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Maybe 40% of college students are taking Liberal Arts/English (AKA Majoring in "Would you like fries with that?")?




Funny thing is there are lots of people in my Engineering class with Macs, silly mech engies

Although it is only first year, and my University's engineering program has something like a 65% first year dropout rate..
Very true.

Most technical majors would go Linux, not mac.
    
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I can see this, a whole lotta people here at U of Michigan have macs, easily will overtake those with pc's w/in the next few years
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post #23 of 246
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Very true.

Most technical majors would go Linux, not mac.
I think survey should include the percentage of majors of the surveyed students. My cse class requires us to use ubuntu for programming.

Not to mention that those Macs are probably a gift from their parents. So when these students finally grow up, they might understand how overpriced apple products really are.
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i think mac is good for collage and stuff like that, most of the people in my uni have one. but other then that sif bother lol
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There's a few here and there at the University of New Mexico, nothing crazy.. Especially considering our bookstore has it's own small Apple store, and we get a discount on Apple stuff like I-pod's and macbooks. When I went to orientation they had a portion where a rep from Apple talked to us about their computers and how they are so great because they "NEVER GET A VIRUS!!!" So I just ignored him. haha.

I still see the majority of laptop's being Dell's and Gateway's (I work on computers here) so I don't know about this survey.. lol. But they sure are trying to push them!
    
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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?

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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.
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Well, if you are going into Engineering, and get a Mac....good luck. There are pretty much ZERO engineering programs made for Macs.
Except for the fact that nearly all of the engineering programs my school uses cost thousands of dollars, so no one would even consider installing them on their own PC. In addition, the labs have everything you need and are easily accessible around the clock, so there really is no point to running the software on your own computer. That being said, quite a few people in my EE classes use Macs. Not to mention you can install Windows on them.

Not trying to be rude or anything, but your point is pretty much moot.
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Mac's are fairly rare among my school (Embry Riddle), of course 2/3 of the students here are engineering majors, and macs are pretty useless to engineers.

I know a lot of people that say they are going to get a Mac or want one but they don't have a clue what the price is. When they go to the Apple site and they see the price, they go straight to Dell...
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Except for the fact that nearly all of the engineering programs my school uses cost thousands of dollars, so no one would even consider installing them on their own PC. In addition, the labs have everything you need and are easily accessible around the clock, so there really is no point to running the software on your own computer. That being said, quite a few people in my EE classes use Macs. Not to mention you can install Windows on them.

Not trying to be rude or anything, but your point is pretty much moot.
Well considering they give us Pro-E, Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, your point is pretty much moot.
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Well considering they give us Pro-E, Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, your point is pretty much moot.
They don't give us any of that here, we have to buy student copies of all that software.

Well, I don't since I work with it everyday, but most engineer's here have to suck it up and buy it.
    
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