What's the difference between a Windows or a Mac?

By crazyman42
Dec 30, 2006
  1. What is a Mac anyway?

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  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Windows is an operating system for PC type personal computers and servers - a kind of a superprogram that is responsible for running all the other prorams.

    "Mac" refers to personal computers and laptops made by the Apple corporation.
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Mac OS - made by Apple Computers: www.apple.com

    Windows OS - made by Microsoft: www.microsoft.com

    Both are operating systems that make your computer run, although MacOS can only be run on specific builds or apple-approved hardware and windows will run on almost anything it has drivers for.

    There are pros and cons of both systems (some being debatable), possibly too long to list them here one by one, so easy way is to google Mac OS and Windows OS and have a read about them for yourself. I suggest start by going to the links provided above to the actual companies..

    If there's any specific questions you'd like to ask, go ahead and we'll try to answer..
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,154   +985

    From the question, you're likely a PC person so you know what to love/hate there :)

    I got a Mac for the wife back in the early '80s and we've updated three times since then.
    The latest Mac OS X retains the Mac, look-n-feel while having
    moved the OS itself to a Unix FreeBSD foundation. Read carefully there and you
    see that you can now get to a terminal window and run Unix commands and X11
    GUI as well.

    Sadly, Mac is a niche market well supported in desktop publishing and printing.
    It is capable of much more and is quite simple to configure, maintain and to learn.

    Unless you have a specific reason to migrate from a PC to the Mac,
    I always recommend you stay with what you know best -- especially if there
    are critical applications you need and a timeline to complete a task.

    Frankly, I love working on it, and I am knowledgeable on PCs, Unix's, and Mainframes.
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