Which is the best Operating System ?
• United States
22 Jul 07
My favorite is Windows XP, because it combines the strengths of W2K with those of WMe. Windows XP is the most stable operating system with decent graphics capabilities. The most stable operating system (of all, not just Microsoft IMO) is Windows 2000, and it is still the operating system of choice for government agencies. It doesn't have the graphics capabilities of XP, but you can still play a DVD on it. One of the best things about W2K is the ability to access the task manager, no matter how hard your machine locks up. It's also VERY light on resources. Windows XP can take up as much as 192 MB of RAM just to sit idly, while Vista can take up to 768. The minimum system requirements for the original release of Windows XP was 300 MHz processor, and 64 MB RAM. Windows 2000 only requires 133 MHz processor, and 32 MB RAM. And it can run well on just that. I haven't used Macs recently, but I stay away from them because a lot of their hardware isn't upgradeable. And I haven't used UNIX, but I have piddled briefly with FreeBSD and a few Linux distros, including Ubuntu, a popular favorite. Just about every Linux user I have ever talked to says it's more stable than Windows, but I suspect this may be nothing more than a subjective claim by disgruntled, former Windows users. Ubuntu occasionally locks up for no reason at all, even when no application is open, minutes to hours after a fresh installation. And when it locks up, there's nothing you can do about it but hard shutdown. It simply will not respond. With the possible exception of Windows Me, this is practically unheard of on a Windows operating system. Final verdict: Windows 2000 is the best operating system