[POLL] Do you use Windows/Linux/OtherOS on your MP?

Do you use an OS on your MP other than, or in addition to, OS X?

  • Yes, Windows

    Votes: 46 70.8%
  • Yes, Linux

    Votes: 14 21.5%
  • Yes, Other

    Votes: 6 9.2%
  • No, OS X only

    Votes: 16 24.6%

  • Total voters
    65

ActionableMango

macrumors G3
Original poster
Sep 21, 2010
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Via any method. Native booting (boot camp), virtual machine, WINE, whatever.

I have a similar poll in the Mini forum, and I was surprised at the high results (50% at the time of this post) for Mini users. Now I'm curious to see how MP users compare.
 

pastrychef

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Sep 15, 2006
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New York City, NY
I have other operating systems installed but I'm still in OS X most of the time and only use Windows or Linux when I have to.

I do intend to play around with ESXi when time permits.
 

AidenShaw

macrumors P6
Feb 8, 2003
18,650
4,646
The Peninsula
I have other operating systems installed but I'm still in OS X most of the time and only use Windows or Linux when I have to.

I do intend to play around with ESXi when time permits.
Are hypervisors Operating Systems? Enquiring minds want to know.

I'd say "no", because they're basically worthless. They enable useful guest systems, but as host systems they're worthless.
 
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pastrychef

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Sep 15, 2006
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New York City, NY
Are hypervisors Operating Systems? Enquiring minds want to know.

I'd say "no", because they're basically worthless. They enable useful guest systems, but as host systems they're worthless.
I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

It's a tool... It can be useless to one person but also extremely useful to another. If you don't like it, don't use it.
 

fabriciom

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Feb 17, 2008
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Madrid, España
You are missing both option.
I have win 2012 server with sql and iis. Another win 10 with visual studio and an Ubuntu virtual machine for email server.
 

ActionableMango

macrumors G3
Original poster
Sep 21, 2010
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You are missing both option.
I have win 2012 server with sql and iis. Another win 10 with visual studio and an Ubuntu virtual machine for email server.
I set up this poll to enable people to choose as many options as they like, so you should be able to select any combination of options.
 

Ryan0751

macrumors regular
Nov 4, 2013
145
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With VM's (and free tools like VirtualBox) and the powerful machines we have today, running other OS's is so simple and useful.

I run Windows primarily for one application which requires it (a professional DMX lighting control package I use). I also run Linux for various prototyping projects and as a development environment.

For some of my prototypes, I've had up to 10 VM's running on my Mac Pro, no problem (they were fairly lightweight, though).

I haven't dual-booted in many years.
 

scottsjack

macrumors 68000
Aug 25, 2010
1,900
303
Arizona
I ran W8.1, then W10 for a long time on my 2012 MP. Using 960GB SSDs on an Apricorn Duo PCI card with each SSD running the current Windows or Mac I had really great success. Eventually I found that having a separate Windows machine (HP Z230 Workstation) was way more satisfying on the Windows side. Besides allowing both OSs to run simultaneously the separate machines made file transfer a breeze.
 

haralds

macrumors 65816
Jan 3, 2014
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Silicon Valley, CA
OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.7, Windows 7-64 and Windows 10-64 via bootcamp and VMware. Other OS X, Windows and Linux VMware guests only.
Majority of the time I am booted into 10.11.
 

MacGamver

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Aug 16, 2013
236
15
MacOS as my main boot drive, and a separate bootcamp drive for gaming in Windows.
 

orph

macrumors 68000
Dec 12, 2005
1,884
392
UK
i have some wine/cider games & win 7 on one drive (on a shelf at the mo but ill re-install some time soon) for games and testing websites on windows browsers.
also backup installs of osx 10.10/10.8

been playing games in osx and just have less time for them too ~~ not had the need for windows for games for a while now & steam's got a lot on it for me (got to love being able to buy windows games and use steam to get the mac version so much cheaper)
 

nigelbb

macrumors 65816
Dec 22, 2012
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Including OS running in VMs is confusing. We can all run all three OS at once. What is more interesting is which OS gets booted. I'm guessing that the 90% figure for Windows would drop a lot. I certainly never boot anything except OS X. We need a new poll.
 

orph

macrumors 68000
Dec 12, 2005
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392
UK
i know a lot of people who run windows on apple laptops, love the laptop & windows.
not for me but works for some
 

Synchro3

macrumors 68000
Jan 12, 2014
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Bootcamp: Windows 7 and Windows 10 on dedicated drives.

VM: From Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 10

OS X Mountain Lion and OS X El Capitan
 
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MultiFinder17

macrumors 68020
Jan 8, 2008
2,224
1,015
Tampa, Florida
OS X all the way on my 2010 hex. I have Win10 installed on it, but I haven't used it in months. I mostly just installed it on the machine in case I ever want to use it for something.
 

JeanLCP

macrumors newbie
Sep 16, 2015
13
2
OSX El Capitan on my two cMP 5.1 six-core, OpenSuse Linux and Win 10 in VirtualBox.
 
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