The debate rages (okay, it doesn't "rage," nor is it a debate; more of a fun discussion) over on Scott's Catholicism Blog, where Scott Richert revisits a humorous 1994 essay by novelist Umberto Eco, "The Holy War: Mac vs. DOS", and then asks, "Why are so many prominent Catholics on the web Mac users?"
Jeff Miller, "The Curt Jester", writes:
Kathy Shaidle the first Catholic blogger does in fact use a Mac along with Carl Olson of Ignatius Insight, Julie of Happy Catholic, Lisa Hendley of Catholicmoms.com.
And of course the Vatican uses Linux and has the servers named after archangels.
I switched to Mac in Oct 2007 and haven’t looked back. There is a Catholicity to the Mac. You have both beauty and simplicity. The Mac interface is quite dogmatic with programs adhering to a similar interface. While on Windows finding preferences they could be on any menu. But there is also power in OSX that is like the sacraments in giving direct access via the terminal.
I've been a committed Mac user for a number of reasons: the first computer I worked on was an Apple, Apple/Mac has long catered to those working in graphic design (which is what I did throughout my twenties), I find Macs to be intuitive and elegant, etc., etc. But I'm not a Mac fundamentalist; I do believe that truth and goodness can be found in non-Mac computers. And while I know that a few Mac-users can be snobby and elitist, I've also found that there are some very irrational Mac-haters out there. Really, now, shouldn't we be debating matters of more pressing importance?