Depends on what your needs are. Personally I'm not a very big fan of Linux. I mean it's fine, but it's just not there yet in regards to ease of use. You're still going to deal with a lot of headaches and things that are rough around the edges. With a MacBook Pro and Parallels installed you really get the best of both worlds so it really is tough to recommend a Vaio. I don't know how the prices have changed over time though, so maybe non-mac laptops have come down in price relatively speaking.