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Well, it's obvious that everyone here uses one.

 

Just out of interest, what does everyone use? There seem to be more than the expected number of "non-standard", i.e. not Windows users.

 

Please, no OS wars because the One True Answer is Solaris. Only problem is Sun haven't figured out what the Question was. When it comes to Vi vs. Emacs I use pico.

 

My primary boxes are Macs and have been since 1989. However, as part of my non-day job I mostly support Windows networks. Unless you want to hear the dictionary of obscene words, don't ask me about Windows Vista. I have used Linux (My SuSE server finally pegged out after 11 years and 3 power supplies), It got replaced with a Solaris box. Boy was it "fun" finding out how different Solaris was from Linux. Eventually turned it off before permanent hearing damage ensued. that box was LOUD!

 

I have installed any number of Linux boxes as dedicated devices on customer networks - mostly firewalls and routers. To my shame I admit there is not currently a Linux box running here. My electricity bills were getting too high so all the *BSD boxes got turned off, as did the Solaris boxes.

 

At the day job I am forced to use Windows - Linux could do the job better and be more secure for less money as could just about all of the BSD's, but the NHS is a Windows shop unfortunately. A million people forced to use it every day. Mostly in order to delete 99% of their emails as totally irrelevant. My favourite was an email that went to 30,000 people saying that the car park in a very remote health centre was having new lines painted on it so there would be 2 less spaces on Tuesday. I actually spent 20 minutes with a map trying to find the place which I'd never heard of. But enough ranting.

 

So put me own as a MacOS user

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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I use various incarnations of Windows on my machines for one main reason, I’ve paid for it and will get my money’s worth out of it if it kills me!

 

I have used Mandrake/ Mandriva and adopted it as my chosen distro. My favourite offshoot is PCLinuxOS though.

 

My desktop came with Vista (it’s not so bad since SP1/ 2) and I paid for a licence for it, if the motherboard dies and M$ expects me to buy a new OS for the new MoBo, then I’ll be running PCLOS on it when I replace the MoBo.

 

If I pay for M$ software I’ll get the value out of it I paid for by using it for as long as I can.

 

Microsoft’s products are generally better than it’s attitude toward its customers, that should indicate my opinion of M$ in general.

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Makes sense to me - if you've paid for it get your money's worth out of it. PCLinuxOs I've not tried - mostly Ubuntu (The ancient African word for "I can't configure Linux") recently and SuSE before that. Somewhere in the loft there is a box with RedHat 4 on it.

 

I have a large number of dead boxes with valid XP licences, nobody's given me a dead or otherwise Vista box so I've little or no experience of it other than spending 2 days editing the registry on my father's machine in order to make Microsoft Office (Which he'd paid full price for) work. Have a Windows 7 beta licence which I'm trying and failing to get installed on an iMac just now. The stuff that Apple released yesterday may make this possible but have not yet summoned the enthusiasm to try. That is what weekends are for. But will probably play with the dogs instead.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Before you guys cut me down, im a long time user of Windows.....loved XP and i now use Vista, planning on getting Windows 7 just for the hell of it.  All my computers have been lappies so yes i would have a really hard time trying to type on a desktop keyboard, believe me i have tried.

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i need to sit this one out

I'm not the brightest with computer I'm not very good with them atoll to technical

  

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Hey your using one now right......just post a little about what your using.  OS, how many cores does it have.................blah, blah, blah.  The wife and i spend our free time online....she loves Facebook and i have forums that i check up on.

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I have just one laptop, an 4-year old Dell Inspiron B130, I'm very surprised that it hasn't broken yet.  The climate here is very hard on laptops due to the heat and humidity, and the AC power here is very "dirty", chargers normally get fried very quickly because of the poor sine wave of the power and constant voltage fluctuations, both surges and brownouts.  There is also a big problem here with viruses that spread via flashdrives (thumbdrives, pendrives), so I run Ubuntu 9.10 full-time.  I've been using Linux since Redhat 9.  Linux isn't perfect, but Windows is too complex when something breaks, and I'm too cheap to buy a Mac.  But I am also surprised to see how non-standard most of our users here are.  Bunch of geeks eh?

I agree with Stan that a Windows license is an expensive thing to waste.  I personally prefer to buy a laptop with Windows because I occasionally have to run a Windows program on Linux with Wine, but to do so I have to use Windows DLL's, so I personally feel that I can only legitimately do that if I own Windows.

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Well I have 4 PCs at home and a lappie. All the PCs are home brewed running XP. No. 1 son experiments with Linux, Ubuntu specifically, on one.  He also tried out the Windows 7 RC. Anyway he says it rocks. Didn't like Vista nor ME before it. MS just came up with stopgap OSs just to buy time! May upgrade to 7 when the time comes.

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I have a buddy of mine running 7 and he loves it.....says that the os is so much easier to use, you dont get all that crap when you try to delete something or shut a program down.  But if your like me that got used to it, it works.

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Now that Apple have sorted the drivers, it works - but is still Windows. The guts are essentially the same as Vista's and it probably is more secure and is certainly less irritating than Vista. Just for fun I plan to get OpenSolaris to run on this iMac in a virtual machine. Imagine this will be less than simple. But I enjoy fighting with Solaris though those who don't enjoy foul language should probably not listen.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Lol......dont worry man i get the same way......i hate slow computers.  I would rather use mine.

With Darkness, there will always be Light.

 

 

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I started selling Commodore VIC20's in 1982, and progressed through all kinds of machines/OS's. Sold Apple "LISA's" for a while 8-)

Bought my 1st Mac in January 1984. I've used C/PM, DOS, Windows, Linux too, but at home it's been Mac OS only.

Gave mom (she's 84), my old Macintosh II in 1988, she's on her 4th one and probably should look at a replacement soon, me too. I'm on #8 myself.

I tried programming, it's not for me. I want to, it just drives me nuts. I don't have the patients.

I would be lost without it though.

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Fedora Core on a HP at Home.

XP on a Dell at work.

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Windows XP here... again.

 

Used Windows 7 Professional 64bit for about year (until it broke) and installed Windows XP Professional 32bit, because I like it better Big Smile

 

I have legal licenses for both from our school Smile

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Windows7 Ultimate. It's the only way to roll.

I use Windows for one reason: I can make it do whatever I want it to do. I have been using Windows my whole life and I have all of the interfaces mastered. I have used Linux and it is nice, I just don't like the interfaces. I want to be lazy when I feel lazy.

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Started on DOS - Win95- 98SE - 2000 - ME (junk) - XP(early ones were soo bad , SP1 ? got better with SP2 ) 

VISTA ?? (what can you say about vista) several 7's , currently 7 64bit + 2003Server 

Linux ????  Damn it , Ive tried many flavors over the years , seriously , when Linux becomes as easy to use as Windows , when you can download a game . click on it and it installs without any issue [ same with 3rd party software ] , do they call it seamless ? Anyhow , when you can install Linux on the partition of your choice again with no issues , till then Linux will be nothing more than a curiosity to the majority .. [ not talking to fanboys here - cos we know you love linux ] ...

I find it strange , Linux . So many flavors , so many years , and it still cant compete [ not for seamless ease of use - instillation - and loading - finding software ]

I was expecting it to have come of age by now .  I tried the Latest Ubuntu , and what a POS !  It refused to install in the partition I wanted and actually integrated  with my Windows , WTF is that about ?  I tossed that one in the rubbish bin ...

Linux has to : Install where directed !   Automatically set up its own partitions etc - where directed by the user ... Just to begin with ...

Linux has to: Be able to seamlessly install software games ...

Linux developers need to consolidate Linux , so that all software games etc work on all flavors .  No software developer is going to develop squat if they have to port there wares to half a dozen different operating systems all calling themselves Linux ..

Linux rant over !  

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Win 7 ultimate 64 at home right now, although I have used many ubuntu distros in the past. I actually like win 7, it hasn't annoyed me like a lot of previous MS offerings ( Pre-SP1 Vista or WinME had to have been the worst) At work I use many OS's (DOS6.22, NT4.0, 2000, WinXPE, XP, Win7 and ubuntu)
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I generally use laptops at work and home but my main goto machine is what I am always on at home and that is a Motorola Xoom dual-core Android tablet with 10" screen. It's a pretty amazing piece of hardware that even lets me use a BT keyboard and mouse if I care to when performing work on the servers at work remotely.

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Notebook 64bit Win7 home premium, Desktop XP Pro SP3 32bit, Router 1 IPCOP Linux, Router 2 Monowall (FreeBSD based) , Archos 605 Portable Video Player 605 Linux based and hacked to run VNC over Wifi, 2 Sandisk Sansa Mediaplayer (MP3+Vid) running Rockbox Linux to run Doom Wink , Windows 2000 SP4 as fileserver and downloadportal , Kindle 3 with Duokan alternative Kindle OS, PowerShot SD1100 IS / Digital IXUS 80 IS with CHDK alternative OS, My Mio 320 GPS runs TomTom,Garmin, IGO, Navigator, Magellan, Word and Excel Wink

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Home has win7-64 and xp-x86 machines (licenses were free through school) behind my tomato firewall/router. 

I'm on the road right now, so it's just me and my sad little 1st gen netbook running win7-x86 behind some it's-in-chinese-so-I-can't-even-config-WPA router.

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Windows 7 all the way, if I have a license for it. Vista, XP etc gets replaced with ubuntu. Plus I do not believe in the concept of overpaying, so apple is out of the question.

Personally I run a stripped Win7 64, very fast and stable and it still has all the nice looks and compatibility.

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My home office

24" iMac running Snow Leopard and  Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit via Boot Camp

Dell XPS 730 running Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/  I gave this tower to my 15 year old nephew along with a Dell 23" monitor I had laying around.

 24" Ultrasharp 2405FPW monitor

Dell Inspiron 531 running XP Pro ( used as a DVR for home security system)

Black Macbook running Snow Leopard 

Not shown: an Acer 11.6" Aspire One 722 Netbook running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

 

Bedroom: Mac Mini running on a 40" Samsung. 

 

 

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Win 7 64-bit on an Asus low voltage 13.3" laptop that is almost 2 years old but still better looking and just as functional than anything that has come after it. I grew up using Mac's in school and never cared much for them. I like the freedom I have with Windows (doesn't mean I'm a MS fan - Xbox Live is pretty awesome though). I've tried a few of the popular flavors of Linux over the years and I think they're still stuck in the same ol' rut. They just refuse to make them run out of the box and be user friendly. It's the same story: I get in the mood to try another version and eventually I get frustrated, annoyed, impatient, bored and quit on it.

 

Between Apple and MS, I don't put one over the other. Neither of them wants to give warm, fuzzy hugs to their customers so I don't buy into all the fanboyism. In the end all they care about is your money and they might even share giggle sessions when you get tricked into believing they 'care' about your needs in a personal way. When the masses finally realize Apple became the largest tech company in the world with above average industry standard profit margins on their hardware then they may as well be relegated to the pit MS is in and the cycle continues. 

 

I guess I keep using Windows because it has always worked for me and the marketing practices don't bother me. I will keep buying a company's products until I'm turned off by their shady business practice or the product simply is garbage. I dont buy Sony products anymore because of their crap. I've boycotted HP (although now their PC division is being spun off so maybe there's hope again). I wanted to support Archos but they're a lost cause. I'm sick of seeing GoDaddy commercials so I won't use their services. Hey, I have my principles Wink haha

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It's funny my Dad is retired but builds custom computers and sells them for side money (and it's his hobby). He is an encyclopedia of computer knowledge. Myself on the other hand, I never really got into computers (other than using them) so my field of knowledge is tiny compared to his. I think I never really "got into" computers because I could never afford a good one. With what my Dad does though, I never have to buy a computer, haven't bought one in ten years. He just builds one with leftover parts (he does repairs and upgrades too) and gives me a "new" one about once a year.

That being said, all our computers use XP, which is fine because most of what we use them for is the internet.

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Office Engineering PC = Windows XP x64

Servers = Open Solaris (If you haven't discovered ZFS, You Should)

 

Home "Main" PC = Fedora Core

Home Laptop = Dual Boot Solaris Express & Windows 7 x64

Media Center Server & Clients = LinuxMCE

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Win 7 x64 on a SSD and overclocked quad i5. I just love peformance especiall it it's noiseless. Only 4Gb of ram but i find it more than enough.

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Router 2 Monowall Linux

Monowall is FreeBSD isn't it? Looks pretty nice, I've always admired it but never had the need to install it. Nice setup Vectrex!

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I built an XP system the summer prior to my junior year in college. Never done anything like it before and really didn't have much of an idea other than what I read online. I bought everything online, slapped it all together and it worked. I was happy enough Smile

 

Now I just want something that works and is affordable. Maybe I'll try a compact desktop build someday. For now my interest faded, just like it did with cars. 

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i have a pretty custom computer. running windows 7 64 bit.

ultra m998 case. the thing is huge, but wire management and working in it is great.

asus m4a7bt-e mother board with a amd athalon II x4 630 processor. i usually have it clocked around 2800mhz but have had it up over 3000 a few times playing, dont know the max i can get though

apevia warlock 750w psu. though i want to upgrade to an ultra modular psu. im very ocd on wire management

nzxt iu01 internal usb hub... this one is a must have for me, but im on my 2nd and both have been faulty. the usb headers work fine, but only one of the two usb ports them self on it work correctly. traded one in with no problem. the second they gave me the run around until it wasnt worth the time... but i still use it

ultra x2 cpu cooler. i was worried when i first installed it, my cpu usually ran at 37*c, and the 1st week after install it ran at 42*... now its back to 37* but dont get as high as quick as stock

other than that, i have installed a fan on the cpu air duct on the clear window, installed a higher flow, quieter fan in the rear, two uv 12" cold cathodes, replaced all(20 some) thumb screws with blue anodized thumb screws, 4gb corsair ram.......

 

all that and im typing on a power a dvd/gaming remote made for a ps3 because a spillage on my logitec wireless kbSurprised

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I am writing this on a  Mac PowerBook G4, vintage 2005. It pays for my flashlight addiction;-) Until the recent actions by Apple with 10.7 the useful service life of a Mac has really made it fit my budget DNA. Frankly, for most of the past 20 years I chuckle at the people that think Macs are expensive.  When I consider even a minimum wage value to my time for keeping things running and protecting from viruses etc, a Mac has been dirt cheap. Frankly I am no where near minimum wage so a Mac has really been an unbelievable bargain for me.

My other current Mac is a mini server from late 2010. Bang for the buck it for what it does -- not large server -- nothing else even comes close. Decent performance. Super energy efficient. Tiny footprint. Ok, multi-service WAN/LAN servers are not easy to administer period. However, this is about as easy as something that powerful comes.

That being said, I don't know what I will do in the future. It looks to me like Apple is becoming the Harley of computers. I'm basically a tool guy. I don't give a crap about image or lifestyle. I just want something that works. Not saying that new Apples won't work for people without history but for those of us with history Apple has just said they really don't give a hoot. They will do what they want to do and if it breaks everything I have done in the last 3 decades they simply don't care as there are plenty of new people willing to give them money so who cares what the small number of us who kept them alive think.

Used to be a Micorsoft snob but that was before windows. Can live with XP but don't like it. Too hard to do the easiest things. Wife has a Vista laptop that I finally got fed up with her complaining about and put Ubuntu on it. LOVE ubuntu when I get it settled in. However, when something changes or brakes it is really a major PIA. Certainly not up to Mac standards yet but overall much better in my experience than any version of windows that I have worked with. (Of course that is after resolving a couple of major PIA issues;-) Have yet to try windows 7.

 

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I can safely say that windows 7 is the best operating system to date from MS after dos 6.22. Works splendidly on older machines and does not slow down over time like it's predecessor XP (Vista was a joke, or perhaps a sloppy graphical interface test for win 7). The learning curve is easy.

Dislike what they are planning to do with windows 8. Operating system centered on a GUI that is designed primarily with touchscreen in mind. Blah!

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