Three Major Operating Systems

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Do you use a computer? If so, chances are, you use at least one of the three major operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X and, Linux (pronounced “lyneks” or less commonly as “laineks”). With all three of them being around for at least 20 years, they have been here for a while. Although most people might not know what an operating system even is, every computer has one and, each one has its own pros and cons—which will attract different types of people. It 's important that you learn what an operating system is, what these pros and cons are and, become able to choose which one is right for you. You 'll learn about the performance, versatility, security, hardware requirements and, price for each operating system. Starting off with Windows, Windows …show more content…
Not only is it extremely versatile, but considering its great support for device drivers and ability for most of the machines it 's installed on to be at least mildly upgraded to compensate for the growth of technology, Windows 7 is also moderately fast. Not sacrificing any visual aesthetics with its well designed “Aero” system theme, and the ability to switch to the Window 's “Classic” theme for improved performance or simply a nostalgic feel, Windows 7 has moderately good performance if the system is maintained properly. Although its popularity is a benefit, it 's also a con when looking at the big picture. Lots and lots of malicious software—spyware, trojan horses, ransomeware—has been created just for Windows 7. If you 're a hacker, you 're going to target the most used operating system to infect the most people. This leads an unwary user into a scary and insecure world. If you 're a more advanced user and know how to decipher between safe and unsafe software, Windows can be secure. If you 're going to get Windows 7, you need to install updates constantly as new exploits on the system are found almost every day. Moving on to system hardware …show more content…
With the entirety of Linux being open-source, if you 're an advanced user you can program it to do anything you want. One downfall is that it has poor compatibility; you 'll be lucky if your device is simply plug and play. One fix for the compatibility issues is to get something called “Wine.” Wine lets Linux users run Windows applications. It 's a little tough to understand everything as an average-user though. Along with its great versatility, Linux is also very fast compared to Mac OS X and Windows. If properly configured, Linux can perform ten times faster than any Mac or Windows computer. Linux 's open-source factor makes it so easy to configure for the best speed possible. Usually speed comes with hardware, with a lot less hardware support than Microsoft 's Windows—due to hardware manufactures only creating drivers for popular operating systems—it might be hard to get your Linux operating system up and running. Thankfully, there is a large community within Linux creating drivers for most devices. Watch out though, Linux being open-source is both a pro and a con. If you completely program your operating system yourself, you 're going to have an extremely secure system. If you use one someone else has programmed, you might be using something insecure. You never know how secure

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