BEST OS out there

Philippines
December 31, 2007 12:33pm CST
what's the best operating system for you? (windows, linux, etc.?)
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6 responses
@santuccie (3374)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I think it depends on the user. Like they say, "It's not about the tool, it's about the need." Linux has more of a learning curve, but it has some very clear advantages over Windows. Linux never needs to be defragmented, or have the registry cleaned, or be rebooted to "wake it up" (it never slows down, no matter how long you leave it running). It's also harder to mess up than Windows, and will automatically keep track of updates for many of the programs from the repositories. There are Linux malware out there, but they're very rare, and require user intervention to install. With a little help in getting everything setup, Granny could handle her e-mail and type her recipes (whatever she does) without worries. One of Linux's biggest problems is lack of driver support. But this is not an insurmountable obstacle, and some distros are doing a fine job of getting past it. My printer and wireless PCI card were detected and installed right out of the box; only thing that doesn't work is my scanner. I have run into a bug with Linux (most/all distros), however, dealing with USB. Most everything connected to my desktop is USB. I use USB keyboard, USB mouse, USB printer/scanner, and two or three USB storage devices at a time. I also store over 80 applications on one of my flashdrives, to allow myself advantages of portability and backup as easy as copy-paste. Windows can handle it, but Linux cannot. The pointer will suddenly stop responding to the mouse when I'm right in the middle of something (and sometimes after being left idle for awhile), and applications running from a USB device will suddenly crash. The drive running them will then become inaccessible until either the programs are forced to terminate, or the machine is rebooted. I've lost data doing hard shutdowns in Linux. But the USB bug is known, and hopefully to be fixed quickly. For all I know, it may have been fixed since the last time I used Linux. Windows is the de facto standard. There are more applications, peripherals, and drivers for Windows than for any other OS (Sun says Solaris has more, but I rather doubt it). Handled properly, Windows will run every bit as stable as Linux or OS-X. Vista is as inherently secure as Linux, and older versions can be hardened against attack, especially Windows 2000 and XP: http://invincible-windows.blogspot.com/ In the case of a workstation intended for productivity, one needs to be certain that their platform will be able to facilitate new needs at a moment's notice as the business grows; I recommend Windows for this job. But as long as one can use Linux without running into "technical difficulties," it might prove a whole lot more convenient for personal use. Cheers! -santuccie P.S.: Laughing at dumb jokes is still good for your health!!!
@santuccie (3374)
• United States
31 Dec 07
By the way, OS-X is built around Unix, like Linux and BSD. It's also pretty stable, and more convenient for personal use than Windows. But again, I recommend Windows for productive use.
• United States
31 Dec 07
The best operating system would have to be the latest operating system developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. Windows Vista contains hundreds of new and reworked features; some of the most significant include an updated graphical user interface and visual systle dubbed Windows Aero. Now, Windows Aero alone would make any computer saive person go out and get the operating system. There are some disadvantages with this however. One disadvantage is for the simple fact that- Aero, puts quite a strain on ones graphic card. It would be best for the user to have a monster graphic card- such as a Nvidia, in order to get out the full capability of this new revolutionary software. Another thing that comes with Windows Vista is, what Microsoft stated prier to its release, an objective to increase the state of security in the Windows Operating system. So far I have found no significant secruity leaks that would put me and my personal information in harms way. Even though it was hard for Microsoft to keep a lid on the project, and many leaked versions of Windows Vista circulated the new, overall- it was nothing that put their reputation in harms way. I suppose another reason why I think the best operating system is the line of Windows- but most recently Windows Vista, is for the simple fact that Windows is the line of operating systems which most companies seem to target. Whenever a new software manages to release, the first thing that it usually goes to is for the Windows brand. Not the MAC OS X brand. There has been much debate as to which operating system is truely the best. In my opinion, you cannot really take a look at the commericals that are displayed in a way where Microsoft is old and boring and the MAC OS is the new revolution and sleek in design. Microsoft just beats MAC in everything. Computers- and personal media devices- Zune.
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
THANKS FOR URE INSIGHT... but i cant help but to disagree im a freelance digital artist i have used both mac and windows OS. i have use windows for years , when i switch to mac os i have seen a great difference. i think mac is better hands down (multimedia, animation , stability) no worries about trojans, no problems about viruses that crash ure pc. MAC is MAC just my 2cents by the way... peace
@Estina54 (389)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Windows is easier to use and easy to be updated.
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
You should try linux MAC OS :0)
@ahamid (32)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Vista is HORRIBLE and windows xp is soooooo much better. Vista's #1 competition is Windows XP, true fact! I like windows XP a lot better. Less system resources need.
@rajays (40)
• Thailand
1 Jan 08
I have been using MS Windows fr over a decade now. I started with Windows 3.1 and have stick with the Microsoft platform ever since. I have experimented with OS2 years ago but found the Windows interface and usage to be easier and superior. I have also experimented with Linux but then again I am so used to the Windows interface, softwares and programs That I still feel more comfortable with Windows XP. I have also played around wih Mac OS Tiger and thinks that is a better OS than Windows. Its faster, more intuitive and less clutter. However I am a creature of habit and still prefer to use Windows XP.
@musicman6 (2377)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I've only been fortunate enough,to have used Windows programs, but in the future, I am looking forward to trying and using the other systems because, as much as I work on the computer, I want to be familiar with the other OS systems!