In my CASE it’s simple. My wife is going to use the 17" iMac everyday - while I learn OS-X. When the Intel towers come out I’ll probably get one for myself and use Bootcamp for XP games. Plus, they’re sexy.
I actually recommend Macs to casual computer users now. And recommend Linux to masochists (just kidding I love all my penguin brothers and sisters).
In the old days I was an anti-Mac snob but as I got older I realized that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with ease of use, and decent selection of games. As opposed to the eternal tweakfest that is Linux [insert distro here], and begging company A & B to port their games to Linux.
That’s not fair Rimbo. In some respects KDE/Gnome/etc are much better than Win95. And in some respects much worse than windows for workgroups.
Linux as a desktop is pretty smooth sailing once it’s configured. The configuration, of course, being the annoying part. Really once it’s set up the only black mark is the horrendous copy/paste functionality. This is one area where the *nix heads need to admit that MS did it better, eat crow, and ditch the current copy/paste garbage for someting that works exactly like Windows.
FWIW I do almost all my work every day on a Fedora Core 4 workstation with KDE. Evolution for the email, Firefox for the web, etc. I only trot over to a WinXP system for tricky documents that OpenOffice won’t handle right, and a few proprietary win32-only pieces of software I sometimes need to use.