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What I like about different OSes

Posted Jan. 4, 2006 by John Woltman

I use three different operating systems for a variety of things. At work I am required to use Windows XP. At home I use Windows 2000 for gaming. For graphics and programming I use Linux. And for surfing, and video I use Apple's OS X.
Some things I like about Windows (XP):

  • 10 year old programs still work (especially old favorite games)
  • Games are widely available (Half-Life)

Things I like about Linux (Ubuntu):

  • Insane amount of customization if you want it.
  • Free and open.
  • Auto-update entire system (EVERY single application) with a single command.
  • Wide range of network tools are typically included by default.
  • Easy to administer.
  • Almost never have to reboot for an update.
  • Helpful community.
  • No real viruses, and no spyware to be afraid of.
  • Easy to run as a restricted user and still get things done.
  • Middle-click copy and paste.
  • Very very quick formatting of large hard disks (maybe 15 to 20 seconds tops).

Things I like about OS X (Tiger):

  • Best looking out of the 3.
  • Very easy to use, especially with media hardware like cameras, scanners, and camcorders.
  • Great multimedia applications included (like iTunes, iMovie).
  • Very stable.
  • Same basic underpinnings as Linux, so it is easy to apply Linux/UNIX knowledge to OS X.
  • Easy to configure (not the same as administer).
  • No real viruses or spyware to be afraid of.
  • Easy to run as a restricted user and still get things done.