Discussion in 'polls' started by mattdocs12345, Aug 23, 2013.
For me, I use:
Windows = 60% of the time
Mac = 30% of the time
Linux = 10% of the time
Been trying to get rid of Windows for some time, but I always go back because of "Games"
I find Windows be easier to use and much better designed, and in general find using OS X to be a very frustrating experience.
There an excellent Mac vs Windows article here.
Which can be under Linux & Mac (should be OS X). There are too little options indeed (still many *nix and other OS available), so may I request at least a 5th options?
Mostly Windows because of games.
95%-98% Linux 5%-2% sometimes windows
For me, I use:
Linux = 90% of the time
Windows = 10% of the time [Admin work]
For family, they use:
Windows = 90% of the time
Linux = 10% of the time
[Image used by acknowledgement to Coronastx: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Linux-where-dreams-come-true-60145977
I have been MS-free for over a year; I exclusively use Linux.
At present, I have following distros:
1)A minimal Debian XFCE
3)A minimal Arch Linux xfce in a VM
I'm mostly using debian now, and I have no non-free ( "free" as in "freedom") software installed except some firmwares.
I mainly use Windows at home.
However, I will sometimes use one of the Live Linux Distros.
Arch Linux all the time no windows
I use all three of the choices, but Linux is used the most.
during the past year i was heavily into distro hopping.
i went back to Windows because there are Windows only software i need to run.
and i just don't have the time or patience to babysit two OSes or more.
Windows of course.
Windows since 1994. Linux to play with in virtual machines on and off since 2006. MacOS not ever.
OS X. If I'm being honest, though, I would say probably 60% OS X and 40% Windows. The 40% on Windows being due to: 1) games, and 2) the occasional work file that is easier to manipulate via my Win 7 VM. I have a Win 8 VM, but truly I can't stand it so far. So if Microsoft continues down the Win 8 path in the post-Ballmer era then I probably will ween myself even further off Windows. Linux is pretty good, but I've just never taken the time to master it due to the seemingly infinite variety of tweaks and customizations that you can -- and almost have to -- do in order to get it to something productive.
All operating systems have their pros and cons, and everyone has their personal tastes. But usually I find most initial reactions (less than 6 mos with an OS) to be based off of false assumptions and not knowing the tricks, tweaks, mannerisms, and design paradigms behind the OS. (I'm likely guilty of this with the wide variety of Linux flavors that I never gave the full measure of my time.)
Having used Windows and OS X both rather extensively for a very long period of time, I can honestly say that I think there are a lot of things that just work more "fluidly" in OS X once you learn it. For example, Spotlight works a lot better than Windows search... quicker, more comprehensive, more clearly broken down into categories, and more "intuitive" in what you are wanting as your top hit. The handling of PDFs in OS X is far better, because it's just integrated everywhere and everything can print to PDF by default; whereas Windows requires add-ins and the handling isn't uniform (you can partially thank Adobe for that, because Microsoft developed an OS native PDF handling capability but, as I recall, Adobe threatened to sue them under antitrust law for illegal bundling just after the Internet Explorer bundling fiasco and Adobe Reader just doesn't give you the same level of ability). File handling and organization in OS X is also just a lot easier and more natural once you get the hang of it. Web browsing forward and back with swipes of your finger left and right is easier than clicking forward and back buttons. Flipping between virtual desktops with two-finger swipes left and right doesn't have a Windows analog absent some sort of add-in, afaik. The OS X graphical UI shows more detail and obsessiveness over individual pixels than either Windows or Linux, imho.
The above is by no means a comprehensive list, just some quick one-off examples.
Windows almost exclusively these days. I played around with Linux for awhile but I could never get the ACPI to work right and I couldn't have the simple luxury of closing the lid of a laptop and having it go into suspend. That was around 8 years ago and I haven't done anything Linux but live CDs since then.
Every few years I have a fling with a Mac but it never lasts. OSX is not for me. I like the tweakablilty of Windows that goes very deep even if it does have security issues. And OSX didn't support hibernation the last time I tried it. I like to go days or even weeks without rebooting and suspend and hibernation are important to me.
Yes you can tweak OSX but at a very superficial user UI level. Getting to the driver and system level is not easy. That is one of the reasons it is so secure. Even at an administrator level, you really don't have full root access without extra software. The file system you see is not the same file system the system sees. In Windows, you have the option to see or hide system files in the OS without additional software.
Not because I love Microsoft, but due to the fact most ALL of my app.s are Windows-centric.
because the system restore actually works.
I'm using WIN7 until Microsoft releases an OS as good in the future.
Windows 7 and I like it.
Did you get Win 7 x64 installed?
Windows 7 = 90% - other 10% = Windows 8 – Linux\Ubuntu – now farting around with Fedora 19!
Have never used OSX – but wouldn't mind giving it a shot.
When I started this poll I only used Windows. Few days ago I switched and now I use linux on my main laptop. I keep Windows 7 as a back up for few apps that don't run under Linux.
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