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PC Operating Systems by Mind Map: PC Operating Systems

1. Definition:

1.1. An operating system (OS) is software (programs and data) that provides an interface between the hardware and other software

1.2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system

2. Windows7

2.1. Pros:

2.1.1. Most popular operating system

2.1.2. Easy to use – I think, this is because most computer users started their computing with Windows and are familiar with it. However, for a hard core Linux user, Windows may be difficult to use, cluttered, unorganized Operating System.

2.2. Cons:

2.2.1. Doesn’t come pre installed with good applications – All the applications – yes, no exceptions – provided in Windows OS are inferior to other commercial or even freeware alternatives. So you need to install good applications, may be even pirated softwares for doing common tasks.

2.3. http://blog.hafees.com/windows/windows-linux-and-mac-a-comparison/

3. Apple, OS X

3.1. Cons:

3.1.1. Though, based on open source operating systems, it is still proprietary.

3.1.2. The Operating system is limited to a specific platform

3.1.3. Cost of ownership is high – User is not free to try it out by paying for the operating system alone, instead the user is forced to buy new hardware at premium prices.

3.2. http://blog.hafees.com/windows/windows-linux-and-mac-a-comparison/

4. Linux: Ubuntu

4.1. Pros:

4.1.1. Excellent community – Most of the Linux distributions (or simply called as a distro), especially Ubuntu has excellent community support. So if you ran into a problem, just seek help from the community.

4.1.2. Frequently updated – A good Linux distribution changes its version atleast twice every year. Compare that with Microsoft Windows. How many years in between the release of Windows XP & Windows Vista.

4.2. Cons:

4.2.1. Updating / Installing additional package can be difficult if you do not have an internet connection. While it is extremely easy to update/install packages if you’ve an internet connection, it may be very difficult if you don’t have one because of the possible package dependency issue. So you need to manually install all dependency packages before installing your desired package.

4.3. http://blog.hafees.com/windows/windows-linux-and-mac-a-comparison/

5. Mac, OS X

5.1. Pros:

5.1.1. Stable & Secure – I didn’t mean it is more stable than Linux, Linux is also stable if you don’t install any experimental package. But I have to agree that, with all the eye-candy Mac OS X is stable as any Linux distro – this cannot be true with Linux. You have to decide between eye-candy interface or stable OS, not both – well, at least until this time. Regarding security, it is considered as one of the best – but some tests conducted on Mac reveals that it is also vulnerable to attacks but it is less targeted by hackers (only below 5% of people use mac).

6. Google: Chromium

6.1. Google developers began coding the operating system in 2009, inspired by the growing popularity and lower-power consumption of netbooks, and the realization that these small laptops had gotten their name from their primary use: accessing the Internet. To ascertain demand for an operating system focused on netbook Web transactions, the company eschewed the usual demographic research generally associated with a large software development project. Instead, engineers have relied on more informal metrics, including monitoring the usage patterns of some 200 Chrome OS machines used by Google employees.

6.2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome_OS