Windows vs Linux vs Mac OS X
Let’s start with the most popular: Windows
With almost 90% of the operating system market share, you can’t miss Windows. It’s in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, as well as home computers.
Windows, having been introduced in 1985, is a very mature and complete piece of software. Yet, it has it’s flaws…
Compatibility: Almost every application, driver or game will work on Windows.
Technical support: Having so many users, you can always find someone (either online or offline) who can help you with Windows.
Huge quantity of function: When you get to know Windows well, you’ll find out that there are so many functions that you can do almost anything quite easily.
Viruses: You may need to buy an antivirus program, although free ones exist.
Slow: Windows, especially Vista and 7, requires a lot of computer resources (memory, processor, disk space), and thus, runs slower.
Price: It easily costs over a hundred dollars.
Reliability: Macs only run on Apple computers, and are thus less prone to hardware and software crashing.
Looks: Let’s face it, most of the time, Mac just looks better than Windows.
Expensive: Mac costs even more than Windows.
Price: Linux is F-R-E-E. You can download it, install it, use it, modify it… All for a whooping 0$.
Variety: Linux is not a full operating system. It is just a kernel. To use the kernel, additional software needs to be bundled with Linux. Several hundreds of these bundles (called “distributions” or simply “distros”) exist. The most popular ones include Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora. The good thing is, with so many different flavours of Linux, there is always one to suit your needs!
Viruses: Although being more vulnerable to viruses than Mac (because it is open source), Linux still has very, very, very few viruses.
Complicated: Although some distros are quite easy to use, most of them will required a good deal of computer knowledge in order to get them to work.
Compatibility: Like Mac, representing only a few percents of the market share, Linux does not have as many programs and games as Windows.
Vendors: You won’t find a lot of vendors selling Linux computers. Usually, you’ll just end up having to buy Windows computer, reformatting the hard drive, and installing Linux yourself.
In conclusion, no operating system is really better, the choice is up to you. If you’re a gamer, then you have no choice, go for Windows. Programmers might prefer Linux and video/graphics producers will probably tend towards Mac. The best thing to do is probably to try each OS and see which is best for you!