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My name is Adam Len and I have a question. Why are there so few paid operating systems? Well since there is just OS X Mountain Lion and Widows 7, for computers, to me that seems like not much of a variety for the consumer. Don't get me wrong, most people are perfectly satisfied with either Apple's Operating System or Windows' Operating System. (I haven't forgot Linux)

If you look at the statistics of Apple OS X vs. Windows 7 usage, and OS X is obviously dwarfed. "Usage share of operating systems" I wish I could of find a comparison of Non Corporate OS X Usage (which the number would practically stay the same) and Non Corporate Windows 7 Usage.

asked Aug 11 '12 at 00:18

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Have you check out the 350+ distribution of Linux and Unix that are available for free as well over the web. I've ininclude unix in there because there are some like Oracle Solaris that you can download from their web site. and if you go to http://www.distrowatch.com you'll get about the top 100 popular versions of Linux/Unix available. There are some other Unix's that are not free. But can be bought as well for commercial use.

answered Aug 11 '12 at 00:31

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Yet, there is only Apple and Microsoft that develop main stream operating systems.

(Aug 11 '12 at 02:17) AdamLen AdamLen's gravatar image

If you don't think that Ubuntu, Fedora, or Elementary OS operating systems are mainstream, you definitely haven't checked them out.

System76 and Dell sell Ubuntu computers, so I don't think you've ever really given Ubuntu a try.

Personally, I can't wait for ElementaryOS Luna, and I am running on the daily build, because I like the UI.

(Aug 11 '12 at 12:15) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

I'd like to see a stable release of ReactOS.

(Aug 11 '12 at 12:37) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

AdamLen the reasoning is that most average users will only look into using Aple OSX or Microsoft windows since most other users always suggest those two OS's for the system. And the way it is now Microsoft has force especially on the PC side where you may have either a Intel or AMD processor on them. So most typical end users don't really bother to check out the alternative to the windows environment. When I was starting in computers way back when there was the Original XT and their clones I have always tried to look for something different than using windows. I've looked into using like OS/2 from IBM when they were popular back in the day. Most people will go with what is usually a standard. And Microsoft force most OEM like Dell, HP, Compaq for example to be shipped with Windows on them. Dell has done so in the last couple of years to let the end user choose on certain system to use or include Ubuntu to he installed on them. And have provided support for those models that do have Ubuntu on them and the drivers.

Even Commodore recarnation of the original commodore 64 is now being shipped with an option to use a version of Linux on them as well. Here is the link from them as well for you to view them as well. http://www.commodoreusa.net/CUSA_Home.aspx

(Aug 11 '12 at 20:29) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

I'm sorry that I don't have an answer to your question, but I love that you used an interrobang. It is such an underused symbol that needs to come back into style.

Thank you, sir, for making my day. :D

answered Aug 11 '12 at 01:45

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Hell yea its awesome!!!

(Aug 11 '12 at 02:15) AdamLen AdamLen's gravatar image

I think the main reason is the influence it has on modern society. It's at the forefront of our advancement. It has a great deal of importance. The OS market has grown into a mammoth entity that is reminiscent of the political environment here in the United States in that it has two major binary components and a more diverse register of wildcards. It's an extremely competitive environment that is hostile to new prospects.

answered Aug 11 '12 at 08:29

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Ok It influences modern society, but isn't that what is suppost to do. Why would there be any point of developing operating systems if it doesn't change people's lives?

(Aug 11 '12 at 14:21) AdamLen AdamLen's gravatar image

The point I was trying to make was how great an influence it has. Like with the beginning of agriculture and mass production in industry it's a true world changing revolution. It's had a powerful influence on almost everything.

Edit: I forgot to add that it has so much influence that the market creates an almost political environment.

(Aug 11 '12 at 15:32) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

The answer is simple. We have all we need or want!

You're obviously not old enough to remember that there was a time before Windows or you would have some idea of just how great an advance it was. Once it was there, everybody wanted it. There were attempts to make alternatives but frankly it was mostly too little, too late. Windows simply had no competition. And nobody really wanted it any other way.

answered Aug 11 '12 at 08:30

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But I want to improve!!! I am never rested satisfied when someone says "We have all we need or want" "we" can always do better.

(Aug 11 '12 at 13:31) AdamLen AdamLen's gravatar image

Realistically the OS market is not driven by personal users and their desires. The money is in business. Windows, for example, is really the servant of Office not the other way round! Improve all you want with the free and the open source. Just don't expect your priorities to be of interest to the commercial OS providers nor identical to those of commercial users.

(Aug 11 '12 at 13:43) dunfiddlin dunfiddlin's gravatar image

what purpose would more pay Operating systems serve ???

the three main once Unix, OSx , IOS windows, (Windows8 putting this in a class of its own because that is just what I believe it to be no longer a PC OS ) android,chrome, webos , linux cover about all we do with computing yet that is not the end of the list because there are many many varities of each of these..

im sure I missed a few as well I will be reminded of by someone :P bottom line is cost its not about the OS that runs the hard ware its a bout the software we use andporting that to more and more operating systems just becomes not so cost effective and all pay the incress in prices each for this..

answered Aug 11 '12 at 13:19

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edited Aug 11 '12 at 13:24

ok so I missed one seems this week Google just won the patent for the First CLoud OS Chrome OS which apparently they applied for back in 2009 ..

so for those who have been asking is the web (cloud) becoming the operating system I guess this answers the question since in ways wi 8 and surface Resemble a move in the same direction ..

link not shameless promotion hehe this story is breaking every whereI just list three source for it I have found . http://www.jadtechnic.tk/blog/2012/08/11/is-the-cloud-becoming-the-new-os-goolge-just-recived-the-patent-for-the-cloud-os/

answered Aug 11 '12 at 16:13

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For mainstream operating systems there is about less than 10 for desktop/laptop computers. But we are at the peek of a new technology era, with tablet computers and smartphones. (They are computers too!) Right now Google is working on Augmented reality, to have a computer in front of you at all time. I bet they are making holographic computers too, like you see in the movies.

I don't know how much longer desktop computers will be around. But things change quickly, and someday there will be something better. Ya know?

answered Aug 11 '12 at 17:15

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the operating systems exsit for this too its just that the arm platform is mainly been developed and use in video game industry and kids toys you do remember hand held games Right calculators programable remote some of the earlyer satelite euipment General interments (GI) Remember CB and amateur radio Motorola units, PLC technology :)

the cdell phone is the smallest oldest device we have outside of the calculator, cell phone and tablet industry as we know it today is less then a decade old the computer industry PC era is almost 50 years old big difference ..

well ok PC teletype era :P

microsoft has always had a mini version of its OS not for the level of todays internet use though for games and such, this is just there frist adventure of taking the full system into the mini platform the other big down fall is because the other big dog in this game dont have didn't have the rights and patents into the arms markets other did that is intel they developed for the I386 and this was the direction all the big guns went in Intel was big enough to meet the needs and demand ..

some could say its all in the lines of natural progression even the I386 was the 286 also today more well known as 486 and so on :)

big differnce arm like linux and windows are differnt plat form the it a different chip p[lat form the OS exsited for it they are now just bring the full version to it ..

answered Aug 11 '12 at 17:23

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edited Aug 11 '12 at 18:00

The worrying part is the 1,44% "Other windows" Who on earth is using 2000, ME and 98?

answered Aug 12 '12 at 16:48

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Ubuntu will run on a Mac. Maybe someday someone will develop a file system that will run in RAM on a Mac.

answered Aug 12 '12 at 17:15

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