That left me with a dilemma. The other computer I have is a MacBook Pro, which i bought last year to use exclusively for my other artistic passion...music. The Mac is great for recording, not having to jump through a bunch of hoops to get musical equipment talking to it with usb or firewire. For my tastes it sucks for everything else. For home computing...and painting it's always been a PC. My software of choice, Corel Painter v.X won't even load onto my Mac. OSX 10.8 told me "sorry, you need to buy Painter XI".
Well, I got a new HP Pavilion on order. Until it gets here I decided to finally get cozy with Gimp and try to do something with it on the Mac (with the little tiny 13 inch screen. Really Apple, that is a good idea? The only time I'm ever getting another 13" is if it's a pad. My new HP will be back t 17.3").
I'm done trying to turn a Mac into a PC. Using both, I like the Mac for music...so much I don't consider it a real computer, but a mobile recording studio. For the same reason (not a real computer) gimme a PC with all it's flaws any day. Also, the HP costs a third of the Mac (I still can't believe I paid as much as I did for a small laptop), and has similar hardware performance. One footnote, the new HP will having Win8. That I'm not looking forward to. My old Toshiba had Vista and I paid to upgrade to 7. Microsoft should have offered that upgrade for free!