Linux, Mac OS X, Vista and XP: head-to-head

  Managing ed 17:19 25 Apr 2008

Each of the four biggest players; Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Vista and Windows XP have their merits, and each provokes strong opinions, for and against. So we've taken four experts and asked them to defend their chosen operating systems in an opinionated free-for-all.

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What do you think? (Backs away slowly...)

Seriously though, we're interested in forum-members'opinions. Fire away.



  bremner 18:08 25 Apr 2008

I regularly use all four of the O/S's and was a beta tested for Longhorn/Vista

Two years ago I was converted to OS X and still consider this to be the best of the bunch. It's limitations are that it can not run many of the programs I must use. Consequently I have Parallels installed and use XP Pro as well.

Linux is good but just not in the same league as OS X or XP.

Poor old Vista! Destined to be thought of as another ME?
In too many ways simply not better than the O/S it superseded.

I hope that MS get back on track with Windows 7 but I will not hold my breath

  Arthur Scrimshaw 18:31 25 Apr 2008

I think you should lock this thread now!

  mrwoowoo 20:21 25 Apr 2008

bremner has almost summed it up perfectly.
It's a basically,'horses for coureses' senario.
Xp is a very good OS and will do whatever most people want.If you are happy with it,stick with it.
Vista is also a very good and stable system once you(i) strip out a few things and customise it to how you want it.As a gamer i have had no problems with vista and gaming and have been very pleased with it although i had no problems with xp either.
If you like OS X , linux,xp or vista, then that is the best OS for you,and thats all that matters. And no amount of arguments will persuade you otherwise.

  octal 20:56 25 Apr 2008

It reads as if the authors were specialists in their own operating systems but didn't have a clue about any of the other systems, the Linux comments from the Windows author prove that, what competition? They are all different systems. Write objectively, or shut up.

  dth 22:32 25 Apr 2008

thought it was a good article myself.

each to their own i suppose (could't get into using a mac) but with systems using xp, vista & opensuse - opensuse wins by a mile. xp seems old & dated now while vista is just too slow and clunky (usually go for a bath when copying large files from a memory stick). mind you so much for my opinion - as i used to love windows m/e.

  Forum Editor 22:41 25 Apr 2008

"we've taken four experts and asked them to defend their chosen operating systems"

That means that you have to be subjective, not objective. Maybe it isn't them who should shut up?

  octal 22:45 25 Apr 2008

I'll get my coat then, good bye.

  LastChip 23:42 25 Apr 2008

Out of the two Microsoft offerings, XP is the far better system. The least said about Vista, the better! Even Microsoft know it's a disaster.

MAC's are a very competent system, but suffer from one fatal flaw; they are massively over-priced.

That leaves Linux. Very underrated by most, mainly through ignorance. I've all but forgotten about viruses and malware since using Debian as my main system. The boot time leaves Vista and XP in the shade and as soon as my desktop becomes available, I'm ready for work.

Much is made about Vista's improved boot times, but like most Microsoft claims, is not actually true. When the desktop appears, there are still many services still loading in the background that doesn't render the system ready to use. Not so with Linux.

Maintenance on Linux is a non-event, No more regular scanning, updating endless anti-virus and anti-malware software. No more defragging. Not necessary!

And stability, well that's almost legendary in Linux and something that Microsoft can only dream about.

Linux? Fast, stable, secure, and free.

Just switch the computer on, and use it.

  Earthsea 23:57 25 Apr 2008

2 points:

1. I've had this XP laptop for almost 3 years and never had a single BSOD or had to use system restore, so stability has never been an issue.

2. I've never had to update 'endless anti-virus and anti-malware software'. AVG just updates once a day when I switch it on, and that's it.

XP? Fast, stable, secure and came with the laptop.

Just switch the computer on, and use it.

  DrScott 00:14 26 Apr 2008

was compatible with gaming I'd use it preferentially.

Vista is so so, and like XP is rather bloated.

I have little experience of Macs, but it seems as if the OS is very resistant to tinkering. Again, the lack of gaming support is an issue.

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