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AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

Eric Dahl / InsideTech for AdminSecret

October 03, 2008

9. Consider an AnyOS Machine (a.k.a. a Mac)

Whether you love or hate Apple, you have to admit they make some pretty cool hardware. Even if you aren’t up for a MacBook Air, the MacBook and MacBook Pro are solid, beautifully designed pieces of hardware. And once Apple made the transition to Intel CPUs and chip sets, that hardware became available to all of us – no matter which OS we like to run.

Now that Mac hardware will run any OS you throw at it, you should seriously consider making your next PC a Mac if either of these conditions apply:
1) You’d prefer the style and config of one of Apple’s laptops to your options with Dell, Lenovo, Sharp, or whichever manufacturers you’re looking at.
2) You frequently have to test software, systems, or web sites on multiple OSs. A Mac lets you cover all your bases here using one machine.

Intel-based Macs ship with OS X, but they’ll run any version of Windows or Linux you like. Apple made dual-booting easy when it shipped Boot Camp as part of Leopard. Just grab an install disc for whatever OS you’d like to run and use Boot Camp to create a partition for it and walk you through installing the OS.

Given a big enough hard drive, you could build the perfect test machine with virtualization software and installs of every OS you like. That’s a great option for multi-platform developers and anyone who needs to test things in a mixed-network environment.

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