I believe that's what BootCamp is for.
I don't know if Linux is "ready for prime time", but I've read that whole countries are switching to Linux.
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Originally posted by Nicholas Jordan:
[Kaydell Leavitt:]Open-source such as Linux is much easier to tell what the security issues are
Be that the case-hardened objective, look at either Free BSD or Open BSD
The kernel is MUCH more robust
Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
One firm that I worked for that cared a lot about security built the kernels from source and only included functions that were required. Less code can mean less places for problems. This is not for the casual user.
Lots of serious folks say the BSD versions are more likely to be more secure. And once you get it running, they tend to be very reliable. But *BSD is not what I'd recommend as a first OS coming from either the Windows or Mac worlds.
I'd use Ubuntu for a month, learn the basics, and then you can explore the *BSD folks with less of a canyon of understanding.