This is a debate that has waged since the beginning of the three major operating systems, namely
Microsoft Windows, The Mac Operating system and the many variations of Linux. For the purpose of this post I will be comparing using the latest versions, so that is Microsoft Windows 7, Mac OSX Lion and well, Linux is Linux.
Microsoft Windows is the operating system everybody should be familiar with, it’s pretty much what people grow up with and become used to, when you buy a pc, it more than likely comes with windows, you don’t get pc games, you get “games for windows”, plus the average person’s question when they see Linux on your pc is “What windows is that?”. Up until now though, I have never been happy with windows, there were always error messages and viruses and just general slowness and inefficiency. But from the moment I saw windows 7, I liked it, not only did it look good, but it performed well and I was able to use it for months without a single error, I nicknamed it Windows 1.
I first started using Linux with Ubuntu 9.10 and was immediately hooked. First of all, I love customization, and boy does Linux allow customization. The vast array of free apps was another plus and I found that I learned more about the workings of my computer in a year of using Linux than I learned in years of using Windows. Unfortunately 10.04 was a real pain to get to work with my Nvidia graphics card and I really only tried again with 11.04 with the new unity interface, things are getting a lot friendlier to normal users and I was happy with 11.04. When 11.10 came along I was so eager to try it I installed it over my 11.04,I now regret it because again the graphics drivers were and issue, I couldn’t install them because the software manager froze every time I opened it and there was no reverting back to synaptic, I suppose one day when I feel like it, I will attempt to resolve the problem using apt-get. If you are using a pc with a built-in Intel powered graphics accelerator though, It’s a good OS for the pc (provided you aren’t an avid gamer).
Last but not least comes Mac OSX. My experience with the OS is very limited because I don’t and never have owned a Mac, however I do run an OSX Virtual Box and will play with a Mac every chance I get. Strangely I like it, even though there is not much in the way of customization, it’s awesome to work with and I like its Linuxy feel. It is also fast, very fast ,and that’s because its designed for only a few types of hardware so it’s not bogged down with drivers ,it will still have minor errors but it’s generally a smooth experience the entire time.
So ,the moment you have been waiting for, the final verdict, what is the best? Well after much thought I have found that a man named Erwin Schrödinger already found the solution ,well sort of, because they are all the best ,and they are all not the best . You see ,the answer is only really determined by yourself, because each person is an individual and we all have our own likes and dislikes , so it doesn’t matter which one is the best, it matters which one is best for you, they all have their merits ,and keep in mind that competition drives innovation. As a tech-nerd I could use all three without an issue and will keep the Schrödinger’s cat point of view.