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Apple Mac Leopard or Microsoft Windows Vista? You decide.

Submitted by on Friday, 6 June 20084 Comments
Apple Mac Leopard or Microsoft Windows Vista? You decide.

Yes, we’re almost in the midpart of 2008… and you’ve been delicately considering to migrate and purchase a brand new laptop/notebook with a new Operating System. The big question is  would you upgrade your current Windows XP Professional to Windows Vista, your MAC Tiger to Leopard or would you consider switching now from Windows XP to Leopard as its OS (Operating System)? Dilemma? With so many new personal computers and imacs distributed across the region, one is definitely puzzled. I know there might be not so many mac-fanatics out there who aren’t very much impressed with what has come within Leopards much like Windows fanatics not happy with Vista. But to each and his own, they are entitled with their beliefs and experiences. Arguments are boundless and we respect their opinion. But in my case, since I used to be a developer I used to have Windows XP Professional as my development platform for all of my business applications, here so, I might resort to Windows Vista. After all, Windows XP comes from Microsoft and based from some technical reviews i have just read before they say Vista is great. But then again, there have been some speculations too and I just don’t know if there are some truth to that. Assuming that Windows Vista isn’t secure anymore then I might switch to Leopard. Some of my local friends say that they pretty much enjoy their experiences in Mac Leopard –  sleek design, nice interface, user friendly and secure, definitely good for blogging,multimedia and photoshop experience. Hmmmm, I mumbled thinking most of my digital artist friends are MAC users. But wait a minute. While both camps are trying to pursuade each others’ customers and meeting individual’s taste for OS satisfaction, I have no other choice but to research personally some of its advantages and disadvantages, compare mano-o-mano which I think is the best operating OS. If course it all boils down to each and his own personal needs and preferences. As I look upon and gaze around the pages of the internet, I happen to stumble upon this comparison chart by ITComparison.com which I thought sharing this with you guys especially for those planning to migrate their business applications or take advantage with the new desktop experience.

Feature

Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard VS MS Windows Vista

Company

Apple

Microsoft

Website

www.apple.com

www.microsoft.com

Platforms

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Vista Home Basic

Vista Home Premium

Vista Business

Vista Ultimate

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

One package with all the features

Vista:

Product available in four versions each with its own specific features which can be confusing for a first time user

Virtual Desktops

Yes

No

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

With the help of Virtual Desktops (called Spaces) of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard you can have one desktop open for work and another for gaming and still another one for multimedia, all at the same time, without having to work on one cluttered desktop. To see Mac Virtual Desktops (Spaces) click here

Vista:

Not applicable

Touch screen

No

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Third party applications needed to enable touch screen.

Vista:

Navigation Use is integrated

Built-in Security

Anti-Virus

Encrypted, Signed Email

Email Filtering

Smart Card Supported

Firewall

Parental Controls

Data Safety

Default Security

Permanent Deletion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No, require third party

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Firewall:

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Firewall not turned on by default, but when its turned on its quite efficient

Vista:

Firewall turned on by default, but not that sufficient a third party firewall app is highly recommended.

Data Safety – Shares:

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Shares are password protected by default, which is a great life safer for the beginners.

Shares are turned off by default.

Vista:

Shares require password protection to be enabled (not enabled by default), a great hole most newbie’s fall in and make their data available to every one not just hackers. When a data share is setup then your laptop/PC is hooked up directly to the internet without enabling the password protection (b/c you don’t know or forgot to) your data will be open to the whole world. A small scan on your ISP Range will show you how many of these Vista users are there with the shares open to the public enjoy the surf :).

Some shares are enabled by default!!!

Data Safety – Data Protection:

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Automatic encryption of contents of home directory for data safety. A great security major that windows still can’t match.

Vista:

Allows Password-based protection of data (not enabled by default). No encryption is done.

Security Loopholes & Hacking:

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Mac is less prone to security loopholes and hacking. Comes with MacScan for internet security. Although MacScan is not totally free its far better than the free Windows Defender the come with Vista.

Vista:

Vista suffers quite more security loopholes and hacking breach than Mac running out of the box. Comes with Windows Defender for internet security. (Almost useless on its own third party is definitely a must)

Permanent Deletion:

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Leopard offers Secure Erase Trash which ensure files erased that way can’t be reconstructed and securely erased by writing over it erroneous data several times.

Vista:

Vista does not offer any similar feature by default, but fee-based third party application are available.

Backup

Time Machine

Backup & Restore Center.

Previous Version.

Shadow Copy.

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Time machine is quite easy and fast to you. Its quite how backup should be.

Vista:

Vista with Backup & Restore, Previous Version, and Shadow Copy combined usage can offer an almost similar feature of Mac Time machine, but with the easy and efficiency time machine offer.

Programs Inbuilt

Mail

iCal

iChat

Safari browser

iPhoto

iMovie

iLife

Sherlock

Windows Mail

Calendar

Messenger

IE 7 browser

Photo Gallery

Movie Maker

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

More than 300 inbuilt programs according to Apple.

Sherlock allows presentation of useful information without using web browser

Safari is a bit faster and quite more secure than IE

Vista:

Number of applications & features vary depending on the Vista versions.

Command Line

Very powerful shell, almost as complete set of commands as Linux shell.

Dos Command prompt. Not much to offer.

Programs for the disabled

Speech-to-text commands

VoiceOver text-to-speech narration

Braille support

Speech-to-text commands and dictation typing

Narrator text-to-speech narration

magnifier

onscreen keyboard

ITComparison Team Comments

Both Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard & Vista offers Multiple programs for use with any disability.

Business Tools

Remote Desktop

Screen Sharing

iChat Theater

Apache

Remote Desktop

Windows Live Meetings

Windows Live Messenger

IIS

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Integrated web server is Apache which is the most used web server on the web. Its as well the most secure between the two.

Vista:

Integrated web server is IIS, which suffers a lot of security & performance wholes. In the other hand, you can still install the lovely Apache if you desire.

Auto Updates

Yes

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Available out of the box.

Vista:

Registration required. Popup gives options about downloading available updates.

Technical Support

Yes

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Available

Vista:

Available

Hardware Performance Tools

No

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

No inbuilt assessment tool for optimizing hardware

Vista:

Inbuilt hardware assessment tool for hardware optimization

Computer Accessories Sharing

Yes

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard & Vista offers Sharing of computer accessories like printer.

Bluetooth Capability

Yes

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Secure and easy

Vista:

Sometimes will not configure properly to the bluetooth even when compatible, and less secure.

TV

Apple TV

Windows Media Center

Recording feature of TV Shows

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Leopard does not allow recording of TV shows

Vista:

VISTA Recording feature for TV shows is only available in Premium & Ultimate

Gaming

Gaming Network Support

OpenGL supports 32-Bit and 64-Bit

No

Direct X10 APIs Supports 32-Bit & 64-Bit, Also support XBox 360

Yes

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Gaming Network Support Not applicable

Vista:

Xbox Live

Media

QuickTime Player

Windows Media Player

ITComparison Team Comments

Both Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard & Vista offers a descent media player with the first one offering a bit more secure player.

Parallelization

Yes

No

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Boot Camp (included with Intel Macs) allows 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista applications to run.

Fusion or Parallel 2.0 can be used to run Windows or Linux OS simultaneously. Windows and Linux applications will run as Mac applications. One of the main reason to consider Mac as you will still have all your Linux, Windows apps running, but in addition you will get Mac apps.

Vista:

Can be used along side many other OS in dual boot configuration. Leopard will not run on Vista

System Requirements

Processor

Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

RAM

512MB

Vista Basic – 512MB

Home Premium / Business / Ultimate – 1GB

Disk Space

9GB of available disk space

Vista Basic – 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

Home Premium / Business / Ultimate – 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Lower System Resources required compared to most of Vista Versions

Vista:

Apart from the Vista Basic, the Home Premium / Business / Ultimate require a higher amount of System requirements

Performance On equivalent hardware + Stability

Higher

Lower

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Optimize the usage of resource and perform quite well. Highly Stable

Vista:

Vista is a resources HOG and will not operate well with less than 2 GB of ram. Can have few crashes every now and then, It got better after few months with many patches being released.

Pricing

Leopard Price starts from US$110 at amazon.com

Vista Price starts from US$150 at amazon.com

ITComparison Team Comments

-: Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard vs MS Windows Vista :-

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

Pricing including all features

Vista:

Price varies depending on the Vista

By reading and analyzing the chart above, I hope it gave some clearer views and some points to ponder whether or not to switch Operating System. Now you decide! But if you’re rich enough, why not buy 2 notebook PCs with different OS? Isn’t that cool? It’s just simply saying you’re taking advantages the Best of Both Worlds… hehehe. =P

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