# 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)

15 vote(s)
33.3%

6 vote(s)
13.3%

19 vote(s)
42.2%

2 vote(s)
4.4%

3 vote(s)
6.7%
1. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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yes, Windows is the best.

3. ### mmatt9876Registered 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?

5. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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Linux cannot play Windows Games.

7. ### NachoRegistered 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.

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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. ### Engell79Registered 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. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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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.SRegistered 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.

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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.SRegistered 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. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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What is the best free software to create animated gif file?

15. ### nmyjeffRegistered Member

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Mac is more secure. Once signed in with iCloud, it is almost impossible to break into the device. However, the password could be removed instantly on Windows computer as you can see from this tutorial. So I am a big fan for Mac.

16. ### mcurieRegistered Member

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Photoshop, I'd say. And Photoshop and all adobe softwares generally work better with MAC.

17. ### ForcemanMay the force be with youRegistered Senior Member

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I have seen many of the features of Server OS plus platform (loggin in and signing out of the cloud) to Linux users Windows may seem as terminally defined and to Mac Users it may seem open source and Ubuntu defined. The definition would be to sign up for more updates than through Kerberos or signing up for KB patches.

18. ### originTrump is the best argument against a democracy.Valued Senior Member

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Free photoshop???

19. ### mcurieRegistered Member

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I WISH but if you're a graphic designer Mac might be a better choice. For everything else, I recommend WIN for the win

20. ### Confused2Registered Senior Member

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Looking back over 5 computers running 24/7 for the last 20 years...
The windows computers have gone to the tip as a result of irreparable software failure and the the Linux computers as a result of irreparable hardware failure. For the last five years my windows fails have been Ubuntu'd (Linux) and have worked happily to the point of hardware failure. Difficult to guess how much perfectly good hardware (my own included) has gone in the skip as a result of the windows licensing model.
If all you want is internet, email and letter writing then (for example) xubuntu will give all of that (and more) in an easy to install and use package - which costs you nothing. After a series of hardware failures my entire office (database server included) now runs on Raspberry Pi's (~$30 each) with one windows computer for serveilance software I can't rewrite or workaround. If you are only likely to make (say) ten gif's then the cost of the hardware and software could make those gif's very expensive compared to cheap hardware (~$30) and free software which might not be world class but will do the job.

In fairness, with the Raspberry Pi - add the cost of a cheap external hard drive and some fiddling about to get it working - though this might well have been simplified by now.

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