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If life is full of tough choices, then Christmas overflows with quagmires. Turkey or ham? Live or artificial? To nog or not to nog?

And then there’s the perennial question, Linux, Mac, or Windows? Indeed, the impending new year offers a bumper crop of system software, including Ubuntu 6.10, (already out) Windows Vista (may be out by the time you read this, but don’t rush — wait for the first service pack), and Mac OS X “Leopard” (Yes, Mr. Jobs. Of course, we can postpone Christmas. What’s that? Don’t announce the date? Not even Santa can know? Oh, yes. Very hush hush.)

Linux is bulletproof, you can splurge on nog with all of the cash you save, and the little penguin is just so cute. Then again, Mac OS X is loaded with sugary eye candy, oodles of applications, and offers the best software and hardware integration on the market. But then there’s Windows Vista, the must-have for The Ghost of Christmas Future. Decisions, decisions.

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