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View Poll Results: What OS runs on your PCs (both home and work)? (select all that apply)
Microsoft Windows 33 76.74%
Apple OS X 13 30.23%
Linux (Ubuntu or some other Linux distro) 17 39.53%
other (please specify) 3 6.98%
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Old 29.08.2012, 09:28
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What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Just out of curiosity I would like to find out what operating system you all use on your desktop/laptop PCs (both home and work).

Basically I'm particularly interested in knowing how many people (percentage-wise) use Apple OS X and/or some form of Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, Mageia or others).


If you use OS X or Linux please also briefly add a reply explaining why you chose to use these.


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Old 29.08.2012, 11:38
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

I guess the lack of replies/votes means you all don't use a PC anymore and instead all post on EF from your iPhones/iPads?
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Old 29.08.2012, 11:41
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Windows 7 at work
Windows 8 at home
OS X will be retired by Christmas
No more linux for now
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

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I guess the lack of replies/votes means you all don't use a PC anymore and instead all post on EF from your iPhones/iPads?
some people are at work and can't read your post....

I've got Windows 7 and I use Os X in a virtual machine as I use Os X at work.
(and also to read MRI pictures with a software that's only on Os X)

used to have also ubuntu as a second bootable os, but needed some rooms on my hard drive so I finally deleted it.
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Old 29.08.2012, 11:51
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

OS X at home, as it's "low maintenance", but with W7 in VM's in case they're ever needed. This is important if you work with MS OS'es all day at work.

1 supposed gaming rig on W7, but is almost exclusively used to run the Tacx Fortuis instead. If Tacx ever bring out an OSX version, even that'll get retired.

Why? Maintaining a windows machine that is not used daily is a pain - anytime I want an impulsive spin on the Fortuis, I actually have to muck around for 10 minutes first, doing:

- the system updates (and sometimes reboots)
- the AV updates
- the AV quick scan to run
- the adobe flash update to run
- and all of that before any of the Fortuis updates are done.

Most of the time I just give up and go watch tellie instead...
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Old 29.08.2012, 12:16
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Ubuntu on my home and office servers (and also the main servers at work).

Ubuntu on my netbook (as the MeeGo that came with it was crap).

XP or Vista on my main work computers, wife's laptop, and daughters' desktops.

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Old 29.08.2012, 12:21
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Originally started with CentOS as I had to manage a server and wanted to use the same system to get familiar with it. Then I switched both Server and Desktop to Debian and have used it ever since.

It has great features, and is very robust/reliable. You can have boot drives on RAID1 array for high availability (previously only available for server versions of windows) and is very easy to upgrade since you can just pull the drives from a system and plug them into a new system.

Configuration is also very portable. I've kept my desktop environment and all settings now for over 7 years through numerous OS and hardware upgrades.

However, with the demise of Gnome2 and the improvements in Ubuntu, I might look to switch to Xubuntu in the near future.
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

I use OPENSTEP4.2 (and NeXTSTEP 3.3 but that doesn't have a browser with javascript). Satisfied?
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Old 29.08.2012, 12:41
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

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I use OPENSTEP4.2 (and NeXTSTEP 3.3 but that doesn't have a browser with javascript). Satisfied?
Seriously? Isn't that 15 years old or so? On what hardware do you use it?


I'm surprised there are so many Linux users here, I would have thought given that this forum is not a techie forum that Linux would be far less common (I use Linux myself too). Or are the Windows users too busy rebooting their PC to see this thread?
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Old 29.08.2012, 12:49
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

both work and at home:
-Windows 7 (WinXP on VM)
- Linux (ubuntu and xubuntu)
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Old 29.08.2012, 12:53
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

OSX at home, ever since the first imacs came out, windows at work. Mostly use OSX as I don't want to spend my evenings being reminded of work and got sick of tinkering. Also, OSX handles media extremely well, along with it's associated equipment, I use it for DJing, and now video work.

As I start to develop my own stuff, I've found I'm tinkering more with the inner workings of things, but find it all very manageable in OSX.
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Old 29.08.2012, 13:02
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

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Seriously? Isn't that 15 years old or so? On what hardware do you use it?


I'm surprised there are so many Linux users here, I would have thought given that this forum is not a techie forum that Linux would be far less common (I use Linux myself too). Or are the Windows users too busy rebooting their PC to see this thread?
it's a forum on the internet where there are lots of IT people working. selection bias.
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

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Seriously? Isn't that 15 years old or so? On what hardware do you use it?


I'm surprised there are so many Linux users here, I would have thought given that this forum is not a techie forum that Linux would be far less common (I use Linux myself too). Or are the Windows users too busy rebooting their PC to see this thread?
yeah it's 15 years old, on a NeXT Cube 040 with 2bit colour (that's 1992 vintage). But I use a host of other OSes too, although not much into Redmond software.
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Old 29.08.2012, 13:15
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Windows 7 on one laptop
Windows 7 and Ubuntu on another - for Java programming on more than one platform
Windows XP on two other laptops
Windows 7 on my desktop
Windows XP on another desktop
Windows 2000 Server on my server
Linux on my Raspberry Pi - raspbian Wheezy.
Linux (ubuntu) on another laptop - couldn't be bothered to by another windows license and didn't have a spare one at the time.

I don't have any Apple hardware, as I don't want to get locked into proprietry hardware.
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

OSX Mountain Lion for me. I will never go back to windows after switching to mac.
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Windows 7 on my main work computer - use it to make formatting of word documents and powerpoint files easier when I have to share said documents with colleagues also using the office suite.

Linux Kubuntu on my netbook - used for any other practical purpose, do quite a lot of script writing and programming, analysing data, converting video formats etc.
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Windows 7 on my main work computer - use it to make formatting of word documents and powerpoint files easier when I have to share said documents with colleagues also using the office suite.

Linux Kubuntu on my netbook - used for any other practical purpose, do quite a lot of script writing and programming, analysing data, converting video formats etc.
another option is to have MS Office running on Linux through WINE or similar...
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Old 29.08.2012, 14:26
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I don't have any Apple hardware, as I don't want to get locked into proprietry hardware.
Ok, I wasn't gonna go there, but where's the lock in here? Proprietary hardware - like the Intel CPU, GPU's, MB's, the USB ports, the SD ports and so on...?

The only 'proprietary' hardware in Apple Kit is the Thunderbolt, but that's freely (ok, it's not "free") licenceable Intel tech anyway. Apple are merely the first to deploy it, while everyone else adopts a "wait and see" approach.

(http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/...developer.html)

What I think you mean is, you're locked into OSX. Which you're not - Bootcamp lets you run practically any x86/64 OS (although Apple only provides official drivers for Windows).
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Old 29.08.2012, 14:27
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

Hardcore...
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Re: What runs on your PCs? (Windows, Apple OS X, Linux)

For the most part, I agree. For the "consumer" kit - which - let's be honest - joe punter won't open up regardless of the vendor. So it's no great lock in.

Then I look at my Mac Pro with my custom ATI video card (factory overclocked PC card flashed with Apple BIOS), faster Crucial RAM, replacement drive(s) and upgraded xeon quad cores.

Apple do let you tinker, but you don't half pay a high price for entry (mac pro's can easily cost 2x an equivilent PC box)...
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