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I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
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Of course you don't.
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(Original post by borysek01)
Well,

I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
Not true at all. They do have lots of advantages if you want to spend that much on a computer and you'll see a lot of students with one, but they're certainly not compulsory.
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All the university computers here run on Windows 7
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(Original post by borysek01)
Well,

I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
Hell no, and I don't know where you've read this either- as popular as they are I have never, ever, heard anybody say a MacBook is essential for university, except for maybe in extremely specialised design MA courses.

As for why loads of people have them- they're good computers but expensive, so when the government hands an 18 year old a big chunk of cash a few times a year a lot of them will buy a new computer as an investment for their course and Macs are popular choices.
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(Original post by borysek01)
Well,

I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
The statement is absurd.

It depends on the university.. Some have discounts with Apple so they get a Macbook ridiculously cheap. I'd say the students that buy a Macbook at full price are also the students that will most likely be broke at some point during university.

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(Original post by borysek01)
Well,

I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
Totally incorrect. If it were, I somehow don't think i would have a windows laptop nor my uni library have nothing but Windows

Also, real pet peeve of mine, learn to spell RUMOUR.
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what a crock of bull lol.
Yes lots of people at university use Macs, but windows will be the first and foremost catered for OS.
Chromebooks are also fully supported.
I think the amount of macbooks come from concerned parents shelling out for them / the students asked for them, or there is just a higher amount of middle class / upper middle class that can have them and aren't as tech savvy as others. (trying not to sound elitest there)
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Chromebooks are also fully supported.
Not necessarily. For courses where an Office suite is the extent of the requirements Chromebooks are fine, but in any course that requires a more specialised piece of software, which can almost guaranteed to be found in some flavour on Windows or OS X, odds are a Chromebook's library of what are essentially web apps will not have an alternative. I know I couldn't have used my chromebook for a lot of work on my biology degree because the software I needed, or anything close to it, just isn't there.
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(Original post by borysek01)
Well,

I often come across a statement that when you go to university (for instance, for Computer Science), you have to buy yourself a macbook. Is this true? Is macbook really a need? Can I not use a Windows or Linux laptop?

If it's not true, why does this statement go around? Is there many people using macbooks at uni, if so - why?
No.............thats the biggest amount of tosh in the world.
You'll have computer labs, dual boot with windows and linux usually on offer for use.
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A UNIX-based OS is definitely highly recommended for CS.

Windows is not the foremost catered for OS in CS, at least not at Imperial.

All our lab machines run Linux (a few of them have Windows VM). All tutorials and assignments must be done on Linux, and are all marked on Linux.

OSX also works because it's UNIX based.

It's up to you if you want Linux or OSX. OSX is obviously much easier to learn if you don't have UNIX background. It's a very nice OS even if you do, but it's expensive.

At Imperial CS (postgrad at least) it's about 1/3 Linux and 2/3 OSX. Almost no one uses Windows. Almost all professors and lecturers use OSX.
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I recently got given a Macbook Pro 15" for my 18th birthday, which I intend to use at university starting next year. My parents saw it both as an investment in my studies, as my old laptop was getting very slow, and they knew I was saving up for a Macbook Air. Luckily, they spoilt me and bought me a Macbook Pro, allowing me to save my money even more for uni etc

They're obviously not compulsory, it's just that Apple products are seen as very hip and also happen to be well spec'd in terms of hardware and the compatability issues that used to surround Windows/OS x are now almost gone entirely.
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(Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
A UNIX-based OS is definitely highly recommended for CS.

Windows is not the foremost catered for OS in CS, at least not at Imperial.

All our lab machines run Linux (a few of them have Windows VM). All tutorials and assignments must be done on Linux, and are all marked on Linux.

OSX also works because it's UNIX based.

It's up to you if you want Linux or OSX. OSX is obviously much easier to learn if you don't have UNIX background. It's a very nice OS even if you do, but it's expensive.

At Imperial CS (postgrad at least) it's about 1/3 Linux and 2/3 OSX. Almost no one uses Windows. Almost all professors and lecturers use OSX.
That must suck, having Linux shoved down your throat like that.
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That must suck, having Linux shoved down your throat like that.
Well, Windows is not suitable for a lot of serious CS work, so it's either Linux or OSX.

Linux is obviously a better choice for a variety of reasons.

And I believe most Imperial CS freshers have at least some UNIX experience (and almost all postgrad entrants have extensive UNIX experience), so it's really not that bad.
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