>Actually, FYI, the MacOS (any version) IS a derivative of the UNIX System 7. Not in any meaningful way. >The more recent MacOS X is unique because the purchaser of the OS may, in >fact, purchase a license to the source code (something that MS hasn't quite >gone with - even 50%). Ummm, the source code for the underpinnings of MacOSX is *free*. It's from the *BSD tree and it's called Darwin (and Apple has fed the changes to the underlayment back to the BSD community, rather than sitting on them). The rest of OSX does *not*, repeat *not*, emphatically *not* have a source code license available, for any price. As a long time mac-head (I have a Plus and a 512 holding up some bookshelves in my living room right now, and my evangelista number was just barely into three digits, if you need credentials) let me try to correct some misconceptions: Sound editing apps -- depends upon what you're after but a lot of professional houses do *all* their sound editing on Macs. I've worked with a local band that does all their CD prep work (recording, mixing, etc.) with Macs. So, they're out there. Availability of apps in general -- fewer apps on the Mac platform, true, but the biggest effect of that is that you only get to chose between 6 word processors instead of 30, for example. Especially now that OSX has shipped, and the X on X project is coming up to speed, you can always recompile any of the open source apps you need for it. NOTE: tcl/tk support for aqua (the gumdrop doohickies) is still chancey, so if what you're recompiling insists on it you might need to do some work before getting the app to run that way. I haven't tried using the "normal" tcl/tk libraries, so I can't tell you how well they build a normal X app on OSX. Speed. This is highly subjective and also highly dependent upon compiler and publisher. MS apps run slowly on MacOS, mainly because MS doesn't seem to understand any platform but intel (heck, they even ran slowly on *alphas* back when they supported NT on that chip). Photoshop runs faster on MacOS, probably because that's what the coders started with. GCC compiler is poor at optimizing for PowerPC, ISTM, so a lot of the open source apps could perform better if built with a different compiler. The MrC and MrC++ compilers seem to produce better and faster code. Probably another case of the coders not being familiar enough with the chip, but I'm only guessing at that. I think IBM released some of their optimizing compiler code to the OS community a little while ago, so that may improve. Windows Media Player exists on Mac as well (don't know where that canard came from, but I keep seeing it repeated as gospel). General advice: forget the ideologies. Look at your tools. What are you using and what will you be using? If all your tools exist on the platform you're considering, then there's no worries. I saw you mention HomeSite, sorry, Allaire had a thing about not developing for Mac, so it's not there, except perhaps in DWMX (I haven't seen that, yet. It's another case of not having a particular product but several similar ones. But BBEdit was what shipped on the Mac side of the house with Dreamweaver, so have a look at it. I've never used HomeSite, only looked at it, but I like BBE; I don't think you'll be disappointed. I'll end with the same advice I give everyone. Pick the software first, and then find the hardware it runs best on. Don't worry about what anyone else feels about what you've chosen. Everyone has a different work style, and different computers will fit those work styles better or worse. The hardware there in front of you is just a tool; it says nothing at all about your life, or your worth. Find the one that fits your hand best, that you feel most comfortable using, then tell everyone else to take a long walk off a short pier and get on with it. Have fun, Arlen Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department DNRC 224 Arlen.P.Walker at JCI.Com ---------------------------------------------- In God we trust; all others must provide data. ---------------------------------------------- Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.