My standpoint on Linux vs. Mac vs. Windows: strengths of various operating systems, with Linux being the standard of comparison.
A quote from Facebook:
“I highly recommend MAC – they are fabulous, and things of beauty. And personally, I would stay away from Linux – not the most enjoyable OS to work with. Then again, with all the updating of packages and stuff – that might really appeal to you:)”
Off the top of my head; posted in response
I must protest! Linux is superior in nearly every way.
Benefits of Mac over Linux – it has a special user interface, and is only installable on quality hardware.
Benefits of Windows over Linux – most games are a lot easier to run, more consumer hardware is supported, and some software requires Windows.
Benefits of Linux – extremely easy to use, automatic updates of all your software, everything is completely free, you hardly ever need to install special drivers whenever you get new hardware, it comes with all the software you will need for most day to day work out of the box, installation of additional programs is *extremely* easy, you can change anything you want, you can upgrade any part of the computer (motherboard, etc.) and it will work without reinstallation (you can quite literally take out the hard drive, plug it into another computer and the OS will boot – although there may be a few slight hiccups), runs on any system, excellent support.
Drawbacks of Linux – advanced configuration can be tricky, software is regularly improved (and changed), too much choice?
I may have to install another OS for work purposes, and I may do it just to see where the other two stand, but Apple and Microsoft cannot remotely tempt me with their current offerings.
Using either of these OSs is torturous to me – and to think that it is just 2 years ago that I switched.