What is your OS -- windows, mac, linux?

Discussion in 'General Computing' started by Jeff, Oct 22, 2006.


What OS are you running on your primary machine?

  1. Windows

    91 vote(s)
  2. Mac

    33 vote(s)
  3. Linux

    34 vote(s)
  4. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. djwkd
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    Oh, awesome! Will give that a try sometime.
  2. Tantalus
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    Apple iPad.....
  3. HardWare
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    HardWare New Member

    I use Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Debian.

    I also play around with Haiku and Minix.
  4. Vulkyn
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  5. SheetWise
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    SheetWise All Beach -- No Water.

    Windows Vista, like Millennium, should have been named "Doors" -- but Seven seems to be pretty stable.
  6. naupigos_gr
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    naupigos_gr Junior Member

    Mac OSX ( iMac and Macbook white )
    Planning to sell little macbook, to buy Macbook pro in order to take it with me for my MSc studies !

    Both Macbook white and iMac have Windows XP SP2 Partition.
    I boosted their perfomance by adding 4 Gb.
    You can" run" everything just like a Windows PC.
    Autoship- Autocad - Rhinoceros with marine plug in etc . ;)
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  7. troy2000
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    I have a Toshiba Satellite that came with Vista, and I play World of Warcraft online. The lag time was getting so horrendous in busy areas such as Dalaran that the game was basically unplayable for me during peak usage times. So I stopped by a Staples to buy more RAM one day, and the store's computer tech asked me what system I was using.

    When I told him I was using Vista he said, "you don't need more RAM; you need an operating system that doesn't eat up the RAM you already have. You need to get rid of Vista, and upgrade to Windows 7." I took his advice, and it was like getting a brand-new computer.
  8. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Very true, Troy. Win7 is, from a technical standpoint, only a service pack to Vista (it's actually version 6.1) but the tweaks, optimizations and bug fixes add up to a much, much better behaved system.
  9. Vulkyn
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    Vulkyn Senior Member

    I lost faith in windows a long time ago, but windows 7 is a huge step in the right direction still not enough imo but much much better than vista.
  10. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member

    The problem that Win 7 has is that it isn't really good enough to challenge a modern Linux Distro with KDE4. It comes in a close second (most of the time), but the price is not in it's favour. If MS want to coax me back, then for the licence cost they have to provide something that is a lot better than I can get for FREE.

    For those of us who lost faith somewhere around Windows 3.1, but didn't have a really usable alternative until a few years back, Win 7 had to do something massively better than KDE4 now presents. Frankly, it hasn't.

    I run a number of high-end workstations, one with Win 7, the others with WinXP which all dual boot into SLED11 (diskless under SLES, using the same root file system, shared via NFS). Win XP/7 is consistently slower when we start doing analysis work. That makes you ask, if we can keep some adequate XP resource (CAD/Reporting etc.), why not go Linux on the workstations?

    Tim B.
  11. wet feet
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    wet feet Senior Member

    I have to endorse Tim's comments.I recently had my old faithful laptop die and bought a new Dell which came loaded with Windows 7 and an amount of other garbage.19Gb of software and it was less quick than loading an entire operating system and a lot of applications on a live Linux CD from a cold boot.I thought it would be quicker to boot from a Linux installation and loaded Ubuntu,with which I am now posting.Why would I want an operating system that seems to have been implemented primarily to preserve the status of the supplier,when I can have a more than competent alternative at zero cost?
  12. yipster
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    first time i hear of Linux Distro with KDE4 and dont know if it run win cad
    using my android (linux?) smartphone more and more to internet tho
  13. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member


    There are a few 2D cad packages around that have a Linux port. Unfortunately, few 3D CAD packages have made it so far. I will probably do more CAD when (or if) McNeel port Rhino to Linux.

    Tim B.
  14. cthippo
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    cthippo Senior Member

    Win XPpro64 at the moment, but I need to re-install AGAIN due to a recurrent I/O issue so I suspect I will be dual-booting at a minimum next time around. I have used linux as my primary OS in the past and just sort of got away from it. I think I was still gaming at the time which might have been why.

  15. Raggi_Thor
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    As a reseller I must mention Bricscad for Linux.
    Bricsys has now made a Pro version for Linux, but some of the 3D solid modelling tools are missing, also the rendering..
    They have ACIS modelling, but not parametric (X-Solids).
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