I have never used Mac system before but I am considering switching to Mac Pro 8 core 8 GB model. Currently I am using Linux box based on Dell Core 2 Duo with 4GB ram (that is maximum it can have). I am running into performance issues and sluggish application startup especially Natilus file maanger. Usually I have multiple applications running at same time.
I also need to run windows virtual machines for software testing.
If I invest in Mac Pro system: Would I get much better performance? Would I be able to run Windows as virtual machine within Mac Osx? Would the learning curve be easier in terms of radically different UI on Mac Osx?
What about SSD disk on mac pro? Does it make very visible difference in performance when running applications?
One huge benefit I will get is to be able test web applications under mac osx/safari and as well as be able to develop for iphone and ipad.