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What's your operating system of choice?

Asked by ncanderson42 (71points) December 18th, 2008
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Be specific! If some form of Linux, what distro, if Windows, what version. And if OS X well…

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ncanderson42's avatar

Right now I’m using Crunchbang Linux, a branch of Ubuntu that uses Openbox. But I switch every couple of weeks.

RandomMrdan's avatar

Leopard. I’ve been using it for over a year now…I’ve used all versions of windows from windows 3.1 and up, I’ve used Open Source Suse, but I think all fall short of Leopard.

Magnus's avatar

Mac OS X 10.5.x

forestGeek's avatar

Mac OS X 10.4

dynamicduo's avatar

I’m running Windows XP right now. By necessity, not choice. Previously I was in university in a multimedia program, where many programs only existed on Windows, so I had no choice in the matter. Now that I’m working, I am programming using Microsoft’s ASP.NET 2.0 in Visual Studio, so as far as I can tell my only other option is to use a Mac. Which would require I spend money on buying it to replace this nice Thinkpad I am given to use. Not only do I not have money to spend on a Mac (though if I was given no-strings-attached cash I sure would buy one), but I don’t really have that great of a desire to change to it professionally.

For personal use, I could just as well use a Linux distro, but it would require a lot of time and dedication towards learning and setting it up on my gear, and to be honest I really have no desire to go through with this. So I’ll stay on Windows XP (I might consider upgrading to Windows 7 but not if they kill all the promised features like they did with Vista) unless Microsoft decides to no longer support XP, which I don’t see coming based on the worldwide usage rates.

battlemarz's avatar

Windows Server 2008 :)

I also have machines running several versions of linux (Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and some others) and some nlited XP installs.

jrpowell's avatar

I spend 95% percent of my time in OS X (10.5.6). And the rest split between Windows XP or Ubuntu.

But I do all of it on the same computer

RandomMrdan's avatar

@john I think you need a bigger display =)

ncanderson42's avatar

@battlemarz If you had to pick, what do you think your favorite would be?

@johnpowell That’s a nice setup. I’d do the same with windows in linux, but I only have a 20 gig hard drive sigh

RandomMrdan's avatar

I do run Windows XP with VMware on my mac as well. 17in imac, and a 22in samsung.

battlemarz's avatar

@ncanderson42, favorite at the moment would be Windows Server 2008. I have configured it to look just like vista without the bloat. I’m an avid PC gamer so I couldn’t survive on linux day to day, although i do enjoy messing around with it and using it for general tasks.

ncanderson42's avatar

@battlemarz Wine! A lot of games work, it does take some time to get things set up, but that’s half the fun.

battlemarz's avatar

@ncanderson42, Games may work but performance would most defiantly suffer. And it would be easier to just VM a linux distro that I wanted to use.

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RandomMrdan's avatar

I think windows ME would be a close second for me though. (queue laughter)

robmandu's avatar

AIX 5.3 and Solaris 10 for enterprise work.

Mac OS X 10.5 for home.

And I’m stuck on Win XP SP3 for office desktop. But I am getting a second monitor shipped finally for that.

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eambos's avatar

Windows Vista, dual booted with Ubuntu for some fun.

When you have a computer good enough to run Vista, it’s amazing. I can’t wait till windows 7 comes out and i have more new features to use! I can write reports, make music and game, all without having to switch OS. It looks great and isn’t made by a company i despise!

Ubuntu, on the other hand, is mostly just for me to mess around in. I like customizing the desktop, playing with compiz and surfing the web while running it. When I don’t plan on gaming or making music, I’ll boot into Intrepid Ibex.

asmonet's avatar

Don’t kill me, but Vista Home Premium.

It came on this pc when I bought it and I’m too lazy to change it. That’s the only reason.

damien's avatar

OS X 10.5

tinyvamp's avatar

right now i’m running vista home premium but i want to get my hands on a copy of windows xp !

justn's avatar

My OS of choice is OS X 10.5.x

joeysefika's avatar

Haha Mrdan, Windows ME. Worst. OS. Ever! I’m running 10.5.x, Windows XP, gOS Linux and Ubuntu Linux.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ubuntu and XP.

dude dont knock ME it was like awesomes LOL

eambos's avatar

SSDs run faster on ME than any other OS

robmandu's avatar

Solid State Drives run faster on Microsoft Windows ME® than any other OS???


eambos's avatar

Yeah, I know… Patriot came out with new SSDs and said they ran faster in ME than anything else.

ncanderson42's avatar

Well, I switched to Fedora with KDE 4 as the window manager…not liking it so far. But we’ll see!

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sks485's avatar

FreeBSD or Mac OS. They are one of the same

jdogg's avatar

Windows 7 beta and Ubuntu…Microsoft is making a comeback watchout Linux…

arturodiaz's avatar

Mac OS X for daily use and Debian Lenny for my home server and guests :)

Robles's avatar

I am used Linux OS.This is very best for me…

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Robles which distro?

eambos's avatar

Install Gentoo

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

OS X 10.5.x and iPhone 3.0.1

I have to admit I was a little miffed that Apple did not include instructions as to how I can recieve my snow leopard with purchase.

the100thmonkey's avatar

WinXP Pro-32 and Win7 Ultimate on my home desktop.
Fedora 11 on my Large laptop.
Ubuntu Netbook remix on my Acer Aspire One A-110-L

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

@wilhel1812: I typoed, We’re at 10.5.8, thanks!

jdogg's avatar

I’d like to add, to my list snow leaopard, I’m getting a macbook pro as soon as someone hires me (grr economy and small town who doesn’t hire teens”!

reijinni's avatar

Using Mageia, prefer a Debian distro. Only using Mageia because it plays nice with my sound system.

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