Which is the best OS of all time?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by deluxeshredder, Dec 9, 2013.

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Which OS do you consider to be the best?

  1. Windows XP

    3.8%
  2. Windows 7

    9.4%
  3. Classic iOS

    3.8%
  4. OS X 10.6

    28.3%
  5. OS X 10.9

    15.1%
  6. Other

    43.4%
  1. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

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  2. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    4.3 BSD was the best of its time. OS X put a usable GUI on it, although Apple is stubborn about (not) allowing certain options.

    Windows? Scott McNealy was right . ("A giant hairball.")
     
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    For the most part I think OS/2 was an amazing performer and also used the REXX batch language which wasn't too shabby. It also did DOS better than native MSDOS and also Windows 3.x better than Windows 3.x.

    Its screens were a cross of what we see as OSX and also Windows 2000. This was an OS that met business needs and aside from lack of apps was very easy to use at home.
     
  4. jayducharme macrumors 68030

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    On the Windows side, I think Win98 was great. I've so far been having good luck with Win 7 too. For Mac, Tiger was by far the best cat they produced. Mavericks seems to be okay so far, but it's still too early to tell.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    OSX: probably about 10.4
    Windows: Windows 2000 or Windows 7. Both seem stable and lacking in some of the garish rubbish you get on the other versions.
    Unix: Possibly BSD 4.3. Certainly contained a lot of important stuff

    Honourable mentions: Risc OS (booted from ROM instantly) and AmigaOS.
     
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Another vote for OS/2. There was a brief period when IBM and Apple were collaborating on a Object Oriented Programming, though nothing really came of it... though I suspect some of the ideas filtered down into OS X at some levels. I went from DOS to OS/2 to OS X, and never got around to ever having Windows as my primary OS. Ever.
     
  7. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Oh, hail yeah!:cool:

    Amiga OS comes second. A multitasking OS that can run in only 256K of RAM.:eek: Best OS of the 80's and early 90's.
     
  8. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    My favorite version of Windows was 2000 (have used pretty much them all since 95). Only been using OS X since 2010, so limited window there. But I really liked 10.6.
     
  9. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Favorite OS X: OS X Tiger.
    Favorite Windows: Windows 8.
    Favorite Linux: Ubuntu 9.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    Here's my favorites, different platforms, different favorites
    System 7
    OSX 10.4
    Windows 7
    Dos 2.11 :D
    Almost any version of fedora, I like them all
     
  11. Parkin Pig macrumors 6502a

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    It was a travesty that the Amiga died off. It was an incredibly advanced machine for its time. I'm getting all nostalgic now. Deluxe Paint, Vista Pro - sigh!
     
  12. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    Definitely really liking 10.9... I think with Mavericks, Apple is really starting to truly fine tune everything...

    And OP I have to ask... why did you make windows XP a choice?? :p :D
     
  13. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68020

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    If you're talking Windows, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 7 are considered by many the best versions of Windows produced by Microsoft.

    Mind you, I think Windows 7 really lucked out because at the time of Windows 7's release in October 2009, computers with x86-64 instruction set support were widely available and very reasonably priced. As such, it got adopted with lightning fast speed.
     
  14. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    10.6 is rock solid.
    And Windows 7 as far as Windows goes.
     
  15. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    For expandable and scaleable RHEL

    For every man 10.4/10.6

    For bleeding edge Arch
     
  16. Peace macrumors Core

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    I liked Windows 2000 but Windows NT 4.1 was better imho. One of the first true 64-bit platforms.

    Apple OS side I'd say OS 9.2.
     
  17. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Overall, OS X 10.4 Tiger reigns supreme in my book; just the right amount of features without useless eye candy, (but still tasteful) and solid as a rock.

    On the Windows side, I'm partial to Windows 95 because it was what my first computer I owned ran. But, taking off the nostalgia glasses for a moment, I must admit that BSOD and I were good friends. :p Windows XP was truly the best overall; simple design, and decent stability.

    Linux? Uh. Linux Mint was...nice. Ubuntu is, you know, um, popular and sort of...pretty. I think I used Damn Small Linux once too? :eek:
     
  18. MattA macrumors 6502

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    MS-DOS 3.3. Say what you like, but that OS was rock solid and WORKED! Granted, it wasn't the greatest at multitasking, but what it did, it did well.

    As for a modern OS, I'd have to say OSX 10.6 (though Mavericks has been far more stable than Lion/Mountain Lion were).
     
  19. g4manimac macrumors 6502

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    Same here voting on 10.4 and I had decided that way before I even looked at the rest of the thread,I guess its because I rode with it for so long before eventually upgrading to 10.5 after months of excitement because back then it was (and still kinda is) expensive for a ligitamate copy of 10.5,that and finally being able to use iTunes with the iPhone I had....but 10.4 stuck with me for some reason I remember like it was yesterday (its fully updated to 10.4.11) and my b day is 10-4......
     
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    Pretty much right with you these

    win 2k - thumbs up here - loved that old gal

    BSD .... OpenSolaris :)

    and the AmigaOS - true multitasking OS ahead of its time back then :)
    (still got me some lovely Amiga emu's)
     
  22. Porco macrumors 68030

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    For its time/era, Amiga OS / Workbench

    My favourite OS X version was 10.5 Leopard, at least once they fixed stacks to have options (I forget which point update…), so let's say 10.5.8., also the last PPC version which kind of says something I guess.
     
  23. kazmac macrumors 601

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    I liked Snow Leopard

    Had that for 3 years until I made the mistake of upgrading this Fall.
     
  24. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Windows 8.1. It runs on multiple platforms, runs 20 year old software, provides support for Microsoft's next Gen software, is stable and secure.
     

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