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They're all OS's. They all "get the job done", and arguably, one is better than the other 2 depending on what job is at hand.

OS X and Ubuntu are both based on the open-source Linux (i think it's open-source, correct me if I'm wrong), while Windows is based on the closed-source Windows NT. Ubuntu is free, the other two are not (unless you take pirating into consideration).

But what is it deep down that TRULY makes a difference between these 3? (I know most people would say it comes down to opinions, so I'd love to hear those opinions).

And just to clear this up, I've NEVER used OS X, but I have used Windows since the OG Windows 95 (till 7, and I'm not upgrading anytime soon), and Ubuntu since the 12.04 LTS (still on it!) , but I rarely use the latter, as it isn't on my main machine (i.e. my laptop).

EDIT: Thanks Drmgiver: "OS X was based on FreeBSD. They have just spent the money to have it qualified as Unix."

asked Dec 15 '12 at 10:43

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edited Dec 16 '12 at 11:53


Needs another edit. OS X was not based off of Unix, it was based off of FreeBSD.

(Dec 16 '12 at 11:46) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

As you say, it depends on what it is you like, what you do, which OS appeals to those things.

I use Linux Mint (Ubuntu derivative) exclusively since V.9. I'll never run Windows again as a main OS. I have an Intel iMac AIO, which has some programs in it that I use from time-to-time (full versions of the entire Adobe suite & MS Office for Mac + Photoshop came with it when I purchased it used for $350- a great deal, I think?). OSX can be elegant & it gets the job done.

Windows is Windows. A virus magnet & constrained. The biggest plus people have for it is that it handles games better than the other two. That's fine- if that's what you need. I think 8 is a total miss, just horrible on the desktop, imho. 7 is pretty nice, 9 ought to be great (given the "leapfrog" effect MS has re: it's better OS's).

For me, Linux Mint is superb. I have all sorts of available programs accessible via the software manager or cmd-line. I don't worry about viruses (or, I don't think about it often & have never had any trouble in the past couple of years). I've found that the way it functions makes sense to me. Mint runs everything I need & it does it fast! I research, email, watch videos, rip DVD's & CD's, convert files, run VM's in Virtualbox, listen to music, etc...The only games I play are online- including Secondlife, which runs well. After two years, the original install still boots up, runs faster, & shuts down better than a fresh install of Windows 7.

So, I'd say it all comes down to whether the things you use your PC for are able to be run on the platform that makes the most sense to you. For me, it's Mint.


answered Dec 15 '12 at 22:35

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They are all good OS's but they are targeted to different people. What truly makes them different really is that what people prefer. As of now, I am in a Virtual machine running Linux Mint 13. Windows and OS X are heavily commercialized compared to Linux operating systems, which is why they sell more than Mac or Windows. Therefore less people, developers take the operating system less serious, and there are not many developers as there are for Mac or Windows.

Mac is very good for content creators who like to do video editing, and Windows is great for gamers. But with the recent Windows 8, Game developers will be taking Linux more serious now. Steam - The full Steam will be coming to Linux soon, which is really good for gamers, and people who want software.

Really the big difference is opinion

answered Dec 15 '12 at 23:18

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Curtis Coburn

One thing I'd like to correct about your original post. Linux based operating systems (like Ubuntu) are using the open-source Linux kernel, but Mac OS X does not. OS X was based off the closed-source Unix OS.

As for what makes them different, technically it's just how they run. The bases for each OS were developed by different people, so how each OS does things will be different, even if the end result is the same.

As far as a standard user is concerned, it's really just personal preference. With Linux, you can completely change almost every aspect of the OS and make it your own. Mac OS X was designed to be stable but fairly limiting. Windows is designed to run on most user's PC's, and is the most widely used on consumer PC's.

answered Dec 16 '12 at 09:57

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OSX was based on FreeBSD. They have just spent the money to have it qualified as Unix.

(Dec 16 '12 at 11:51) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

It really depends. They all do a fairly good job at whatever you really need them to do. It really just comes down to developers, applications, and their intended purpose. As time marches on, and internet applications become more popular and cross-platform, the differences begin to become harder to declare.

I think any OS is what you make out of it!

answered Dec 20 '12 at 03:00

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Ill just say

Open (Ubuntu )

Closed ( mac and it is beautiful and fast )

Closed with more developer than fish in the sea (talking bout windows 7 and windows 8 non metro )

For the rest of the understanding see criss 's iOS vs android And on YouTube windows 8 animated evaluation And a wiki on mac ull be fine

answered Dec 23 '12 at 10:41

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