I was just wondering what was the best operating system to have to save money and electricity if you leave your pc on 24/7, would it be an older os such as windows 2000 or windows xp or a newer os such as windows 7 ?
asked Aug 14 '10 at 19:07
I've had no problem with any of the operating systems you mentioned. I've ran XP for months without rebooting. I've ran 7 for months without rebooting.
The problem with Windows though is you have to reboot after updates. Linux is not like that. I've upgraded the kernel of Linux and the machine still did not require a reboot. Try Ubuntu.
The main challenge you might encounter is hardware problems. Consumer hardware is meant to be shut down at night. So consumer hardware might not run so well, and it will probably shorten the life of your computer.
Business hardware and server hardware are designed for not rebooting very much at all so it will run better.
I would suggest signing up for some idle computing program. If you to that your computer will be used when it is idle to help compute things and solve world problems.
answered Aug 15 '10 at 19:39