My name is David, and I am a recent switcher. I come from an Ubuntu Linux fan boy background. I have also been a long time Windows user. Many of my friends were not surprised when I switched from Windows to Linux, but when I told them I had gone and grabbed a Mac, they all seemed shocked.
I am not a video editor. I do the occasional podcast, but really my multimedia skills are pretty basic. So why would I switch?
Ubuntu is a great operating system, and I really enjoy it, and it will continue to be the only operating system on my desktop computer. I knew when I saw the first screen shots of Windows Vista, that I was going to have to find another operating system, and Ubuntu filled that void for me.
Ubuntu spoiled me. It had tons of great free software, and was really easy to use. It made my year old IBM “couldn’t be more Windows” ThinkPad feel old and ugly running its Windows XP operating system.
Talking to Michael and other Apple enthusiasts, I soon started to get “the itch”. I wanted to dip my toe into the Cult of Mac. I looked seriously at the Mac Mini, but I knew I wanted something that had a dedicated video card, and so I didn’t flirt with the idea long.
I put my Mac excitement on hold for a while, until a great opportunity came up to buy a MacBook Pro. It was at a horrible time, with just buying a house, and a wedding not far away, but with the nudging of Michael and other lovers of all things Mac, I went for it.
Buying an Apple computer instantly makes you feel special. You feel like you are part of an elite club. So many people congratulated me on my purchase, even though I hadn’t received it yet.
They always talk about how a Mac “just works” and while I have mostly felt that, I still am able to find the flaws and issues with OS X, just like any other operating system (I hope that’s not blasphemy).
I switched so that I could experience something different. Both the machine, and the operating system are very well designed. For the most part, everything feels consistent, and easy to navigate. The software, support, and community are at a level now that finding answers is easier than ever before.
Why should people switch? It is honestly the most enjoyable and user friendly operating system experience I have had to date, and knowing that I can install Linux or Windows on here makes it feel much safer than ever before. Switching gave me a choice, and automatically entered me into a great community. The question I have now is, why didn’t I switch earlier?