Which operating system do you use the most?

Which operating system do you use the most?

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Which operating system does everyone use constantly? I assume many people will choose Windows, but I am wondering why you have stuck to the operating system you are used to using? If you could improve anything to your user experience what would it be?
 

Trashpanda

Member
I'm on Windows, mainly because I can't be bothered switching. It really has gone downhill over the last few years with the windows 8/10 tag-team shit-combo, but I'm too busy with real life stuff to make time to switch over.
 

PGen98

Moderator
My current desktop is a Windows machine that dual boots with Linux Mint, but I'm hoping to upgrade in the near future and will be running just Linux. I'm a distro-hopper on my laptop, so I haven't nailed down a single distro of choice, thinking Fedora Cinnamon or ElementaryOS, but we'll see. I also quite like PoP_OS!, been using it for a while on my laptop and it's just a very solid distro.
 
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FaceHugger

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I'm a simple man, Windows 10 is fine and I know it inside and out.

I have a Macbook Pro but I'm not enamored with MacOS. It's fine and straightforward, but sometimes it's so simple it feel unintuitive to someone like me who is so used to Windows. I suppose that will change as I use it more.
 

BigPete7978

Founder of The Goat House
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I've used a lot of them. My current laptop is Windows. But I also really enjoy MacOS. Only real Linux I've experienced was back in the day on the OG PS3, it was awesome!
 

Ash

Member
Windows for my laptop. It is the OS that I have the most experience of and enjoy using. I have tried a bit of Linux but I'm not a fan of it.
 
Cool. How is it? I use Android.
I like it a lot, sure beats the Samsung ROM that comes on the phone originally..

Sadly Windows 10 and its irking me these days, I need to find a linux os that can run all my windows stuff.
When you say all of your Windows stuff, what stuff do you mean? Also you could always run Linux (would recommend Ubuntu) and use either KVM or just virtual box. That way you can have all of your general use data on linux, while still being able to install a Windows virtual machine for any gaming, editing, or anything else you may need Windows for.

I still fire up a Windows virtual machine whenever I want to play steam games, but I generally nuke the VM whenever I am done. Call me paranoid :LOL:
 

Empire

Member
Windows 10 since early 2014 :) and never stopped using it, then again not much choice on what to use since other windows oS is not supported and gaming you need to be on the updated OS. Like flight sim won't really work on windows 7 :( so 1o hype.

I'm used to 10 now anyway like I said been using it since 2014 LOL
 

bsmith87

Member
I primarily use Windows, 10 prefer 7, I do use Linux at times and currently dabbing in it as we speak, I luckily never used windows 8,which I'm glad i didn't as the issues people said about it. then vista previously ugh...
 
I clearly remember running Windows 7, replacing that laptop, bringing it home getting it started and nearly puking on my screen because I thought they had replaced the "desktop" with the new start menu of Windows 8...

Thank god they never actually did, but it took me like 20 minutes to find where the desktop was LOL good times..
 

PGen98

Moderator
Windows 8 was a hell of a shock at first, but I used it and actually got used to it, so by the time 8.1 came out, I was fine with it. Then 10 came around and I upgraded to it, but Linux is preferable to any Windows OS, and as Bunker Hosting said, if you run Linux, it's not hard to run a Windows VM to still use those 'must have' Windows programs.
 

Empire

Member
Windows 8.1 was alright but I didn't use it that long, My gaming laptop had windows 8.1 and soon after 10 was out for the public I upgraded right away. Windows 8.0 was a fail and so bad LOL
 
I like it a lot, sure beats the Samsung ROM that comes on the phone originally..


When you say all of your Windows stuff, what stuff do you mean? Also you could always run Linux (would recommend Ubuntu) and use either KVM or just virtual box. That way you can have all of your general use data on linux, while still being able to install a Windows virtual machine for any gaming, editing, or anything else you may need Windows for.

I still fire up a Windows virtual machine whenever I want to play steam games, but I generally nuke the VM whenever I am done. Call me paranoid :LOL:

things seem to freeze, drivers stop working for no reason. W10 is a hot mess, a continuous OS in beta.
 

MicroNort

Member
Like most, Windows (10). I don't have any motivation to change because I don't see any good reason. Software on other OS is far more limited. Mac OS is probably Ok if you must have Apple hardware (although now they all have Intel inside, questionable how different the hardware is) but you still have less software options than Windows users. Linux seems more of something for hobbyists, again with more limited software options.
 

Aries

Administrator
I'm currently on Windows 10 but have always been a Windows user. I find it easy to use and there's so much you can do. I've used other operating systems like Mac OS and Linux but find them slightly harder to use and since I've never been a frequent user, I've never really got the hang of it.
 

PGen98

Moderator
I'm currently on Windows 10 but have always been a Windows user. I find it easy to use and there's so much you can do. I've used other operating systems like Mac OS and Linux but find them slightly harder to use and since I've never been a frequent user, I've never really got the hang of it.
That's understandable, but given a bit of time actually using Linux, it comes very easily. Especially these days, where most distros are essentially on par with Windows in terms of features and doing everything within the GUI rather than command line. It's genuinely worth a shot for those looking for a change from Windows.
 
things seem to freeze, drivers stop working for no reason. W10 is a hot mess, a continuous OS in beta.
Your issue seems to be more related to hardware manufacturers drivers rather than Windows 10 itself. Though I have to agree, how Windows handles updates is TERRIBLE; especially if you are coming from the Linux world.

Like most, Windows (10). I don't have any motivation to change because I don't see any good reason. Software on other OS is far more limited. Mac OS is probably Ok if you must have Apple hardware (although now they all have Intel inside, questionable how different the hardware is) but you still have less software options than Windows users. Linux seems more of something for hobbyists, again with more limited software options.
I also must disagree with this, you can easily visualize MacOS without actual Apply Hardware (Apple frowns upon this, but it is no harder than spinning up a virtual machine of any other OS). Not to mention the Linux is by far more flexible than Windows is in terms of software. Once you get over the initial learning curve of Linux, you will begin to realize how powerful it really can become.

For the distance future I believe most people will continue to use Windows, but I think that this is slowly beginning to change. Yes you may still need to a run Windows for certain things, gaming being the biggest one I can think of. Just like many people will want MacOS for video editing, graphic design, etc.

I think the big change in the future will be many people using Linux to hold majority of there data (as it isn't being scrapped and sold to advertisers like nearly ALL of your data is on Windows or Mac) but people will become more accustom to running a virtual machine dedicated to the task they are doing. Example: I run Ubuntu as my main OS, but I use virtualization to create a Windows VM that is used strictly for Steam. This way all Microsoft sees is someone playing steam on a basic computer setup. The same for Mac, if I want to edit a video; I would just create a MacOS virtual machine, do all of my editing, export the video to my actual Linux system and upload.

This is the future I am hoping for at least..
 

MicroNort

Member
Your issue seems to be more related to hardware manufacturers drivers rather than Windows 10 itself. Though I have to agree, how Windows handles updates is TERRIBLE; especially if you are coming from the Linux world.


I also must disagree with this, you can easily visualize MacOS without actual Apply Hardware (Apple frowns upon this, but it is no harder than spinning up a virtual machine of any other OS). Not to mention the Linux is by far more flexible than Windows is in terms of software. Once you get over the initial learning curve of Linux, you will begin to realize how powerful it really can become.

For the distance future I believe most people will continue to use Windows, but I think that this is slowly beginning to change. Yes you may still need to a run Windows for certain things, gaming being the biggest one I can think of. Just like many people will want MacOS for video editing, graphic design, etc.

I think the big change in the future will be many people using Linux to hold majority of there data (as it isn't being scrapped and sold to advertisers like nearly ALL of your data is on Windows or Mac) but people will become more accustom to running a virtual machine dedicated to the task they are doing. Example: I run Ubuntu as my main OS, but I use virtualization to create a Windows VM that is used strictly for Steam. This way all Microsoft sees is someone playing steam on a basic computer setup. The same for Mac, if I want to edit a video; I would just create a MacOS virtual machine, do all of my editing, export the video to my actual Linux system and upload.

This is the future I am hoping for at least..
Linux may be more flexible than Windows the OS, but what about software you can actually run on the OS? Linux will be far more limited unless it is able to emulate Windows 100% without performance loss.

A Linux future is a pipe dream. There have been plenty of Unix flavours in the past but have gained only a small market share due to applications that can be used on them and the fact that most corporations will want to stick with Windows as the safe option.
 

PGen98

Moderator
Linux may be more flexible than Windows the OS, but what about software you can actually run on the OS? Linux will be far more limited unless it is able to emulate Windows 100% without performance loss.

A Linux future is a pipe dream. There have been plenty of Unix flavours in the past but have gained only a small market share due to applications that can be used on them and the fact that most corporations will want to stick with Windows as the safe option.
Linux has plenty of software that can run perfectly fine, and most have feature parity with their Windows counterparts. Those that don't have Linux alternatives typically work with Wine or a VM, so to suggest the software game is lacking on Linux in any way is misinformed.
 
I use Windows 10. On my phone, I use Android. The problem is, if you have a VPN turned on, Google suspects you're a bot and does not let you complete the CAPTCHA thingy. That's so annoying.

When I use Google's search bar, I have to constantly disable it, then turn it back on. Even so, it can still be a nuisance.

I may just set up a different search engine now, being honest. Google also logs everything you browse.
 
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MicroNort

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Linux has plenty of software that can run perfectly fine, and most have feature parity with their Windows counterparts. Those that don't have Linux alternatives typically work with Wine or a VM, so to suggest the software game is lacking on Linux in any way is misinformed.
What would you run on the VM?
 
A Linux future is a pipe dream. There have been plenty of Unix flavours in the past but have gained only a small market share due to applications that can be used on them and the fact that most corporations will want to stick with Windows as the safe option.
A Linux future is already here! Majority of the major services that run our internet are running Linux, not Windows. Not to mention, using something like KVM to virtualize windows or even using something like a Proxmox hypervisor you will only lose 1-3% of performance. Lets just say I highly doubt joyfreak is hosted on IIS ;) What a licensing nightmare Windows is....

I have been using Linux as my home operating system for nearly 4 years now and I have only ran into the problem of certain apps not working less than a handful of times and when this happens I was crafty enough to either use Wine like PGen98 suggested, or just cloning my Windows VM template.

I believe the biggest issue in this realm is that people have just accepted that Windows 10 is the easiest thing to use, but in reality haven't even tried other options. I hope this thread will get people more eager to hop on over to Linux, because once you actually get immersed, you will laugh that you ever actually enjoyed Windows :)
 

valen

Member
Which operating system does everyone use constantly? I assume many people will choose Windows, but I am wondering why you have stuck to the operating system you are used to using? If you could improve anything to your user experience what would it be?
Usage order
1. Windows 10.
2. Android
3. AmigaOS... I do know PowerPC and some Sony fanboys can't handle when debunked their beloved CELL. CELL's SPU is not a CPU since
  • Missing pointer swap with another CPU node feature.
  • Missing supervisor and user modes i.e. even 68000 has supervision and user modes.
  • IBM claims CELL's SPU as "DSP like".
 

valen

Member
Linux has plenty of software that can run perfectly fine, and most have feature parity with their Windows counterparts. Those that don't have Linux alternatives typically work with Wine or a VM, so to suggest the software game is lacking on Linux in any way is misinformed.
We have custom business scanning+ocr software that runs with ISIS x64 drivers and it doesn't work with Lintel WINE. Parts of the software runs with WINE but problems with the driver stack.

The boat anchors for Windows
1. Certifed custom business software that runs on top baseline office software configuration.
2. We do have Linux-based servers and customer's IT skills can influence Windows or Linux server selection.
3. Legal responsibility, with MS, we can blame it on MS for software bugs. With Linux, it's our responsibility i.e. we can't blame software bugs on the open-source foundation (change it yourself reply). This issue is a major problem for PC OEMs.
4. Xbox game pass.
5. Using WINE's Windows APIs continues Microsoft's middleware ecosystem.

Microsoft has their Linux distro. Hell freezing over? Microsoft releases its own Linux for Windows | ZDNet
Remember Microsoft's Xenix....lest we forget. The original Microsoft's Borg assimilation behavior.
 
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valen

Member
Your issue seems to be more related to hardware manufacturers drivers rather than Windows 10 itself. Though I have to agree, how Windows handles updates is TERRIBLE; especially if you are coming from the Linux world.


I also must disagree with this, you can easily visualize MacOS without actual Apply Hardware (Apple frowns upon this, but it is no harder than spinning up a virtual machine of any other OS). Not to mention the Linux is by far more flexible than Windows is in terms of software. Once you get over the initial learning curve of Linux, you will begin to realize how powerful it really can become.

For the distance future I believe most people will continue to use Windows, but I think that this is slowly beginning to change. Yes you may still need to a run Windows for certain things, gaming being the biggest one I can think of. Just like many people will want MacOS for video editing, graphic design, etc.

I think the big change in the future will be many people using Linux to hold majority of there data (as it isn't being scrapped and sold to advertisers like nearly ALL of your data is on Windows or Mac) but people will become more accustom to running a virtual machine dedicated to the task they are doing. Example: I run Ubuntu as my main OS, but I use virtualization to create a Windows VM that is used strictly for Steam. This way all Microsoft sees is someone playing steam on a basic computer setup. The same for Mac, if I want to edit a video; I would just create a MacOS virtual machine, do all of my editing, export the video to my actual Linux system and upload.

This is the future I am hoping for at least..
FYI, MacOS lost hardware-accelerated raytracing when Apple kicked out NVIDIA. Hardware-accelerated raytracing is not just for Blender3D.

Hardware-accelerated raytracing was a big booster in Japanese anime and US Hollywood's CGI industry.

Unreal Engine/Unity 3D+Blender 3D+Visual Studio game development pipeline on Windows OS is very strong.

Hardware-accelerated raytracing also benefits architecture(CAD) industries.

Share of the global server market by the operating system in 2018 and 2019.

I have run Ubuntu desktop on Windows 10.
 
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