Originally Posted by abf
thestu... just about every touchpad these days has scroll zones which are just as effective as 2-finger... so its at no significant advantage there. and all the apps you mentioned run on windows just as well (firefox, thunderbird, gaim, openoffice)... i am not promoting windows here in any way (i am a full time linux user), but you can't discredit an entire category of computers (hardware) based on the shortcomings of some piece of software
I personally hate every other touchpad these days and here is why. I may not be able to convince you of this, but I am going to try. For starters, the Macbook Trackpad is huge, roughly the exact same size as an ipod, and is significantly larger than most other touchpads out there right now. Furthermore, two finger scrolling lets me simply place a second finger onto the trackpad in order to scroll around the screen. With scroll zones, I have to move my finger to the specific side of the touchpad that has the zone, and only within that zone am I allowed to scroll. The freedom that two finger scrolling gives me is delicious. I only mentioned firefox actually out of those apps that you mentioned. I tend not to assume that a person either knows about or is willing to use OSS solutions to certain things since IMO (with the exception of Firefox) the OSS solution is sometimes fairly difficult for a person to just pick up and run with unless they force themselves to. On the other hand, Apple's applications are all built with ease-of-use (for everyone) in mind so that you can just start using them, and they only give you what you need. Lastly you say that I can't discredit an entire category of hardware because of the shortcomings of a piece of software. But when that piece of software is the OS, upon which all the other software runs, then yes I absolutely can. If I want to discredit every single Windows-based laptop out there because they run Windows, then that is my perogative. I am not doing that however. I am instead agreeing with Kakaze that OS X is a better platform for video editing due to the larger supply of Video Editing
software available for it. Furthermore I am saying that i think that OS X is better than Windows for doing simple things like email, internet and word processing due to the software available. I never mentioned hardware at all... i was discrediting software due to its OS limitations. If the guy wants to buy the HP cuz it is cheaper, and then install OS X on it (I am not condoning this) then he will have all the software options available to OS X, regardless of the hardware.