you've seen of Vista and you're thinking about
switching, you face some tough choices that can make you feel like
a pioneer. Is it a good idea to move to a Mac, with its easy
interface, high level of safety and stability--and higher prices?
Or is it better to adopt a Linux distro, which is free (or, at
least, inexpensive), supported by a range of imaginative developers
-- and not quite newbie-friendly? Either decision forces you into
new, unfamiliar territory..."