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    Which is best operating system...........?

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    It used to be Windows, but I very much prefer Linux now.

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    It is Windows no doubt in it. I do not really like the latest versions of Windows, but I think it is maybe something to get used to.

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    It depends on what you are trying to do. There's no 'best' for everything.

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    It depends on your needs. If you do a lot of video editing, Mac OS X is for you.
    If you are a gamer, Windows is the best option for you.
    If you are a hacker, Linux is for you.
    So, there's no the best OS.

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    Overall best operating system is Windows. It's used in the business, software development and gaming world far more than any other operating system. Linux is great for those involved with networks. Apple's OS X is the preferred choice for those working in creative fields. Android has the lion's share of the mobile and casual gaming market. There may be a few shifts taking place in the coming years, but this is where we are at the moment.

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    Choosing an operating system is subjective to individual needs. I think Windows is the most used, and probably the best OS so far. Windows has the most number of followings when compared to other OS and I guess it's pretty clear to all. It also has the largest number of trained technicians and support staff. Still, I would say your question is completely subjective and it depends on your preferences. As far as my opinion goes, I would go with a windows OS any day.

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    The most popular platform in the world is no doubt Windows but depending what you want to do, depends on if it's right for you or not.

    As others have said, there's no such thing as the best, only what's the best for the actual individual so in that respect the best in the world could be any if the platforms available at the moment.

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    And the following are the correct answers:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    It depends on your needs. So, there's no the best OS.
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    Choosing an operating system is subjective to individual needs.
    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    As others have said, there's no such thing as the best, only what's the best for the actual individual so in that respect the best in the world could be any if the platforms available at the moment [or even from the past].

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamirD View Post
    And the following are the correct answers:
    Yes, and that's pretty much to say about it. An OS could be best for one, but same could be worst for the other. It completely depends on one's taste, as to what he needs and for what purpose he wants to use it.
    If you ask me, I would prefer Android over rest of the OS just because it's a lot of fun using it. I won't say that rest of the OS are bad, but Android simply matches my requirements. As simple as that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    I won't say that rest of the OS are bad, but Android simply matches my requirements. As simple as that!
    Yep you got it--find the best tool for the job. I use a mixture of almost everything depending on the task at hand.

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    I am a big fan of Windows, may be because I am used to it. I have seen people using Linux based OS and they are very much satisfied about its performance. But I am yet to use it. Even though Linux is scaling up gradually, Windows is still the market leader. You can see almost all PCs with Windows installed on it. In Windows the GUI is perfect and I am very familiar with each and every icons there. It would be really difficult to switch over to a new OS.

    But I am also planning to use Linux in near future. I just wanted to know how it turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I am a big fan of Windows, may be because I am used to it.
    That's the crux of this topic.

    Back in 1980's when there was nothing known as "operating system" to the public - it was zOS or known as OS360/390 back then. It was meant only for enterprises and never made available for the "mango public". Not even today. IBM asked Microsoft to create an interface using IBM's DOS (DOS was given free, they should have done this) and Bill Gates & team tweaked it to give the user interface -- voila Windows was born! While at the same time, Mac was working on Mac OS but because of Steve Jobs' absence Windows got more penetration in the Market and windows became "famous". Having said all that in most possible shortest way - answering the original question of this thread becomes like - ah, it hurts there where it hurts the most!

    "Best" is a relative term - what is best today for you, is not even best for others today itself.

    What is "Best"? Something which is used by more people or something which is used by less but actually the best available currently!

    Back to the topic - if you are in to using touch panels -- possibly android can be a choice if you trust the open source else iOS. Windows is a big no but I end up using it most of the times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuj Dhawan View Post
    That's the crux of this topic.

    Back in 1980's when there was nothing known as "operating system" to the public - it was zOS or known as OS360/390 back then. It was meant only for enterprises and never made available for the "mango public". Not even today. IBM asked Microsoft to create an interface using IBM's DOS (DOS was given free, they should have done this) and Bill Gates & team tweaked it to give the user interface -- voila Windows was born! While at the same time, Mac was working on Mac OS but because of Steve Jobs' absence Windows got more penetration in the Market and windows became "famous". Having said all that in most possible shortest way - answering the original question of this thread becomes like - ah, it hurts there where it hurts the most!

    "Best" is a relative term - what is best today for you, is not even best for others today itself.

    What is "Best"? Something which is used by more people or something which is used by less but actually the best available currently!

    Back to the topic - if you are in to using touch panels -- possibly android can be a choice if you trust the open source else iOS. Windows is a big no but I end up using it most of the times.
    The best is what you like. For example, I like Mac OS X and its UI, Mac OS X is the best. I like games, Windows themes and apps, Windows is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuj Dhawan View Post
    Back in 1980's when there was nothing known as "operating system" to the public - it was zOS or known as OS360/390 back then. It was meant only for enterprises and never made available for the "mango public". Not even today. IBM asked Microsoft to create an interface using IBM's DOS (DOS was given free, they should have done this) and Bill Gates & team tweaked it to give the user interface -- voila Windows was born! While at the same time, Mac was working on Mac OS but because of Steve Jobs' absence Windows got more penetration in the Market and windows became "famous".
    I have to correct some of your history here. IBM never asked MS for anything. IBM had their own GUI operating system called OS/2 while MS concentrated on their GUI OS called Windows to run on top of the existing base of DOS. The MS product won out because of market share, new computer distribution, and the ease of the upgrade path.

    Mac ran their own proprietary OS on Motorola hardware, making it incompatible with PCs on multiple levels. Macs were also only sold by one company and were expensive (like they are today) in comparison with PCs. That's why Macs never caught on. It was only until after the whole OS was ported to run on top of unix and the hardware platform switched to the ubiquitous and cheaper Intel-based hardware that the product started to be viable again. Couple that with consumers that for some reason want to be buying computers that are some sort of fashion statement (I blame women), and the Mac came back. But even so, it still holds a minority share in the market place, although it's still changing.

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    once a person strarts using Linux, he will not want to go back to windows. and more and more ordinary people are shifting to linux, at least the ubuntu variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    once a person strarts using Linux, he will not want to go back to windows. and more and more ordinary people are shifting to linux, at least the ubuntu variety.
    Why not? What about programs and games? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    Why not? What about programs and games? :P
    Most programs now have equivalents on the linux/unix platforms with compatibility with windows. Games are still harder to come by, but there's also dedicated platforms like the xbox that are actually better for gaming.

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    Windows is a very good platform. Especially,, when you are more indulged into programming or gaming. I have been using windows since childhood just for gaming and a little for working purpose, to be honest.
    Anyways, i think its not just windows but there are many OS that are emerging and those are working pretty good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamirD View Post
    IBM never asked MS for anything.
    Care to share any source of info?

    PS. we might debate long enough on this to get off topic but I would not mind to see a source for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    Why not? What about programs and games? :P
    for most windows software, the corresponding Linux software is actually much better and free. Don't play much games. So cannot comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    for most windows software, the corresponding Linux software is actually much better and free. Don't play much games. So cannot comment.
    Well that is fine than. Can you tell me similar program of Sony Vegas for Linux? I would like to know

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    1. Kdenlive
    2. Cinelerra
    3. Lightworks
    4. Piranha
    5. Ant
    6. Openshot
    7. Shotcut
    All of them are very good video editing softwares. Even Sony Vegas itself will run on linux using Wine.

    Sony Vegas costs more than a laptop, Kdenlive comes free.

    I dont do video editing. But I use GIMP extensively for photoediting, which is
    as good as photoshop, but completely free.
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    There is no point in debating about the best OS. This entirely depends on the type of work performed.

    However for most purposes, Linux can beat windows.
    The main drawback of Linux is less availability of software and this is due to the lesser number of users using it.

    For instance there are not any decent video editing softwares on linux which can match their windows counterparts.
    Sony Vegas Pro does not work under wine as reported here.

    This is not due to the fact that Windows is good and linux bad, but due to a lesser number of people using linux to create a demand for it.

    However on the server side, Linux beats Windows to the dust. The majority of internet (~70%) is powered by Linux servers.
    This is because of the stability of Linux which can run for months (unless you require a kernel update) without reboot.

    Even the International Space Station switched from Windows to Linux, for improved reliability

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuj Dhawan View Post
    But I use GIMP extensively for photoediting, which is
    as good as photoshop, but completely free.
    Gimp is very, very impressive on any platform. I'm surprised it doesn't get recognized as such more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuj Dhawan View Post
    Care to share any source of info?

    PS. we might debate long enough on this to get off topic but I would not mind to see a source for this.
    Do some searches and reading and you'll find the truth. I saw all of this happen firsthand back in the day so I am my own source.

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    Well, I had been in industry for more than 11 years now and had been working with IBM related hardware and software longer than I anticipated initially. IBM and MS are now well established and our beating around the bush will not lead us to anywhere, however to your original comment that "IBM never asked MS for anything", here is a link directly from the horse's mouth: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/w...istory#T1=era0, read the second statement of the first para under the heading 'The dawn of MS‑DOS'. Another article http://in.pcmag.com/opinion/42422/th...e-ibm-pc-os-co

    OTOH, there had been considerable history and drama surrounding the development of DOS for the IBM Personal Computer. You might want to read the following sources for more detailed coverage of this topic: "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America," Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, Doubleday, 1993, pages 149 to 181.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuj Dhawan View Post
    Well, I had been in industry for more than 11 years now and had been working with IBM related hardware and software longer than I anticipated initially. IBM and MS are now well established and our beating around the bush will not lead us to anywhere, however to your original comment that "IBM never asked MS for anything", here is a link directly from the horse's mouth: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/w...istory#T1=era0, read the second statement of the first para under the heading 'The dawn of MS‑DOS'. Another article http://in.pcmag.com/opinion/42422/th...e-ibm-pc-os-co

    OTOH, there had been considerable history and drama surrounding the development of DOS for the IBM Personal Computer. You might want to read the following sources for more detailed coverage of this topic: "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America," Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, Doubleday, 1993, pages 149 to 181.
    You're quoting MS and PC Mag as the sources? There's been a lot of PR surrounding this whole issue, but since I've been in the PC world since 1988 (that's over 25 years) and involved with computers since the late 1980s, I've seen a lot of stuff the publications never remember anymore.

    IBM's PC DOS and MS MS-DOS were fighting head-to head from almost day one. IBM wasn't stupid enough to create their own enemy, and most definitely didn't ask MS to produce a GUI for any version of DOS.

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    PS.: I'll possibly take this offline with you - we're getting very much off topic now.

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    Like others have said, it depends on your needs.
    Business people or ordinary home users can choose either, since there are alternatives for popular Windows applications in both Linux and Mac OS. Professional users should likely stick with Windows since while there are alternatives for programs like Photoshop, they don't seem to be as good. Gamers are , again , better off having Windows, considering that the video game support for other operating systems is still pretty minimal, though that might change with the release of Vulkan, a new graphics API from Valve. There are emulation options available , of course , in Linux ( I don't know of any in Mac OS) , like Wine, but they are pretty slow and buggy.


    One thing to note is that the Windows OS-es are the most susceptible to malware attacks ( since they are the most popular ). So if you want the most secure platform, you should probably choose Linux or Mac OS.

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    Even though Windows is more prone to attacks, I think it is not going to reduce its popularity as almost all PCs run on Windows. I know a few of my friends use Ubuntu in their PCs. But the issue they are facing is while trying to open files created in Ubuntu in Windows. That is a major setback when PCs run on Windows and you are not able to open a file created in another OS. I heard that there is a remedy to this issue, but still Windows dominates the world.

    It is also difficult for a major switch over as almost all from a housewife to a corporate person is use to Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    Even though Windows is more prone to attacks, I think it is not going to reduce its popularity as almost all PCs run on Windows. I know a few of my friends use Ubuntu in their PCs. But the issue they are facing is while trying to open files created in Ubuntu in Windows. That is a major setback when PCs run on Windows and you are not able to open a file created in another OS. I heard that there is a remedy to this issue, but still Windows dominates the world.

    It is also difficult for a major switch over as almost all from a housewife to a corporate person is use to Windows.
    Actually, this isn't a problem at all if the file is saved in a MS compatible format. But most software prompts to save it in its native format.

    We've got several unix based desktops where we will occasionally read and write to MS/Windows files without issue.

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    Depends, Windows is most interesting for a user game. Because the marjority of PC games have compatibility with Windows OS. However, who prizes for safety OS X or Linux are options interesting.

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    Depends on user. To utilize maximum resources of our system for our work, Linux based OS are perfect, But if we want many features then Windows if good. In simple terms, If you are a computer geek and uses your system for interesting things like password cracking, SET etc, then Linux is preferable. But , if you are as lazy as I am and needs a tool for every task, then Windows is good.

    When it comes to security, Linux is always better than any other OS.

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    I think the most important factor that makes Windows successful is its wide popularity, at least in India. I haven't seen any offices running on any other OS than Windows. For most of them Unix is still a new term. I think the first non-Windows OS they use is Android in mobile phones. I think that is a Unix based OS (please correct me if I am wrong)

    I work in a service industry (telecom MNC) and I travel all over India for various business needs. In all our offices across India, we use Windows and no other OS. I don't know if they have anything else in IT department.

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    The best operating system? Almost everybody has it on their computer. Windows operating system! Friends this the best. It supports word, access,exell. Has a store for downloading apps.
    I like it mostly because it is the easiest to use and it has many people who know how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mwazaule View Post
    The best operating system? Almost everybody has it on their computer. Windows operating system! Friends this the best. It supports word, access,exell. Has a store for downloading apps.
    I like it mostly because it is the easiest to use and it has many people who know how to use it.
    It's posts like this that make me really glad to own microsoft stock, hehe.

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    In my opinion, the best operating system is one that meets your needs. Whatever: Safety, software compatibility, Games and usability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    In my opinion, the best operating system is one that meets your needs. Whatever: Safety, software compatibility, Games and usability.
    This is the correct answer. Anything else is an opinion.

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    Although the vast majority of computer users and mobile operating systems of their favorite devices are divided into 4 major general groups, geeks, gurus and specialists dedicated to technology they know that there are more alternatives to Android, iOS, Windows and Mac YOU.

    An operating system is a communication interface between the user and the computer, and the accuracy and practicality of use of the program group that integrates, is key to that man have a more productive "relationship" with your device. For me the best is Windows 7.

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