Macs are fine, low-maintenance systems... I don't see why a college student wouldn't want one.
There are some compatibility issues, and I guess your average computer noobie wouldn't find his way around them like I did. I have these as my back up plans:
1. Darwine (wine for OS X)
2. VirtualBox (run windows in a VM)
3. Remote Desktop (remotely control and use my home windows computer from school, or anywhere from that matter)
4. Just use a windows computer!
For my engineering class, we had to use Autodesk Inventor 2008. It wouldn't work on Darwine, nor would it work on VirtualBox. It did, however, work on my home desktop, which I just controlled with my Mac via remote desktop.
Of course, not everyone is as resourceful as I am
Oh, I forgot to mention that there's bootcamp... People dual-boot Linux+windows because they prefer Linux, so why not dual-boot OSX+ windows?
Originally Posted by Cait Sith Cat
And they have less software compatibility than Linux.
Actually, there is a lot of fine OSX software out there. I find them to be a lot more polished and feature-ful than those programs of Linux and windows. And to add to that, there's the Darwinports (now known as Macports, I believe) project that has tons of Linux software ported to OSX. So for OSX, there is Linux software in addition to
OSX's own software.