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Mac OS X vs. Windows XP
By Seng Li Peng 

With the launch of two major operating systems (OS) in 2001, one being the
Windows XP from Microsoft and the other being the Mac OS X Unix from Apple,
those in the publishing industry would be asking themselves if they should
migrate from their existing platform to the newer ones. If so, which one?

Since the launch of the two OS, there have been many articles on the Web
that make detailed comparisons of their features.

The Mac OS X is targeted at users at home, school and in creative industries
as well as companies with Unix on their mainframes. With Mac OS X, companies
with desktop Macs can be hooked into a network. Windows XP, on the other
hand, boasts to be better than Windows 95 and 98, and come with a fancy new
interface, ingenious shortcuts and bundled software for playing movies and
streaming audio and video which also landed the company in an anti-law suit
with software companies who accused Microsoft for unfair bundling behavior
and most recently with Sun who accused Microsoft for shipping its Windows XP
without support for its Java software programming language.

Some have also highlighted that Windows XP does not support Adobe's PDF
formats, the industry standard for document transfer, does not support MP3
encoding nor MPEG 2 required to play DVD movies and it also does not have
Apache while Mac OS X does.

According to reviewers in the US, Windows XP's Movie Maker is not in the
same league as Mac OS X's iMovie 2. Mac OS has also proven to be more
secure, although not totally protected from viruses, when compared to other
operating systems. Within three weeks of the launch of Windows XP, at least
three high-risk security flaws were identified.

Disagreeing that Mac OS X is superior to Windows XP, some have explained
that while Windows XP natively supports the vast majority of existing
applications and drivers previously released for the Windows 2000 platform,
and delivers full memory protection and feature support for virtually all
legacy apps, Mac OS X does not.

In addition, some have said that despite the fact that a Mac OS X package
may contain thousands of components, Apple does not provide any standardized
method for uninstalling applications. Windows XP, by contrast, have a more
user-friendly way of managing application uninstallation.

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