Ever since the days of the supercomputers when entire rooms and floors were dedicated to a single machine, computer systems have further evolved into what it has become today. While the three biggest operating systems, by today’s standards, come from Microsoft Windows, the MacOs, and Linux. Each of these is great in their own right however that is the simple answer. In order to truly tell which operating system, or OS, is the best this article will take a deep look at the interworkings of each system type. This will not only include overall functionality and user-friendliness but also other key elements of the system (such as compatibility, reliability, and the like).
While computer systems themselves did a fairly nice job of evolving prior to the development of the Windows and Mac operating systems in the early 1980s the Linux OS can be traced back to the early 1990s when a college student developed the system as a project. Nonetheless, each of these operating systems is unique in their own way however each also possesses the core values required for computer systems to operate and function as intended. Here are the details on what makes each system different from the other.
Developed in 1985 when the system was developed as a graphic user interface that had been built atop MS-DOS. However, it wasn’t until Windows 95 that consumers saw the first true operating system that replaced the GUI. This opened the doors to a whole new world of technological possibilities where more could be done on the computer than ever before. Long since the days of Windows 95, the Windows OS has vastly evolved into a PC based system that can all but do anything and everything. One of it’s greatest features of the OS system as a whole is that no matter what OS version users everywhere are greeted with a familiar product that can be used across various devices.
Despite the fact that there is a vast wealth of familiarity with the Windows operating system as a whole there are more than a few differences between Windows and it’s two biggest competitors. For one, the biggest difference is the vast amount of available resources developed for Windows systems ranging from software and games to overall flexibility and the like. Additionally, there is even more available when it comes to available resources dedicated to tech support and even compatibility. Moreover, Windows operating systems aren’t limited to PCs as there are many programs, apps and other software that can be transported across a numerous amount of different devices thanks, in part, to cloud-based technology.
Developed a year earlier, the MacOS is deemed as the first successful graphical user interface. Although there aren’t that many Mac users in comparison to the number of users who prefer it’s Windows alternative the Mac system is a system that also has a clean interface that is easily navigated. Additionally, like the Windows OS, the Mac OS is also deemed as reliable however the similarities are pretty much far and few between from there.
Although another advantage of using the Mac operating system is that users are able to partition a portion of the Mac hard drive to be used for Windows the Mac operating system is far less compatible when it comes to available games and software when looking for apps and programs that can be crossed over from the Windows system. While there are a limited few programs that are similar to Windows programs/apps the MacOs presents features and usability that is set apart from the rest. Furthermore, Apple products that carry the MacOs are far more expensive than Windows systems typically are. Another note worth mentioning is that, although tech support is present, there are far less available resources that are dedicated to this particular service.
Developed in 1991 the Linux operated system started out as a college project. Fast forward years later and it has grown, albeit very little, The seamless options that are available for this free operating system stems from its ability to be easily customized when bundled with other distributions such as Mint or Fedora. Furthermore, other advantages are that, because it is free, there are no restrictions placed on the operating system (unlike its competitors which are distributed under licensing agreements). However, despite these facts, there are still notable differences when compared to the other known operating systems.
Even though the Linux OS is considered to be a fairly easy system to navigate it is one that is ultimately the hardest as a whole when compared to the likes of Windows and Mac operating systems. It is because of this that one of the biggest differences between the three is that there is a great need for expert computer skills and knowledge to know how to navigate the pathways of the Linux OS. Furthermore, these systems aren’t always readily available to be purchased straight from a commonly known retailer or vendor and, as such, would require a Windows hard drive to be reformatted before installing Linux. Moreover, there aren’t that many programs, games and other software immediately available for the Linux OS.
In conclusion, as a whole, each of the discussed operating systems is unique in their own way and while the Windows operating system is the easiest to use due to the flexibility the system has the fact that Windows is the only system solely operated via the PC is the biggest advantage. That said, the biggest difference between the Windows, Mac, and Linux systems is that they are all different and yet the same. The same in that they are all based on the key elements needed for a computer to be fully operational but different in the easiness to navigate, how difficult the system is to use, and ultimately the compatibility factor which determines what types of available software, programs, apps, and games that is readily available for each system. Additionally, the differences of each system lie in the number of available resources can readily be dedicated to tech support as well as products available at retailers and vendors.