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Comparative costs of Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux
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Upgrade (MS)Upgrade (Mac)Full Replacement OS
(MS Windows)
Full Replacement OS
(Apple OSX)
Full Replacement OS
(Linux)
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Operating System
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Windows Vista Home Prem. Upgr.  $160.00
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Windows Vista Ultimate $400.00
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Upgrade to OSX$130.00
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Full OSX (Requires Hardware purchase)$1,400.00
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Almost any Linux Distro with KDE $0.00
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Office Suite
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MS Office 2007 Home & Student $150.00
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MS Office 2007 Ultimate $680.00
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iWork$80.00
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MS Office for Mac$499.00
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OpenOffice $0.00
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Mail
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MS Outlook $110.00$0.00
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Mac Mail$0.00$0.00
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Thunderbird $0.00
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Basic System Subtotal $420.00$210.00$1,080.00$1,899.00$0.00
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Advanced Graphics Editing
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Photoshop Premier Elements $150.00
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Photoshop Elements$90.00$90.00
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The GIMP $0.00$0.00
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Website Authoring
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MS Sharepoint Designer$260.00
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Freeway$100.00$100.00
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Nvu (or KompoZer)$0.00$0.00
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Audio Editing
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Adobe Audition$340.00
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iLife Suite$80.00
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Logic Express$0.00$200.00
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Audacity $0.00$0.00
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Enabling Functionality
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Hardware upgradesvariablenot availablevariablenot availablevariable
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Windows Media and MPEG codec support (Mac: QuickTime Pro, Linux: Fluendo plugin set)$0.00$30.00$0.00$30.00$41.50
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Compile Linux/BSD sourcecodenot availablesomenot availablesome$0.00
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Extensive centralized repositories with latest releases of open source softwarenot availablenot availablenot availablenot availableincluded
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Automatic OS updates at no chargeincludedincludedincludedincludedincluded
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Automatic application updates at no chargerd party onlynot availablerd party onlynot availableincluded
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Downloadable major upgrades at no chargenot availablenot availablenot availablenot availableincluded
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Support for DRM lock-ins and other multimedia distribution restrictionsWindows-proprietaryApple-proprietaryWindows-proprietaryApple-proprietarynot supported
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Full and open compatibility with Open Source applicationsnonononoyes
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Contribution to FOSSvia Novellsome supportvia Novellsome supportfully supported
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Participation in Open Source community$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Proprietary community participation (.mac annual fee)not available$100.00$0.00$100.00not supported
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Advanced System Total $420.00$610.00$1,830.00$2,419.00$41.50
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