Linux, Windows & Mac
The Lightroom addiction
The Develop module is the heart of the program and nearly all my editing is done there with very few images needing any further work in Photoshop. The develop module offers nearly everything a working pro may ever need in a very understandable layout. Based on the very powerful ACR engine, it offers WB, exposure, noise reduction, curves, lens corrections, and so many more tools all applicable with precise sliders.
And then there is the data management feature which is probably its most underrated feature. No matter what size your archive is, you double-click Lightroom and it opens up with your whole collection of images ready for scrolling through or if you have used the key-wording feature from the start, you can do a search for what you are looking for or just move to the appropriate date.
For good or bad, Lightroom is king in the software arsenal of professional photographers!
Im pretty confident, that for 95% of users who want to leave Windows and want a safer PC, more efficient OS with a less costly investment, then Linux is an excellent choice and has been ready for the masses a while now. The Linux world has so much to offer, I highly recommend everyone try it out. One good example of a Linux photographer is Riley Brandt
Its usually difficult users like myself that find small things that are not up to their standards that force them to not do the full switch. If you are interested in doing the switch and are not addicted to Lightroom like myself, then I'm sure one of the above mentioned Lightroom alternatives will satisfy your needs. Give it a try!
This Macbook Pro satisfies all my needs - Its powerful enough for all my editing needs, it requires no desk like my PC did and is fully portable. I also bought an AirPort 3TB Time Capsule. The Airport Time Capsule is such a great device and such a space saver. It offers constant backups wirelessly and is a set and forget type of device. This is the best accessory every Mac owner should own.
The other advantage of the Macbook Pro, is that i can later load Linux on it if and when i choose. So i haven't given up on the Linux idea just yet. As for Windows, I'm definitely not going back anytime soon!