What is your main OS?

Which OS's do you use?

  • OS X 10.4 Tiger

    Votes: 4 2.8%
  • OS X 10.5 Leopard

    Votes: 30 20.8%
  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Votes: 114 79.2%
  • Windows XP

    Votes: 23 16.0%
  • Windows Vista

    Votes: 5 3.5%
  • Windows 7

    Votes: 34 23.6%
  • Ubuntu Linux

    Votes: 10 6.9%
  • BSD (FreeBSD, PC-BSD...ect...)

    Votes: 4 2.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 6 4.2%

  • Total voters
    144

roadbloc

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Aug 24, 2009
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I'm just curious... which OS do you actually use for the majority of things?

I've got a friend who triple boots his PC with Windows 7, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. He says he needs it all... and yet, I don't see how. He is just a standard PC user, not a very big gamer and not a developer. He uses XP the most.

I personally just like to stick to one OS, which for me, is OS X 10.6. Just curious which one you guys use the most and whether you bother with Dual Booting or Virtual Machine gear?
 

Jason Beck

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Oct 19, 2009
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I'm just curious... which OS do you actually use for the majority of things?

I've got a friend who triple boots his PC with Windows 7, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. He says he needs it all... and yet, I don't see how. He is just a standard PC user, not a very big gamer and not a developer. He uses XP the most.

I personally just like to stick to one OS, which for me, is OS X 10.6. Just curious which one you guys use the most and whether you bother with Dual Booting or Virtual Machine gear?
OSX. Because it's better.
:apple:
 

cjmillsnun

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Aug 28, 2009
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OS X 10.6.2 is my OS of choice, I also run 10.5.8 on the G4, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on my own MB (Boot Camp), and Windows XP SP3 on my OH's Macbook (Boot Camp and VMWare)
 

splitpea

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Oct 21, 2009
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Among the starlings
I use OS X (10.4) for my general computing, design, and UNIX needs (i.e. 90% of my use), and XP for Internet Explorer browser testing, an ASP development server, flash-heavy sites, and the occasional Windows-only app.
 

iBookG4user

macrumors 604
Jun 27, 2006
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Seattle, WA
I only have two OS' in the house. Leopard and Snow Leopard (Unless you count the old Macs running System 7) and Snow Leopard gets used more currently.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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OSX because its a superior OS.

I also use fedora but for the majority of time, its OSX Rock solid and decent performance.
 

jamesdmc

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Oct 17, 2007
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Cittagazze
Leopard on all my macs. I have no problems with it, so I'll wait for at least a couple more 10.6.x updates before upgrading to Snow Leopard.
 

VoR

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Sep 8, 2008
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Snow leopard/Win7 on a mac pro
Ubuntu 9.10/Win7 on two laptops
freebsd on my nas
Windows 7 is probably my favourite desktop OS nowadays.
 

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
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NYC
OS X on my desktop and ultraportable; Windows 7 for my tablet.

I like Windows 7.
 

ScoobyMcDoo

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Nov 26, 2007
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Austin, TX
At work, various distros of linux (Suse, Fedora, Redhat, Debian) for development and XP for email and writing documents.

At home Leopard.
 

ViViDboarder

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Jun 25, 2008
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I didn't count my work computers, those all run WinXP (2 work laptops and 1 work Desktop).

At home I have a new iMac that has 10.6, my MacBook Pro with 10.5 and then I have a desktop that runs the latest 64bit version of Ubuntu as well as Windows 7.

I also have a netbook (EeePC 900) and that, for the moment, is running Jolicloud on the harddrive but I have been botting Chromium OS off of a USB stick as of late to try it out.

I do have a use for every one of these OS's. Obviously, if I had a SL upgrade disk I'd upgrade my MBP though.

I use my desktop for a lot of tinkering (in Ubuntu) as well as basic web use and even programming. I also prefer using Linux on it because I feel much more at home on a *nix based machine, despite growing up with M$ beginning with Dos and then UPGRADING to Win3.1 :p.

I have Windows 7 on my desktop as well because I've tried to dabble in Visual Studio and VB programming (Windows Only) as well as the occasional game. Also, I am Mr. Tech Support for everyone I know. So the fact that I run the latest of almost every OS is very helpful to me.

My netbook, I just keep something light and snappy on it. :D
 

daxomni

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Jun 24, 2009
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I want the fastest system that works with most of the hardware and software I own and that means I'm still primarily a Windows XP user. I also use Snow Leopard and Windows Server 2K3 and whatever else I need to get the job done but most of the time I'm in Windows XP with all the visual bells and whistles turned off. I know this may sound crazy but for those of us who started with monochrome command lines Windows XP is already plenty flashy enough. I just want my programs to run as fast as possible without having to upgrade my perfectly functional hardware just to add a bit more visual pizazz. Windows XP is easy to use and easy to fix and easy on the wallet.
 

js81

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Dec 31, 2008
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I use Snow Leopard (10.6.2) on both my Macs - my wife's white Macbook and my old white iMac. However, I've been having issues lately (mostly Safari beach-balling A LOT), so I'll be doing a reformat on both machines. I was going to reinstall SL, but since BOTH machines have started this, I'm strongly considering going back to Leopard. Regardless, the re-do will happen over the Christmas holiday (I'm a teacher and am out for 2 1/2 weeks).

I use XP SP3 on both Macs for Boot Camp and Fusion - not used a lot, mostly just for a few games.

I have Windows 7 (64-bit) on a new laptop that I haven't received yet. I'll let you know how that goes once I get it... :D
 

mslide

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Sep 17, 2007
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I use what I feel is the best OS for the job. I wish I could say OSX for all of these, but I can't. For me, it comes down to:

General purpose computer stuff: OSX
Software development: OSX unless I'm forced to do things the 'windows way'
Gaming: Windows
Home Theater PC / Media PC: Windows
Servers: Either linux, freebsd or windows server depending on what I want it to do.
 

acxz

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Nov 30, 2007
235
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Snow Leopard on both my iMac and Macbook. I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my Macbook as well but barely ever use it (only to play Trackmania really).
 

roadbloc

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Original poster
Aug 24, 2009
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UK
Snow Leopard on both my iMac and Macbook. I have Windows 7 Ultimate on my Macbook as well but barely ever use it (only to play Trackmania really).
You bought win7 ultimate just to play Trackmania? :eek: Surly thats a little excessive...
 
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