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QueenOfCalifornia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:19 PM
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Windows Vista - Vs - Mac OSX

Convince me which one is better.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:20 PM
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1. how about Ubuntu? It's free...
n/t
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:20 PM
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2. Neither......Ubuntu.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:26 PM
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3. My Vista box locked up solid when I booted it this morning, no mouse, no KB, nothin'
'nuff said.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:27 PM
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4. FreeBSD - even better than Linux.
If you want a real answer, the better question is "what are you going to do with your PC? i.e. What applications do you want?" After you answer that, then you can start evaluating the platform/OS.
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stahbrett Donating Member (855 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:30 PM
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5. Commodore 128
- zero viruses!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:38 PM
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10. There were lots of commodore viruses on BBSes back in the day.
But I don't think they were really called viruses back then. They usually just erased your floppy disk.

Now my Vic20 was truly virus free, but that was only because I didn't have a modem until I got my C=64.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:34 PM
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6. XP Pro x64
"The Broken OS" is never, ever touching any of my equipment.
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:34 PM
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7. No. This does not belong in GD, possibly not even on DU
I suggest trying the lounge or one of the individual topic groups. Better yet, try a website devoted to computing savvy. The responses you will get here will be worse than useless, judging on past form - 50% anecdotal and thus meaningles reports without any context, 10% unhelpful geekery, 20% railing against giving money to Evil Corporations (Microsoft or Apple or possibly both) and 20% sob stories from people who can't afford a new computer and want to complain about/rationalize their 1997 model.
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Feron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:36 PM
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8. It depends on your computing needs.
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 05:37 PM by Feron
Either one is a satisfactory choice if all you do is e-mail, surf the web, and perform basic media tasks such as watching movies. Linux also does these things well.

Other than that it depends on what you do. Windows, for example, is the best operating system for gamers.

The best operating system is the one that works best for you. My advice is to read up on both and if possible try both. Basically if you don't need an operating system for something other than basic tasks, then it really boils down to personal preference.

Operating system wars are like browser wars. Everyone has an opinion of which one is the best one and every piece of software has flaws.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:41 PM
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12. And that is the best response
hubby has a vista box for gaming... and wishes Mac made more games

I use my mac at home most of the time, since it sucks far less time in IT

And a netbook that runs linux (which was a nightmare to get it where I am happy with setup)

But you are right, for word processing, email and other basic tasks, personal choice
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:36 PM
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9. Vista isn't even in the running
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 05:37 PM by Phred42
I still use WP pro

and I have an unused copy of XP for my next machine waiting
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Sultana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:39 PM
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11. MAC OSX
that's all :7
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:09 PM
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13. Another Ubuntu vote here
There are several flavors of Ubuntu..

http://ubuntuindex.com/website/ubuntu-flavors /

I've used both Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu Ultimate Edition both are great.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:10 PM
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18. The best flavor of Ubuntu is Mint
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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:54 PM
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14. Best- Mac OSX with Windows XP and any flavor of Linux running with VMWare.
Best of all worlds.

Unless you are a real computer "geek" stay away from linux as your main OS for now.

On an Intel Mac you can run Vista, XP, Linux, etc, etc.. with VMWare, all at the same time.
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:56 PM
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16. Bingo. Fusion is tha shit.
keep a nice clean os10 image and a xp image when you need it.

Very handy indeed. You will pay for the mac machine. mac book pro of some size. or whatever their desktop stuff is.
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TriMetFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:24 PM
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19. Well said.
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RedCappedBandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:55 PM
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15. I'd use XP
I hate vista and I sure as hell will not be buying another mac for a long time.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:57 PM
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17. 64-bit Vista user here. And more importantly, why?
Definitely more stable than 64-bit XP.

Adobe makes 64-bit Photoshop for Windows (no peep at a Mac version yet.)

Macs aren't immune to virii.

Macs use the same hardware.

Heck, there's so much open source in a Mac that you may as well download SUSE or Ubuntu and install that instead; save the thousands of dollars in cost.

In the end, a computer is a tool - not a religion. What do you need a computer for? Answering that would be the first step to take.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 04:29 AM
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24. "Macs use the same hardware" Nope...
When Apple decide to break away from the old Cyrix hardware, they went with just Intel. I read where it "can" be made to run on AMD.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:28 PM
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20. Switched from PC to Mac 6 years ago and have never looked back.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:32 PM
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21. I'm very happy with Vista,
but I haven't tried Mac, except occasionally at my son's house.
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CRF450 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:45 PM
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22. Vista x64 on a gaming desktop, and a 2 month old $800 HP laptop.
Nothing major except little small stuff once in a while that can easily be fixed. Although its slow at booting up, once its running its not slow at all like people try to make it out to be.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:54 PM
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23. Ubuntu for the win!!!
It's a hell of an improvement over Windows!
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:45 AM
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25. Mac OSX and Ubuntu.
UNIX rules!

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obiwan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:21 AM
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26. Windows Vista is proof that fucking somebody is not only legal...
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 06:31 AM by obiwan
...but highly profitable as well.

Just ask Bill Gates.

I have been using Windows since it first came out, and MS-DOS programs before that. It's been a long time since an operating system crashes on such a regular basis for no good reason.

If I was an aftermarket s/w developer, Vista might drive me to suicide.

Yep, you are right. I do a lot of music (recording) and also video production, and I think Vista is the biggest POS ever foisted off on the computer-using public.

I am considering driving up to Redmond and stealing or torching some Beemers or rice rockets. These morons can't even make an O/S that can get out of its own way- they don't deserve the idiotically high salaries they get. And they sure as hell don't need to be on the road. Considering what troubles I have had with Vista, these fuckers should pay me for lost productivity, or live for free at my house to fix Vista every time it crashes.

Talk about pissing in the wind.

My next system will be an older Dell with XP. As much as I don't like XP, with the SP's it's a lot more reliable than Vista.

IMHO, the last really good O/S MS made was Windows 2000 Professional. But M/S doesn't support this product anymore. It's ridiculous, but a lot of computer mfrs. are making their machines O/S specific now.. Try buying an average -priced computer that is not configured to run Vista- and only Vista. Say goodbye to backwards- compatibility.
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