Microsoft has completely forgotten what the purpose of an OS is. From what I've seen Windows 7 64bit will require nearly 25 gigabytes of disk space for a normal install. This is mind-boggling. I remember when DOS ran from a 360kb diskette. The thing is, both DOS and Windows 7 perform essentially the same tasks- manage files and provide an interface with the hardware. So whats with this 25GB bloat?
In my opinion, the great size difference can be "justified" by the complexity of Windows. It's getting every time more complex and with more things, but I don't think the extra stuff and the interface are worth 25 GB of your hard disk.
Also, if you want to switch back from Windows Vista to Windows XP, you can do that.
The fact is, As for the argument that "no one develops for Mac", it's just a game of numbers.
I think that's the main reason people don't choose it. I don't, either. Unfortunately, there are a lot more games and apps for Windows than for anything else. If Mac and Linux could get more software to run on them, they would be a very serious problem for Microsoft and Windows. But we'll have to wait.
Fortunately, Basilisk has done what everyone should do and released Eschalon: Book I for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Perhaps, if everyone would do that I'd try Mac and/or Linux.
Now Linux is the most extreme "to the metal" OS you can use. It's not for the timid, but if you like to customize your OS you can't do any better. I enjoy using Linux because it gives me the sensation of being truly in control of my computer.
What do you mean?
Perhaps are you trying to say that the fact of being open-source allows you to modify Linux at your own desire? That's a good thing, anyway.
I think I'll just stick to Windows XP. It's the best OS I've used (unfortunately, it doesn't open old DOS programs, but that's a minor thing). I had Windows Vista for some months, and although it looks great, it's very bad. I'll never install it again and I advice you to not do so.