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The Battle of the Operating Systems:

The Battle of the Operating Systems By Pete [email protected]

A Brief History:

A Brief History What is an Operating System (OS)? - Long list of code - Management of activities - Host for Computer applications - For almost all devices ex.) cell phones, portable media players, video game consoles, even washing machines) Bill Gates development ALTAIR 8800


Criteria 1. Cost 2. Ease of Use 3. Compatibility 4. Features 5. Stability, Security, Support 6. Availability 7. System Requirements


Procedure Installed three of the five operating systems in Virtual Box For Mac OS X, left on a Mac Tested criteria 2, 3, 4, and 5 Tests included: Hardware installations (printers etc.) Software installations (Microsoft Office, etc.) Going through the O.S.’s main features Attempting to personalize to my unique tastes



My Custom Computer:

My Custom Computer

Windows XP:

Windows XP Worlds most widely used Operating System First launched October 25, 2001 Over 8 years old Developed by Bill Gates Considered by many as the best O.S.

Windows Vista:

Windows Vista Launched January 29 th 2007 Got a very bad reputation for Microsoft’s decision Very low user ratings

Windows 7:

Windows 7 Window’s newest release launched October 22 2009 Promised to patch some of the problems with Vista Bill Gates has since stepped down as CEO replaced by Steve Ballmer

Mac OS X:

Mac OS X The newest Operating System for Apple PC’s Developed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs CEO of Apple April 1 st 1976 Major downfalls include proprietary software Common myth: best for graphic design / artists Can only legally be installed on very, very expensive Apple computers

Ubuntu Linux:

Ubuntu Linux The most widely used Linux open source (free) distribution available What is open source? Mozilla Firefox What Ubuntu can do…


Cost Ubuntu Linux FREE (they will even send you a copy in the mail) Windows 7 Home Edition retail 199.99 Windows XP Home Edition retail 229.99 Windows Vista Home Edition 239.99 Mac OS X 299.99 Results: Winner: Ubuntu Linux because it’s free 5 pts. Windows 7 4 pts. Windows XP 3 pts. Windows Vista 2 pts. Mac OS X 1 pt. Winner?

Ease of Use:

Ease of Use Operating System Ease of Use pts. Windows XP 3 Windows Vista 4 Mac OSX 2 Ubuntu Linux 1 Windows 7 5 In order to test which O.S. was easiest to use, I used all of the operating systems for 45 minutes performing various tasks. Winner?


Compatibility Operating System Compatibility pts. Windows XP 2 Windows Vista 4 Mac OSX 1 Ubuntu Linux 3 Windows 7 5 “Which one gave me the most trouble?” Windows XP lost points because it is not as compatible with more recent hardware Windows Vista was not compatible with some older games Windows 7 took the lead because of the “XP” compatibility mode, the best of both worlds Mac OS X needed its own proprietary software for everything, big disappointment Winner?


Features Operating System Personalization pts. Windows XP 1 Windows Vista 3 Mac OSX 2 Ubuntu Linux 4 Windows 7 5 Windows 7 easily took the cake with its new advancements such as The window shake Side by side windows Taskbar Ubuntu got 4 pts. because of it’s essentially endless features. If you know how to write the code, it is completely customizable. Winner?

Stability, Security, Support:

Stability, Security, Support Operating System Personalization pts. Windows XP 1 Windows Vista 2 Mac OSX 5 Ubuntu Linux 4 Windows 7 3 Computers are very complicated machines, and there is a lot that can go wrong. Apple has consistently been rated number one in consumer satisfaction, and Apple Care is rated by many to be the best tech support in existence Ubuntu also has a very strong following on the internet, and there are tons of people more than happy to help you with any ailments on its forums. The Windows O.S. are notorious for crashing, and getting help when this happens is more than lackluster. They are so prevalent, however, it does not make it impossible. Winner?


Availability Operating System Availability pts. Windows XP 2 Windows Vista 4 Mac OSX 1 Ubuntu Linux 3 Windows 7 5 Older operating systems are harder to find Ubuntu lost points because not a lot of people know about it Mac OS X lost points because it was very difficult to find a copy that can be purchased even when I went to Apple’s website If you cannot even get your hands on a copy of the O.S., it is pretty much useless Winner?

Recommended Settings:

Recommended Settings Operating System Ram Hard Drive Processor Windows XP 128 MB 1.5 GB 300 MHz Windows Vista 1 GB 15 GB 1 GHz Mac OSX 1 GB 5 GB 1.2 GHz Ubuntu Linux 256 MB 3 GB 700 MHz Windows 7 1 GB 16 GB 1 GHz Results: Winner: Windows XP 5 pts. Ubuntu Linux 4 pts. Mac OS X 3 pts. Windows Vista 2 pts. Windows 7 1 pt. Winner? The system requirements refers to the speed and storage each O.S. is required just to install The recommended requirements are what your need in order for the o.s . to run well Recommended


Results Operating System Score Windows 7 28 Ubuntu Linux 24 Windows Vista 21 Windows XP 17 Mac OS X 15 O.S. Cost Ease Of Use Compatibility Features/ Look S, S, S Availability System Requirements Totals Windows 7 4 5 5 5 3 5 1 28 Windows Vista 2 4 4 3 2 4 2 21 Windows XP 3 3 2 1 1 2 5 17 Mac OS X 1 2 1 2 5 1 3 15 Ubuntu Linux 5 1 3 4 4 3 4 24

And the Winner is…:

And the Winner is… When picking an operating system, you need to think of your individual needs Everyone is looking for something different in their computing experience For myself and the seven things that I found to be most important in an operating system I found the Windows 7 met all my needs