It's not something I'll have to worry about because I'll be waiting the 7 days, 17 hours, 16 minutes and 45 seconds before the release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard before I buy a Mac so it will come with it, but just for interest sake, lets compare prices between the Microsoft and Apple operating systems once again.
For the purposes of this comparison I will be using the prices from Harris Technology for the Microsoft operating systems and the Apple Australia online store for OS X.
Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard - $158.00
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition Upgrade - $495.00
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition Complete Package - $750.00
I don't see the point in comparing the lesser Microsoft OS's because they are just cut-down versions of their Ultimate Edition, but even if you go for the cheapest, most cut-down version and even if you are eligable for the Upgrade version...
Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade - $199.00
HT also sell Windows XP Professional SP2 in the form of a "Microsoft Get Genuine Kit" for those unfortunate people who have found themselves with what seems to be a pirated "Non-Genuine" copy of Windows XP. But they only seem to offer it in a 10 pack for $2, 707.00, for pirates that have ten computers I suppose, or those dodgy little computer shops that sell $800.00 PC's.
Think about it people - an $800.00 PC with Windows on it. About $200.00 is for an OEM version Windows. So the hardware is about $600.00. You can't get an LCD monitor for under $200.00 (even from GameDude!) so the box is worth about $400.00. There has to be some profit for the guy selling it, otherwise, why would he bother. Do you really think you can get a quality computer for under $400.00?
For the love of Mr Deity, don't waste your money on crap like that! Getamac