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Which do you think is the best OS for you?

  • Windows XP

    Votes: 78 72.2%
  • Windows 2000

    Votes: 7 6.5%
  • Windows NT

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Windows 9x series

    Votes: 5 4.6%
  • Windows 3.1? <<-- I wonder if it was worth putting on...

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • UNIX

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • LINUX

    Votes: 27 25.0%
  • MAC OS

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • MAC OS X

    Votes: 8 7.4%
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I think you should stop trying to prove Microsoft is going downhill (which it isn't) ...
 

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hey I voted xp... I think :\

course they are going down hill, they are losing their share in the os market and software market too.
 

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They pioneered the desktop computer, they will be ontop due to their basically unlimited funds.
 

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Vanit said:
They pioneered the desktop computer, they will be ontop due to their basically unlimited funds.
Actually, Microsoft pioneered the OEM software vendor model where you push your software on hardware manufacturers, so everyone uses it. They did it with BASIC, with DOS, and with Windows.

It's a good model too, since otherwise every brand of computer would have its own custom software of some low quality.

If other companies (especially Next) had used that model around the same time, Microsoft might not have been so successful.

Microsoft's funds are limited, and big corporations can easily go bankrupt. Microsoft will persist because it's a well run company that can recognize innovation and copy or buy it. However, that can change with each new manager the company hires, so I don't think it will always have the number one largest market share in the desktop operating system market.
 

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Every operating system sucks in its own special way. All things considered, I think Windows XP sucks the least, but Linux-based operating systems are catching up fast.
 

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Ramsus K said:
Actually, Microsoft pioneered the OEM software vendor model where you push your software on hardware manufacturers, so everyone uses it. They did it with BASIC, with DOS, and with Windows.
Hmm that got me thinking, would it be safe to say that Apple follows a similar path but applies their force on hardware as well as OS?
 

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Hmm that got me thinking, would it be safe to say that Apple follows a similar path but applies their force on hardware as well as OS?
No. It'd be safe to say that Apple makes Apple software for Apple hardware. That's why they never had the success Microsoft had. Apple hardware only accounts for a small fraction of computers sold.
 

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Vanit said:
They pioneered the desktop computer, they will be ontop due to their basically unlimited funds.
Erm slightly inaccurate that. If we are referring to the gui, the original concept was "modern" computer was pionered by xerox back in the mid 70's. The idea was then subsequently "nicked" by apple for the macintosh, and subsequently had their ideas "nicked" by microsoft for windows/0S|2. Hardware wise, it was apple who pioneered the desktop computer with the apple][. It was the sucess of that machine which forced IBM to initally create the x86 pc. They had to do so in hurry as they were playing catch up. So they took the unusual step of hiring 3rd party companies to make specific components. A small upstart company called microsft won the contract for the operating system over the more established cp/m and the rest as they say is history.

As for OS's.... well as with all good things the answer depends on the situation. Personally I use XP,2k, tiger and panther OSX, Debian and Gentoo linuxes on a a daily basis. Administration and server wise linux is the wisest choice. In terms of hardcore research, the result is a tie between linux and OSX (windows is a dog for this sort of thing). In terms of ease of use for Grandpa OSX wins hands down. Gaming wise it has to be windows. Compatibility wise it has to be windows. So in all it's pretty even IMHO.

Oh I forgot: In terms of virus/malware, it has to be windows. Next to none of that anywhere else (j/k ;) )
 

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I have to admit that Windows XP is the most stable operating system that is produced in the Windows family. Never got BSOD when I install XP on my computer. I remember the BSOD I got with Windows 98 installation.

The second place would be Windows 98. This is the longest operating system I before switching to XP.

I also have fond memories of DOS. Let's all go back to DOS. :)
 

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every different system is meant for different things, they can be better/worse for people using them for different methods

the mac is used by most graphics related companies because it is better at processing big programs like 3ds max and animating / making movies etc

windows xp is very good in that it is so simple the next generation of idiots can use it

windows 2000 was and still is a great system for those that know how to use it right

linux is good in that it is so customizable you can set it up almost any way you want to, that is if you know how

unix was a good command line os for huge databases and servers, it's still used by a lot of companies today despite being so very old

then theres windows longhorn which will be another great stepping stone in computer history

the point is each system is suited for different needs, you don't really have a best one
 

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I have to admit that Windows XP is the most stable operating system that is produced in the Windows family.
Consumer OS, maybe, but Windows Server 2003 is overall the most stable.

Never got BSOD when I install XP on my computer. I remember the BSOD I got with Windows 98 installation.
I've gotten a few BSODs with Windows XP, but I think almost all of them were caused by buggy video card drivers.
 

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Yeah, every blue screen I got was hardware related. One was because I moved my sound card over one slot (?). The others were because of a radeo 7000<argh.
 

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Ok I have used all the windows 3.1 included and many different Linux releases but I found that xp is still the most userfriendly
 

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Going back to Xerox. Alan Kay created the first desktop computer. It was developed at the Xerox Corp Palo Alto Research Facilty. The computer was called the Alto. It featured overlappin windows, icons and a point and click environment. the alto was never brought to the market. Apple computer founders Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniak took a look at the Alto at the reasearch facility and drew many of the innovations when building the new macintosh in 1984.
 

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Ramsus K said:
No. It'd be safe to say that Apple makes Apple software for Apple hardware. That's why they never had the success Microsoft had. Apple hardware only accounts for a small fraction of computers sold.
That used to be the case. Apple is going to Intel X86 CPU's...So Mac OSX.x will be able to run on ANY pc. Windows will lose a big market share. Mac OS is easier to use than windows, as well as being more efficient.. The only drawback HAS been the hardware being so damn expensive...It is a very good move on Apple's part...
 

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yeah, I have a feeling with the mac os coming to x86, that computers will start to get pushed on a little faster. Now both microsoft and apple will have a true even fight. I can't wait.
 
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