Operating System(OS) Wars

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Stryder, Feb 14, 2014.

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Which OS is better? (post version/build and any reason for your decision)

  1. Windows OS

    12 vote(s)
    28.6%
  2. Mac OS

    6 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. Linux based OS

    19 vote(s)
    45.2%
  4. UNIX

    2 vote(s)
    4.8%
  5. Other

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    yes, Windows is the best.
     
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  3. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Does a large percentage of the personal computer using population use Linux or are Windows and Mac OS more popular?
     
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  5. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Linux cannot play Windows Games.
     
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  7. Nacho Registered Senior Member

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    But, Linux can play Linux games.

    If you ever go out to bars (in the USA), you see a few coin-operated game consoles. They are table-top games, not the sit-down-console type, like Pack Man, or the really big consoles like Galaticia (spelling) was. They are not much bigger than a laptop, but the display is quite a bit thicker than the laptop display of today.

    Or, it used to be that way. I haven't been to a bar in quite some time (cough..cough), so I don't know if they are still there. I watched them being played and they seemed to have amazing graphics/pictures for the time period. I know they were Linux based, as I was sitting by one when the bar had a momentary power flicker. The power reset and came back on, and you could see the Linux bootup process on the screen.

    I don't know if these types of games are still around though, and of course home-based games are a different matter.
     
  8. RADII Registered Member

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    Enough. Windows is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

    Linux can allow you to play Windows games (I'm not going to comment on why that's important) in any number of ways: Wine, containers, virtualization...
     
  9. Engell79 Registered Member

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    i guess the poll in top of this thread, says more about the people on these forums and the ones choosing to vote in it, than it says much about reality about OS' systems today.

    Windows have won the majority vote, dosnt means its best, but dosnt change the fact it has the current no 1. in the world of users.

    widows is the best system for user freindlyness and accesability, the two most important factors for getting users.

    Mac is prolly the most simple user syste frame wise in design, how ever lacks the accesability and compatability of Win.

    Linux, dispite what i often hear, is much more unsecure than windows or mac for the avarage Joe who just install then use. Atleast both mac and Win has inbuild safty guards, in a clean linux you'd have to know quite a bit about security to set it up.
    With out a doubt, Linux is in my opinion supirior programming, but it lacks the ease of features u get in any Mac or Win prog.

    unless your a half programmer/IT guru or enthusiast, linux is just a dream of something it never was.
     
  10. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    My PC is custom-made,
    1. it can boot into Windows 10, installed on a 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD.
    2. it has a 128GB SSD for MacOS High Sierra.

    Both OS are excellent, 70% of the time I use Windows 10.
     
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  11. Jordan.S Registered Member

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    But let’s face it... Windows Operating System is quite vulnerable to different types of attacks and Linux is not as vulnerable as Windows. Do you agree? In my opinion it's just the way Linux works that makes it a secure OS...the process of package management, the concept of repositories, and a couple more features makes it rather possible that Linux is potentially more secure than Windows.
     
  12. RADII Registered Member

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    Depends on what application of 'Linux' you are talking about: consumer-grade Linux with a desktop environment is probably much more secure; server-grade Linux is the primary target environment of most of the malefactors out there today. Read the CERT reports: [week of 10/9] 2 High - phpbugtracker; 13 Medium - [various] cozmoslabs, docker, phpbugtracker, WordPress; 4 Low - openkm, phpbugtracker; > 40 - [various] including apache, gnu, embedded systems...

    The key is the ROI. More Windows systems in the hands of all those uneducated consumers meant identity theft was like skimming from Vegas Casinos (or the old rounding embezzlement racket @ financial institutions). The proliferation of public- and hybrid-cloud systems & Web 2.0/3.0 with social networking (^ attendant advertising revenues) means that ransomware is now in ascendence, & the bulk of all those servers are Linux variants.

    Linux only appears more secure until now because the ROI for attacking servers didn't rate the attention until ransomware attacks were perfected & shown to be the equivalent of printing money (or minting Bitcoins!).
     
  13. Jordan.S Registered Member

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    Well according to many analogies i have read...including ones that are simple as this one https://www.1and1.co.uk/digitalguide/server/know-how/linux-vs-windows-the-big-server-check/ A key UNIX philosophy is "do one thing and do it well". This naturally results in smaller, simpler components which are usually easier to examine and gain assurance that they are correct. Linux can be attacked by viruses and other malware but what makes it different is the open source approach, sharing vulnerabilities quicker. Besides that, the open source community feels a certain level of responsibility to actively search for improvements (and killing weaknesses at the same time). But in the end... i will say that a system is as secure as you make it. Linux has a great base, but still needs hardening. A great subject if you ask me, but I might tend to be be biased...
     
  14. Saint Valued Senior Member

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