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Battle of the OS's

Battle of the OS's

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Linux vs Windows vs Macintosh: My experience.
It has long been debated about which operating system is the most important or“best”. Truth be told, there is no “best”. It all comes down to what suits you best andwhat your profession is. However, there is a big difference in quality of the operatingsystems. Before I begin, I will tell you which versions or distributions I am talking about.The first, Linux. I will be basing Linux off of four distributions, they are Ubuntu 8.04,Fedora 9, OpenSUSE 11, and BackTrack Beta 3. The second, Windows, it is WindowsXP SP2. Thirdly, Macintosh, it will be OS X Leopard 10.5.4. Now, here begins thebreakdown.
Linux:
The Breakdown:I have always been an avid Linux fan. Firstly, because it
ʼ
s free. Secondly, because thereis a lot of thought and dedication put into it. Thirdly, because it is extremely robust. In myexperience with Linux I have encountered both great solutions and problems. First, thegreat things about it. It is extremely robust and reliable. It is great for any server,whether a web server or a work server. There are many nicely built programs for it, suchas OpenOffice. It is
the 
operating system for programming, it
ʼ
s Python, PHP, Pearl,Ruby, and C capabilities are endless, it
ʼ
s geek heaven. It is probably the most versatileof all three operating systems, it
ʼ
s nearly perfect, except for one crucial flaw. It does nothave any major backing from any major company. It
ʼ
s only real backing is Novell, andthey aren
ʼ
t nearly as big compared to Microsoft, Apple, or Intel. It
ʼ
s driver support islimited and in most distributions, it takes hours to find a wireless driver. It also has noreal iPod or MP3 player support, so you can say goodbye to updating your iPod withyou favorite band. Until today it does not have any VB integration with OpenOffice, soall your solver equations are gone. Linux is the premium operating system forprogrammers, but is the ultimate let down for business, creative art, or web users.The Rating:Ease of usability: 5/10Programming capability : 9/10Stability: 10/10Support: 3/10Program availability: 8/10Overall: 7/10
Written by: Andrew Mickael
Published 7.05.2008
 
Windows:
The Breakdown:Windows, ah, Windows, the all time most hated operating system, and without goodreason might I add. For me, Windows has been a complete failure. It
ʼ
s venerable toviruses, it crashes continuously, nothing is built right, there
ʼ
s virtually VPN, FTP, orrSync functions, and it doesn
ʼ
t run on Unix. It may be the most popular, but it
ʼ
s supportis awful. Microsoft just doesn
ʼ
t know how to provide correct support. They treat theircustomers like trash, making them wait and are rude to them. Even if you pay forsupport they are still trash. It may have company backing, but that doesn
ʼ
t mean thatthey are any good. Windows for me is a failure, and it will always be, it
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s only good forbusiness users, and that
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s that.The Rating:Ease of usability: 7/10Programming capability: 4/10Stability: 2/10Support: 3/10Program availability: 10/10Overall: 5/10Macintosh (OS X, Intel)The Breakdown:Mac, the operating system that has as much fan-base as Linux, now that
ʼ
s impressive.Right now I am using a Macintosh, and I love it. It has everything I want. A wordprocessor with VB support, iTunes, FTP, rSync, Unix, X11, a huge base of software,great customer support, drivers galore, Firefox, everything. It has huge support for PHP,Python, C, and much, much more. It even comes with Xcode, so nothing to buy to startdeveloping. Apple has really outdone themselves here. It has everything I want, andmore. Thank you Apple, for outdoing yourselves, and for giving me the OS I really want.This OS is extremely stable and robust and will never ever crash, so there
ʼ
s my report,take what you will, leave what you want, but I love this OS and I will stick by it
ʻ
till theend.The Rating:Ease of usability: 9/10Programming capability: 9/10
Written by: Andrew Mickael
Published 7.05.2008

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