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.
Answer by Compucore · Aug 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
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.
Answer by Data · Aug 11, 2012 at 02:45 AM
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
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Aug 11, 2012 at 09:29 AM
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.
Answer by dunfiddlin · Aug 11, 2012 at 09:30 AM
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.
Answer by jadtechnic · Aug 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
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..
Answer by jadtechnic · Aug 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
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/
Answer by Curtis Coburn · Aug 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
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?
Answer by jadtechnic · Aug 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
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 ..