I'm looking for some advice and/or insight into the world of Mac. My laptop decided to die yesterday for no apparent reason. I was using it fine the day before and then I went to turn it on and nothing. I've ruled it to be a motherboard failure, as has Gateway, and they wanted $300+ to repair it. It's 5 years old and I feel that it has served its purpose (plus I've been considering upgrading for a few months now).
In searching around, I've decided to consider purchasing a MacBook or MacBook Pro. However, I don't know anything about the OS. I've not used a Mac in many years, but I have several friends that have purchased them and absolutely love it. I saw that you can purchase VMware for Mac or run something called Parallels Desktop (anyone used it?) so that I'll still be able to run Windows as well as whatever else.
I guess what I'm looking for from you guys here, is if I were going to do any security testing with it, is there really going to be any difference in comparison to my old XP laptop? Obviously my friends can say "yeah, my Mac is sweet" but they're also not on the same level as far as computer skills go nor do they use theirs for the same purposes =P It sure seems that with the virtualization it should be pretty much the same... start the program and boot up my virtual attack machine or BackTrack .iso, etc. Plus I think I'd really like to get to learn the Mac OS.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice