Let me recommend the web site X vs. XP for anybody who is trying to get a fair and balanced comparison of the OS X and Windows XP operating systems. There are point-by-point comparisons for dozens of different user and administrative tasks as well as applications. But the writers at the web site are not Mac or Windows zealots, and it seems for the most part that they rate OS X and WinXP pretty much equally highly, with some exceptions. OS X definitely does not come out ahead in everything, which from experience I believe is true.
I’ve found it valuable, as I have been rehabbing an old PC for the kids’ playroom, for figuring out how to do certain things on WinXP that I had gotten used to while using OS X. Or, as the case may be, I have learned that certain things that are easy on OS X — like restricting user access to specific apps — are simply impossible on WinXP.
Now if it can just tell me why the wireless network adapter I bought yesterday keeps totally forgetting how to connect to our network every five minutes, I’d be happy.