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Battle of the os's: Solaris,Windows,Linux,Mac,Unix...... Answered

What do you think THE BEST OS is ?


I think Solaris is the best since it has so many features like predictive self healing and now building on ZFS file system. Pretty cool!!


9 years ago

1. Windows (Windows XP before Windows Vista),
2. MacOS,
3. Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse),
4. Solaris

1. Linux (RHEL*, SLES),
2. Solaris,
3. Windows,
4. MacOS

*There is a free derivate called CentOS.

1. MacOS (only if Apple let them run on average PC hardware),
2. Linux (will be the first if Apple don't do, Apple hardware is expensive!),
3. Solaris,
4. Windows

Server: Nothing changes.

My favorite is Linux, it is more because of the philosophy behind it, less the OS. In terms of usability, experience, MacOS is the better OS, for know.

At first place i would like to see Linux, but i think it needs more work to be there, but the community works hard!

If you plan to use one of the free OS's, think about to try beside Linux the BSD derivates PC-BSD, DesktopBSD.

Is Solaris the Java based OS from Sun micro systems any good ?

Its not meant to be used as a desktop :P Its for servers ;-)

This just out: Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

Not to defend Microsoft, as kernel exploits that provide privileged access are terrible flaws, but we had an interesting discussion in the talk backs where several people acted as if Microsoft was the only place that could’ve made such mistakes. Well, the proof is in the pudding that this is a common flaw across operating systems that is difficult to catch due to the complexities of kernel code.

Dann Frazier of Debian posted to Full Disclosure today about four vulnerabilities that allow local and although this means you can’t do it over the Internet, unless you’ve already compromised a user account in some way remotely, the same applied to the Windows flaw that I spoke of, but there were questions around what exactly local meant, as it does not mean you have to sit at the box physically...

Security, reliability, stability : Linux Ease of use, general use, simplicity: Mac Most compatibility, industry standard: Window$ Universities, labs, other weirdos: Unix BTW I have a desktop running Fedora core 5 and 8 , and a MacBook laptop running OS x 10.5 (leopard)

Ok I downloaded a disk image of Mandriva, Fedora, Puppy, Ubuntu..... I tried Ubuntu First but the Bios chip is to old. Then I tried puppy its pretty cool... And then I tried Fedora but it didn't install (my limewire iso is probably missing a file or two) And now I am installing Mandriva and its asking me for a password and user name ( I am not done installing though) Would you know what these are ?

Could you be a little more specific? I'd be glad to help.

Ok I turn on my lil metal box and bam picture on the monitor... I go into BIOS and tell it to boot from CD and I see the setup screen with all the stick people..... and it finishes loading...... then it goes to the screen USERLOCALHOST Username: Password: Well anyways I figured that out the username is root... once i typed root and the password startx.....(I did some googling (alot)) and figure that out but now its just a red screen with a pointer on it. (it was red for about 30mins then it turned black and it hasnt changed since)...... Now whats going on (im going to do some more googling)

I think that you have a live cd, not an installation cd. When you do that it doesn't start up x11, but instead it just stays in a command line interface. You need installation cds.

But I can see a mouse... I will look for installation cds.... What an embarrassing mistake

I did my BIOS chip is to old and I cant find a 2000+ one

I should quit being so cheap and just buy one there cheap too (i think)

Its probably easier to get a new mobo, but you should be able to do this on this bios chip. Do you have a webcam and high speed connection? pm me and I'll be glad to walk you through this step by step.

. I think this is where you enter the username/password you want to use.

no, littlechef said that it was already set to root and startx.

.....Which means linux has more available power.

i could swear thats what i said. anywho, even if windows can recognize more ram, or handle faster cpus, it wasts a lot of power running the operating system and the security tools.

trim windows for better cuts then. delete unnecessary programs.

Or just leave all your programs and get a Mac

booo mac. to be honest, it has great applications, but the new/old osx is a tad hard to use. i have 9.4 though, it works well.

It's not the best, but it is better than windows (I got mine because i wanted a laptop, and I get a student discount)

touche. still, i like xp better than osx. i still like 9.4 though. thats a simple and fun os, but a tad limited

It really depends on what you want to use it for. Different things work for different people. I'm using Os X 10.5 (leopard) on the entry level MacBook.

Speedwise, I'd have to go for unix/linux, if only because it's so much easier to have a sort of "minimal" install that doesn't have a couple hundred HUGE apps hogging your ram and cpu. That's assuming that you meant "speed available to some computationally bound application." But one has to be very careful indeed when defining "power". Power to support a huge variety of hardware and backward compatibility with ancient apps? Windows wins. Ease of use "power" probably goes to the mac, as long as you're within the bounds of Applications that Apple deems worth supporting (multimedia processing, sure. Extreme Gaming, not so much! In the end, the apps are more important than the OS.

It depends by what you mean by best... Windows dominates the industry, and you can do just about anything with a Win PC if you've got the right programs... Linux is open source, and I LOOOVVEE open source, but saying "Linux" is very broad; there's millions of distros, some are incredible and some are plain junk. Mac OS X confuses me for the most part, mostly because I was born and raised via Windows...

. The best OS (or app) is the one that does what you want in a manner that is efficient and comfortable for you. If a //e with AppleWorks will do the job and you like it, then that's the best. . For Joe Average, who doesn't really care about how the computer does whatever it is that it does, it's a toss up between Windows and MacOS (which has a lot of Unix inside). As far as I can tell, the major differences are in look-and-feel, so use whichever feels best to you. . Some of the latest versions of Linux are almost there, but I still put them in the Advanced/Hobbyist class. I see Ubuntu (and possibly a few others) being a serious contender in the home market by the end of the year or the middle of next, but for now, it still requires too much of newbies. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, you can't beat the price and Linux is arguably superior to Windows - it's certainly faster.


10 years ago

They're all basically unix, except for windows. That's a bit scary. On the other hand, the fact that the "user experience" is so far removed from the underlying core of the operating system is a tremendous advance. As one of those "weirdos", it's lovely to be able to do unix things "underneath" MacOS (or even on windows, via cygwin), but the average user doesn't even have to know that it's possible.

for me, it depends exactly what I am doing or want to accomplish at the time, but I am partial to windows XP or Linux