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OS Smackdown: Linux vs. Mac OS X vs. Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

Since the dawn of time -- or, at least, the dawn of personal computers -- the holy wars over desktop operating systems have raged, with each faction proclaiming the unrivaled superiority of its chosen OS and the vile loathsomeness of all others.

No matter how fierce the language or convincing the arguments, however, these battles began to seem somewhat irrelevant to regular working stiffs. While Mac OS, OS/2, Linux and many other desktop operating systems have all had their devotees over the years, the truth is that the majority of home and business users have simply used the current version of Windows as a matter of course.

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decapitator3308d ago (Edited 3308d ago )

If I had to pick two, it would be XP and Mac. I am interested in learning a new OS and mac seems like my the more appropriate choice.

tweaker3307d ago

Perfect combination man. I have Leopard running with XP at the same time with parallels. Processes XP natively with hardly no noticeable lag. Also have XP installed with bootcamp in case I want to run some games like CoD4.

mithril3308d ago (Edited 3308d ago )

I am programmers since many years. For me an operating system should be a tool to find my programs and browse my files. When an operating system is very visual, with video, preview and animations and takes a lot of resources on my PC. For me it's not an operating system but a useless games.

i want an light operating system.

The perfect system for me is a windows (for games, and programming) with the flexibility of Linux (have a light window manager) and install what you want. for programming and games ;) and resources (ram, disk space) for my programs and not to run my operating system and animation.

linux is good, i do programming in Linux too. but can't play many games.

Linux will be perfect if the game manufacturers climbed on the train,
I imagine a games on Linux games optimized operating system. all resources of the PC will be optimized for games only, no resources needs and tasks for checking the update windows, no more explorer.exe, and services are useless when plays. Only a small kernel, 3D acceleration, network communication and chat (text and voice).

decapitator3308d ago (Edited 3308d ago )

Linux is getting a massive boost in the portable department from Dell/Hp and others. I think it won't be too long before major game companies start backing the linux as well.

Linux gaming will take off, but might not happen for a while.

Fishy Fingers3307d ago (Edited 3307d ago )

A huge amount of companies already support Linux. Especially when it comes to thing's such as servers.

PSWe603307d ago

The cards in Solitaire look pretty realistic on Vista

Yi-Long3307d ago

... I've used Mac's with OSX (work and school) but I didnt like it much. I prefer a PC.

However, I'm stuck with a useless 32 bit Vista (OEM), while I would prefer a 64 bits OS, so I'll probably switch over to a 64 bits version of Ubuntu soon, maybe install a dual-boot or something. Not sure yet. Depends on which programs will be able to run on Ubuntu (think Photoshop etc)

Karebear3307d ago

I've been using only Linux since 2000 and never looked back. I do all my gaming on my Playstation3. After gaming on a 62" HD TV with 7.1 sound a monitor just isn't the same anymore anyway.

Using Linux has led to jobs for me as well. Started as a Network Operations person, went up to Systems Admin, then Senior Systems Admin, and now I head the IT department.

I installed Linux for the first time in 1995 with Slackware. Its come a LONG way.

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