which opperating system is best, mac, windows, or linux?

Philippines
January 28, 2008 9:30pm CST
the personal computer landscape is fast evolving and i have a hardtime going through with the changes. I am planning to upgrade and contemplating on changing my Operating system. Which is the best and most cost effective to use among the three most popular ones, namely, mac, windows, or linux?
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@IddiKlu (176)
• United States
29 Jan 08
This depends totally on what you want to use your computer for. The greatest amount of flexibility is offered through windows, and I would go with XP Pro. Vista seems to be a disaster, based on what I have heard from everyone I know that got kicked into that (buying a new computer). Linux is very fast in execution, but unless you have a little knowledge of UNIX at least AND use your computer in a very limited fashion, it can be a bear. MAC charges triple for everything they sell, hardware or software, but is very stable. If you only used windows thus far, you have a large change in 'how to use' ahead of you. And compared to windows, software variety is very low.
• United States
29 Jan 08
iddiklu~ i'm curious if you have ried any Linux distro's. when I started using ubuntu, i had absolutley NO unix knowhow...i didn't even know what unix was, yet i've never had any troubles. my gui is flexable, configurable and secure...and my software choices are top notch! i agree with your mac assesment, and that of the windows o/s'es that xp pro is the best....but i'm not sure i agree w/ your linux assesment :S ~j
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@IddiKlu (176)
• United States
30 Jan 08
Since judgment on technical matters is always subjective to a point, so be it. Having worked in IT professionally for over 20 years. I have my own preferences and opinions. I have found that except for total computer geeks, most people are not too happy with UNIX, no matter which flavor. But to everyone their own, and everyone finds his happiness at a different spot.
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• United States
30 Jan 08
hey sorry if i sounded confrontational, i didn't mean to and hope you can forgive me if i did. i was just trying to see where you we're coming from, now i can (ur experience)...i know it is a lot of to each there own....so yea...thnx for answering my question :) ~j
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@Minotaur (105)
29 Jan 08
It depends what you use your PC for? I would just forget Mac. Linux, if you are a non game player, I really like all of my businessy software on Linux, but still think they need a better GUI. You have to go Windows if you want to play the latest games.
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• United States
29 Jan 08
minotaur~ what linux gui do you currently use? i'm just curious...i know all gui's period have ton's of room for improvement....and I also agree w/ your assessments of what games should use! :)
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• United States
29 Jan 08
The one OS with the least limitations is Windows (XP not Vista). More software is available for it. Despite its poor security and connection to the Microsoft Empire, it has that as an advantage over the other two. Mac is a good OS but you will not find the resources available for it as you will with Windows. As for Linux. It is the most limited in software and you are relying on a world of open source look a-like to Windows programs for everything that you do. If you are not "computer savvy" avoid Linux as your main OS. To really get the most out of Linux you need to be able to work at a machine level and know the required code and how to manipulate it. Though its graphical interface looks like Windows and Mac, it takes a lot of work to really use it to its advantage. Linux is good to experiment with on an old computer or as a dual boot on your present computer - most linux versions will set up a dual boot with Windows - beware though using the same hard drive between Windows XP or Vista and Linux - Linux needs a Fat 32 or 16 drive to write to, not the native XP NTFS file system (which it will mess up).
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@cydzzj (356)
• Australia
30 Jan 08
It's hard to compare these opperating systems. How can we say which one is the best? It depends on what funcition you prefer. I think windows is more common, and it has the largest user.
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@bhushguha (203)
• India
29 Jan 08
I like windows. I think a new user can understand the windows quickly than mac and linux.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
29 Jan 08
Linux is the cheapest among the three. Windows, microsoft particularly, is trying to monopolize the OS business. Forgiove me but that is just my belief. Their OS is so expensive and they try to rename it yearly, as if there are really that much improvement in their OS.
• United States
29 Jan 08
Linux since its open source. People can change whatever they want with it and it gets updated faster and by more people. There are also no viruses for it and it can run on older hardware. Mac only runs on Apple computers and is expensive. Windows gets viruses.
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@heidibur (310)
• United States
27 Feb 08
i personaley am interested in finding out about the MAC i've heard that it dosn't get any viruses. that is what i need i have been thiking about this for a while and i want something with little sh*t that i have to do...i dont like it...i dont understand it...and i dont care. i want to turn on my cumputer and go...i dont want it to yell at me and i dont want to get mad at it and get drunk and scream " TAKE ME TO WALMART I'M GOING TO GET A NEW COMPUTER" trust me it has happened before.and now this computer thati have is my moms old DELL lap top with no screen pluged into a desk top monitor that wont hook up to the printer ( i have to switch the cables every time) SO... if any one csan help i would really appriciate it....yeah i've been drinking i cant spell right now.
@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
25 Feb 08
This will always be a matter of personal choice, with most operating systems having good and bad points. However, I would tend to avoid Mac because despite being a decent system there has always been a tendency for the available choices of software to be rather limited in comparison to the others. Windows and Linux are both good choices and I run a dual boot system with Windows XP on one drive and Mandriva on the other. If you have the time then I would suggest trying several different Linux distributions in order to make a comparison, then you will be in a better position to decide which you prefer to use.
@player143 (879)
• India
24 Feb 08
In my opinion windows is the best.
• Portugal
19 Feb 08
mac is better, and is beautiful...
• United States
2 Feb 08
Mac is too expensive on my budget. * Windows XP and Linux both have their selling points. I want to take the best of both of those worlds so I run a double operating system. I've a roomy hard drive at 300 gig. I still end up using lots of CD's and DVD's plus a USB portable hard drive. I'm a digital pack rat.