MS Windows (not Vista):
This operating system will bring you a decent amount of productivity and satisfaction on just about every level of computing.
With a glutinous amount of compatible applications you will most certainly find something there which will be just right for you.
It will also be very compatible with an array of hardware and, with the correct drivers on hand, will respond well to new hardware being installed.
The GUI is easy in some respects, dumb in others and plain ridiculous at other times.
Error messages are written in such a way that only the average “MS wizz” can know what its actually saying.
It is prone to virus, malware and spyware attacks and needs a regular de-fragmentation of the Hard Drive to keep it running at a respectable speed.
It is also prone to sudden freezes, memory dumps and blue-screens. Loss of data is not a phenomena to MS Windows’ users.
Whether you get this operating system by itself or included with the purchase of a PC, know that you are paying for it. You do not buy a PC with a free copy of Windows – the cost is simply added into the price of the PC.
Even though you pay for this operating system you will still have to install regular security patches and bug fixes which will add to your maintenance to-do list.
Conclusion: Take the bad with the good. Backing up nearly all of the time is your best friend. No matter how much you try to protect yourself against outside attacks your system will still be vulnerable. Very “loud” operating system – always in your face!
Mac OS X
This operating system is all about productivity. If you want to turn on your machine and have it “just work” then Mac OS X is the unrivalled choice.
Adding and removing programs has never been simpler.
It will perform at relatively good speeds and fluidity.
It allows the software to become the most powerful tools for Audio, Video, graphic and layout productions.
Mac OSX does not suffer from virus attacks, malware or spyware – at least none to speak of.
It is only really compatible with hardware produced by Apple and it is illegal to install it on a PC.
Apple hardware is not cheap and as such remains mostly in the hands of Apple lovers and professional productions profiles (with heaps of money).
The operating system has a very easy-to-learn GUI and is generally stable and not prone to freezing. Loss of data is uncommon among Apple users.
Maintenance of your Mac OS is pretty much non-existent — no de-fragmentation needed, no virus/spyware/malware threat.
Conclusion: If you have the money, get Mac OS on an Apple machine! It is really worth it if you are seriously into any kind of high production level for design or creation. Very Quite operating system — generally nigh to invisible. Don’t spend your time getting your operating system working on your machine — spend your time working on your machine.
This operating system is all about user-customization and flexibility.
Officially the easiest operating system to install.
Operating system comes with bundled office suite and graphic manipulation and creation applications.
It can be installed on a Apple or a PC computer.
Ubuntu can be customized to act 99% like MacOS X.
It is not prone to virus/malware/spyware attacks.
No de-fragmentation needed.
Hardware compatibility without the need for additional drivers is superb. There is hardware that will need their own drivers and this can be somewhat time consuming depending on the hardware in question and your know-how.
For those wanting to add more hardware and/or tinker with Linux, you will need to learn some basic terminal commands.
There are over 20’000 programs which are free-of-charge and free (open source) which can be easily installed or uninstalled through Ubuntu’s package manager.
Updates occur not just for the operating system but for every program you installed through the package manager, keeping both your operating system and applications up-to-date.
Many native-MS Windows applications will not run off-the-bat in Ubuntu Linux. There are however a myriad of ways to overcome this hurdle (Crossover, WINE, Virtual machines).
Ubuntu Linux is free to download and use.
Conclusion: If you want complete and free legal power over your computer and its operating system, then Ubuntu Linux is the unrivalled choice. If coming from Windows, be prepared to put aside some time in the first 2-3 weeks to get used to the GUI and general Linux environment. Linux is not Windows and is not trying to be anything like it, so don’t rush into it thinking it is “like Windows”. Get ready to learn new programs and methods for accomplishing the same tasks that you would perform on any other operating system. Realize that Ubuntu Linux is changing and evolving from a very immature and “primitive” PC operating system to a mature and readily excepted one.
PS : wrote this down in a very hurried slot of time. probably missed tons of stuff all over the place….. let me know what you think….