Well couple of things here...
ABF is not antiMac despite what some of you may think, he is however after a good deal and is defending his viewpoint.
I disagree with some things though said on both sides(Currently ABF and Triadone) though that I will put out here....
um, sorry but you're just flat wrong. for 1, the comparison of software is legitimate bc there isn't anything comparable from microsoft. why do i refer to MS? bc no on else could really make a similar app and have it as part of new systems w/o charging the customer for it. to get the basic media editing software,which still isn't going to be seamless like iLife u need to invest (pay) in programs like sonic myDVD, Nero, adobe photoshop premiere (of teh elements variety). there's no reason MS couldn't make a competitive product, they just don't. oh yeah, i do freelance graphic design. i have all the pro apps one could need AND i use iMovie and iDVD for various projects. please abf, try having an idea wtf you're talking about b4 u type. once again, YOU'RE experience and more imprtantly your opinion, is not truth to the world so please qualify it as such.
ABF already covered this, if you are comparing software that is freely availiable you have to add in Linux, even if it doesnt come with it, it is freely availiable, and many Open Source software solutions are out for it, many of which I might add now get used on Mac as well.
Really there is no point in comparing software for the things that ABF is looking at, software has nothing to do with it. He is just looking at straight hardware comparisons.
Most distros feature the following to match iLife:
Apple Works = OOo 2.0
iPhoto = Gimp
iMovie = Kino
iDVD = Kino
cd burner = K3b / GnomeBaker
ABF unless a LOT has changed, Kino is a destructive editor the last I checked so it is not a good comparison, Cinelerra would be a better comparison, however that is not in what I would consider a useable state ATM.
You also forgot Ardour, RoseGarden, PD(MaxMSP), JACK, Muse, LinuxSampler, and a variety of other things for replacements for garageband.
But at any rate ABF, the reason I would buy a Mac over a PC notebook are several. One is definitely the Powered Firewire port, I have found a total of 1 PC notebook with that and it apparently isnt sold in the US(A Samsung)
I also find their hardware to be a better quality than most PC notebooks. Not to mention since the default config is always the same you know exactly what hardware you are getting, which is a big plus for us in Linux, as you are aware I am sure.
Overall their hardware is better quality, their cooling systems quieter, and just in general I have a better experience with them. Is that worth an extra 500? Yep. I abuse my notebooks, I work in theater. I cant afford to have one fail on me on the road, even for a night for the overnight service for Dell. The extra peice of mind I get running Mac notebooks is worth that 500 hands down.