With Apple's move towards Intel processors there has been a lot of specualtion about the eventual outcome of this venture. Well, if M.Dell has anything to say---according to the Forbes article below---then we might just see stand-alone copies of OS X right next to the virus monster known as Windows on store shelves beginning in 06. As a Mac lover(the hardware is slick and the OS is top notch) I'd drop the $129 for OS X versus the $369 for Xp professional. I made the comparison between XP pro and OS X because XP Home does not feature the same level of features as OS X. Who knows, maybe Apple would enforce a stepped system like Windows for multiprocessor systems. Anywho, I thought this was interesting none the less. http://www.fortune.com/fortune/fastforward/0,15704,1072719,00.html Enjoy.  originally used 499(a bit of hyperbole) as the price for XP pro. Changed.