No Extra Software Required

By David Coursey  |  Posted 2005-02-17 Print this article Print

No Extra Software Required I assume readers are already familiar with the pros of the Unix-based Mac OS X operating system. What might not be familiar is the collection of useful software, including iLife 05 and AppleWorks, which ships with every mini.
Add these to the mail, address book, synchronization and calendar applications that also come with the machine and its quite possible to be very happy with a mini as it comes, never buying any additional software. That makes the mini an even better value compared to a Windows machine.
Theres another market the mini addresses, but one that probably wont fully appreciate the new machine. Ill just point out that Mac OS X is a Unix-based operating system with an excellent user interface and more than adequate applications support. Desktop Linux pales by comparison. And with the minis low price, maybe Linux cheapskates will finally see the light and buy a real desktop machine. In summary: The mini addresses two major issues Ive been struggling with for some time. One is that many people who would benefit from having a Mac never get the chance because they are so firmly wedded to Windows. The other is that most of us buy a lot more computing and software performance than we actually use or need. With its minimalist approach, ability to live right alongside a Windows PC, and low price, the mini is finally a Mac that the non-Apple world could easily embrace. I have friends whove already decided to buy a mini instead of a planned upgrade of their Windows machine, and I bet there will be many more like them. If youve always wondered about the allure of Macintosh computing, the mini is an inexpensive way to find out. And its a very nice piece of hardware—regardless of what OS it runs. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.

One of technology's most recognized bylines, David Coursey is Special Correspondent for, where he writes a daily Blog ( and twice-weekly column. He is also Editor/Publisher of the Technology Insights newsletter and President of DCC, Inc., a professional services and consulting firm.

Former Executive Editor of ZDNet AnchorDesk, Coursey has also been Executive Producer of a number of industry conferences, including DEMO, Showcase, and Digital Living Room. Coursey's columns have been quoted by both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and he has appeared on ABC News Nightline, CNN, CBS News, and other broadcasts as an expert on computing and the Internet. He has also written for InfoWorld, USA Today, PC World, Computerworld, and a number of other publications. His Web site is

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