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What OS do you use, and why?

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  • OpenBSD on one of my servers because of its built-in httpd+slowcgi+acme-client combination which is just fine for one of the web services I developed and deployed there.
  • OmniOS on one of my servers because I was curious about it (and I still am).
  • FreeBSD on my other servers because it was an acceptable replacement for the horribly broken Debian software when I started having servers - and I got used to it, eventually.
  • Windows 10 on my main development/mail/web/music laptop because I have been using Windows for more than two decades now and I
    • know it very well by now,
    • like most of it,
    • know exactly which software is the best choice for which task,
    • use some software which has no good replacement on non-Windows systems (unless I own a Mac one day),
    • have some Windows-only software in my development projects.
  • Gentoo Linux on my travel/conference laptop because the hardware is too weak for Windows 10 and its WiFi driver is Windows-and-Linux-only, but I really can't stand distributions which try to assume what I need. They're always wrong.
  • NetBSD (broken) and 9front (mostly working) on said Gentoo Linux laptop's predecessor. Just for the lolz.
  • iOS because it sucks less than open source smartphone systems.

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Laptop

Slackware Linux.  VMs setup with CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu in order to test or remain familiarized.  My laptop is my productivity machine.  I come from a sysadmin background (now a DevOps engineer) and only use the GUI as a last resort.  This machine is used for anything between programming to photo editing.

 

HTPC

Windows 10 Pro.  Not necessary to use this OS, simply setup this way for familiarity since my gf also uses it.  But I am considering a Linux distro installation in the near future.

 

Gaming PC

Windows 10 Pro.  Unfortunate, but gaming requires it still.

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Personally right now I use Windows 10 Home on my primary system. Recently, though I have been looking at Linux distros. Right now I am dual booting Pop!_OS, but It functions more in line with MacOS, so I'm looking at Manjaro. 

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I run Windows 10 Pro on all my devices. I have one laptop with Linux Ubuntu on it. I use Windows mainly because I am the most familiar with it, it's versatile, easy to use, and compatible with literally every PC game under the sun, well, almost I think. As for Linux, I only have it installed simply to mess around with it. I have seen no practical use to switch over to Linux because I don't see any added value. I might use it when I start programming? But I'm not sure, as I have 0 knowledge on programming so I don't know what the best OS is, programs, language, and so on. Then coming to iOS, I never used it as I never had the money to buy Apple stuff, but I have worked on an MacBook a bit when helping a friend, and it was hell to find anything there for me. So I can only say that I hate it, but a one time experience isn't a valid argument in my opinion. Besides, I might save up for an iMac Pro for creative purposes, I'm not sure yet. 

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I've been using Windows since Windows 3.1 days, and I've no plans to abandon Windows anytime soon. Currently, I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate and planning to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro in the near future.

 

Personally, I find it surprising that people find Linux platform not only adequate but actually use it as a daily driver because for me, the lack of softwares or 'apps' is a big hindrance. 

 

First the softwares. You can't even run Microsoft Office Suite on Linux the last time I checked, or at least not 'officially'. Unofficial ways exist but most of them make extensive use of virtualization which just isn't my cup of tea.

 

Then there are games, of course. There aren't that many games which run natively on Linux. Sure there are ways to make Windows games work but I don't like having to write strings of code or whatever, just to make a game work on my machine. I just want to install and play right away. 

 

Driver support, or the complete lack of it, is another hindrance I'm unwilling to abide with. Drivers don't really exist on Linux, or at least so I've heard! All you've are workarounds. Some work, some don't, it's a gamble! Even setting-up something as minor as a wifi receiver or perhaps a Bluetooth dongle is a NIGHTMARE on Linux! Whereas on Windows, it's all plug and play.

 

Do I need to say more?

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I use ChromeOS because i have to(school), OSX, GalliumOS(linux), ubuntu

 

i use OSX both at school and at home, for school it's because i have to, but i use it at home but dual boot ubuntu on my family's mac mini and macbook air

 

GalliumOS because i needed an OS on my Chromebox that was loosing support, and galliumOS is optimised for chromebook/chromebox hardware

 

ubuntu when OSX is killing me


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I use Windows 7 and 10. Windows 7 is better, less glitchy, less ram use, easier to change, slightly faster.  

 

But a few games don't work on 7 even if they are supposed to so I use 10 too.  

 

Although I modified 10 and stripped out all the spying features and tricked it to not update until 2100 :).  I'm sure they will be a Windows 11 although they deny it and hopefully it's better than 10. Operating systems suck these days.

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I just tried to get Steam Remote Play to work under Linux. At first, it'd always just show me the desktop with some Steam-window minimized to the taskbar and no way of bringing that window up. Turns out, I have to run Steam with the environment-variable SDL_VIDEO_MINIMIZE_ON_FOCUS_LOSS set to 0 for big screen - mode to work right. Alas, even with that, Steam apparently doesn't have focus, so it's still not working!

 

Under Windows, it all worked on the first try, and shit like this is why I use Windows on the desktop and not Linux.


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Private/Research use: Mac

Music Production: Mac

Gaming: Win

My Server: Debian

 

SOOOO everything. I really hate Windows but have to use it for Gaming :D 


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19 minutes ago, Dat Guy said:

How are three different systems even remotely close to "everything"?

Everything popular I should have written 

and Davin, Linux, Windows makes up for MUCH of the OSes

sooooo


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Soooooooo you'll have a lot to learn.
 

Do not assume that the world bases its understanding of popularity on your knowledge.


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18 minutes ago, Dat Guy said:

Soooooooo you'll have a lot to learn.
 

Do not assume that the world bases its understanding of popularity on your knowledge.

SoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo you have to learn to be polite.

 

Actually and sadly it often does! Sure there are much more OSes. I know that, but for home use be it mobile or PC, those are the tree things on wich most of whats  used is based. 


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3 minutes ago, Dat Guy said:

On the PC, Linux is far from being a common OS. It is a niche. And Debian is a niche in that niche.

talking about pc+mobile here. Therefore linux is verry much used-> Android. On PC Linux is a niche, sure. But I think for most home/business users Debian is the most used. U,Lu,Ku...buntu,mint,etc.


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2 minutes ago, Metallus97 said:

talking about pc+mobile here.

Yup. On the PC, everything non-Windows is a niche. (Assuming we agree that Macs are not PCs.) On mobile, hmm...

Android is a large part of the smartphone ecosystem, but it is debateable whether it counts as "a Linux", given that is is basically a combination of the NetBSD userland and the Java Virtual Machine, coupled with a kernel that was based on Linux.


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23 minutes ago, Dat Guy said:

Yup. On the PC, everything non-Windows is a niche. (Assuming we agree that Macs are not PCs.) On mobile, hmm...

Android is a large part of the smartphone ecosystem, but it is debateable whether it counts as "a Linux", given that is is basically a combination of the NetBSD userland and the Java Virtual Machine, coupled with a kernel that was based on Linux.

Idd count the Mac as a PC even if  doesn't want me to. I mean its a "Personal Computer" not the sort of barand PC.

Android: Yeh we can have a huge debate now, but lets say its similar enough and based on the same stuff. 

Oh and a big factor is smart devices, TVs, Printer etc. MANNY are based on some sort of Linux. There we have even more Linux in the common peeps life.


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I use Windows 10 for my home PC, because I use it mostly for gaming.  I'm using Linux Mint on my laptop I use at work.  I'm doing this to try Linux (I've used Ubuntu, Manjaro, and Mint so far).  If Microsoft ever switches to a subscription only service for Windows OS, then I will switch to Linux totally.  I have done gaming with my work laptop and Linux was been working pretty well for me there.

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Servers: Ubuntu Server, FreeBSD
I use FreeBSD for file servers since ZFS is a built in option.
Ubuntu is just easy to get up and running quickly.

Main Workstation for work and gaming: Arch + KDE
I use Arch because I like having a clean, minimal system.

Family's PCs: Pop!_OS
My wife and kids use Pop because it's easy enough for 10 year olds and non-tech minded people to figure out. It just works and that's what they need.

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I use Ubuntu Linux for it is stable and has everything I need. Pop!_OS is my 2nd-ary and Zorin and Feren are 3rd and 4th respectively

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