Linux, Macintosh, Windows...which one do you need? This article attempts to explain the basic differences, advantages, and disadvantages of each operating system.
If you’re about to get a new computer, or you’re updating your old one, a very important question to ask yourself is, “What operating system should I use?” A second important question might be, “What’s an operating system?” and a third would be, “What’s a computer?”
If you asked the third question, I’m puzzled as to exactly how you’re reading this. As for the other two, it’s pretty simple. An operating system is basically software that allows a computer to carry out basic functions, most importantly, to execute programs. Without an operating system, your computer would be a very expensive doorstop. So, which one is right for you? The easiest way to choose an operating system is to cut out pieces of paper with the names of your choices, put them into a hat, drink heavily for about three hours, and choose one. However, this isn’t the wisest way to make your decision, due to the fact that in most major cities it’s difficult to find a suitable hat. Therefore, before choosing an operating system, it’s important to find out basic information about your major choices and make a thoughtful, educated, sober decision.
There are three major operating systems, Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. Even tech-heads disagree over which operating system is best, so here’s a basic rundown of each system.