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New study shows that Apple's 13" MacBook Pro running Boot Camp is the most reliable Windows notebook

Apple vs. Microsoft, OS X vs. Windows -- these are comparisons that pit fanboys from each side against each other with little middle ground. The two sides have bickered for years with Windows fans bragging about lower prices and larger market share, while OS X backers cite high quality, reliable machines and the lack of significant malware penetration.
Today, however, an Israeli PC management firm has added a slight twist in the age-old Mac vs. PC debate. Between January 1st, 2013 and April 1st, 2013, Soluto monitored 150,000 notebook computers running Windows and analyzed the data from:
224,144 crashes
250,791 hangs
84,251 BSoDs
1,346,000 boot cycles
62,476 hours spent on boot
After analyzing the above data and giving each machine a "Soluto Score", the results of the study were quite surprising. The results showed that the most reliable "PC" was the 13" MacBook Pro (mid-2012 model) running Boot Camp.
Soluto attributes this victory to the fact that a MacBook Pro running a copy of Windows via Boot Camp is free of the typical bloatware that comes with a brand new Windows machine. To this point, Soluto opines, "PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro."

To those that say that a clean install of Windows on a MacBook Pro isn't a fair comparison, Soluto offers this consolation, "One could argue that we should not compare a cleanly installed MacBook Pro with an OEM-imaged PC from Acer or Dell… But – for this first report we simply compared the real PCs in the field, some with original images and some reinstalled by their users. We believe it’s more representative of reality."
Rounding out the top five entries were the Acer Aspire E1-571, Dell XPS 13, Dell Vostro 3560, and the Acer Aspire V3-771. The 15” Retina MacBook Pro, three more Dells, and a single Lenovo entry fleshed out the top 10. Notebooks from ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, and Samsung were nowhere to be found on the list.
ZDNET's Ed Bott reckons that the reason for the strong showings by Acer and Dell in the study is the companies’ relatively bloat-free installs, with very few third-party utilities to muck with users' computers. On the other hand, Samsung, which didn't make the list, is notorious for filling machines with needless third-party software junk.

Sources: Soluto, ZDNet

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RE: uh, what?
By kingmotley on 4/24/2013 4:06:36 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, you should take off them linux colored sunglasses.

Linux has way more stuff than Windows.

Buddy, you made me laugh. Linux has perhaps 2% the software windows has, if that, and I'm being very generous.

ALL unix and linux type operating systems are immune to viruses.

You sir, are hilarious. Perhaps you need to go read some. Go look up what systems were affected by the very first worm. Oh, it wasn't Windows. Then go and check what mobile has the most malware problems, and then go find out what OS it is running. Perhaps a quick peruse of some security sites that actually list exploits would shed some light on the awesomeness that is your world. What OS has the most reported exploitable bugs every year for the past 8 years? Must be misinformation because unix and linux were already immune. Please.

RE: uh, what?
By half_duplex on 4/28/2013 10:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
Linux is a great community, and a novel idea... but they just haven't been able to come very vary in the last 10 years.

Even Ubuntu has a heaping scoop of bugs, and it's lightyears beyond what any other *nix has achieved as far as quality.

Here is what Linux needs to do:
1) Consolidate the 100+ distros into 1.
2) Don't let every noob who's made a hello world commit code to it.
3) Stop focusing on how cool you can make your desktop screen shot look.
4) Take care of the basics. I'm a software developer and even I had issues getting flash to work in Chrom and Firefox.
5) Find a leader, thus far seems the community is running around like a chicken with their head chopped off.

I've tried the whole linux thing 3 times, each time there was a new desktop from KDE to Gnome to now Unity.

It's not surprising Mac is the best platform for Windows, Mac is the best platform for any operating system. It's a machine designed and build by craftsman... not the greased up children's toys you find in the isle of Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

My MBP is 5 years old and going strong. Still proud to whip it out where ever I am.

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