I'm fixing to get a new lap top. I had been considering making the break from MS PC's to either one of the Dell Untubu machines or an Apple. Reading up on the linux Dells, it seems that that's just in the expiermental stage which is a big minus in my book. Perhaps a fatal flaw minus factor. So I've been reading up on the Apples. The Macbook Pro's are beyond my budget, so I've been particularly interested in the regular macbooks. In surfing around the web, there's no shortage in negative information about the mac books. In fact there's far more than for virtually any other model of computer. My question is this. Is this disparity real, or is it result of the nature of mac owners/buyers, and the fact that Apple puts out relative few models (2 at the present time) vs other manufacturers (dell for instance seems to have a half a dozen notebooks out right now). So, while PC based notebooks may out sell Macs, Apple may actually be puting out greater numbers of a single model, than any other manufacturer. Also, my impression is that a person using a Macbook mostlikely purchased the computer for personal use with their own money, making their own buying decision; I think they are probably more invested emotionally and financially in the product. Combining those two factors (1 large numbers of a single model, and 2, increased investment) do you think its reasonable to assume that a person with a bad mac book is more inclined to start up or contribute to a web site to ***** about their computer and then find enough critical mass to perpetuate the ***** fest. Cause I figure if the notebook my company provides sucks I go ***** to the IT guy, if I bought it myself, I may hunt around on the web, but I'm not going to find much company for my misery. Does any of that make any sense? So anyway, I'm looking at a mac book, but there's lots of stuff on line that suggests they suck. I'd also consider another Dell, but I'm lothe to send another 200 bucks to MS for Vista when I prefer XP and already own a license, and Dell wont sell me a compouter without something. Any suggestions.