The Never-Ending Battle (MacOS vs Windows 10 vs Linux)

The never-ending fight to win the PC space continues. The MacOS, Windows and Linux releases have all made a dent in the personal computing space, but Windows somehow is killing it with its 89.8% market share, with MacOS following at 8.71% and Linux at 1.49% (Source: Net MarketShare).

All the three OS are high quality, updated regularly and have easy to use user interfaces. All the OS are also trusted by the public. The simple reason why windows kills, it is Apples’ closed ecosystem approach with MacOS. Microsoft allowed hardware manufactures to use windows directly, while Apple kept its ecosystem tightly closed.

Linux has an image of being a techie/nerdy OS (i.e., harder to use because of its dependence on console) which makes not so techie people hesitate to choose this OS.

According to me, all the OS are great, and you can choose anyone. Just keep in mind that Linux is a free OS so computers with Linux are much cheaper than Windows and MacOS machines.

While a good Linux machine will cost you around INR 50,000, Windows might run you upwards of INR 80,000, MacOS machines will make a hole in your pocket with the cheapest machine, MacBook Air 2018 starting at INR 1,14,900 💰.

The question remains MacOS or Windows or Linux?

Ahhh… See it’s complicated.

Here, I’ve made a list of features I like about each OS and which user it’s suites the best.

Linux

Linux is a well-balanced, being a light OS, it can run on almost any set-off hardware. It doesn’t hog a lot of system resources. This is the reason people love using it on servers.

It also is a developer’s best friend, as most popular development tools are built-in, and you can start using them from point zero.

Linux is open source, it’s free, regular updates are guaranteed by its big and dedicated community.

If any bugs show up, they’ll be resolved soon.

Many question the security of Linux systems as the source code is freely available and can be modified to suit one’s needs.

The deal breaker for most buyers seems to be the user interface, which is a little difficult to navigate. The UI is improving with updates.

Apart from that, the installation can be a bit tricky, as most hardware manufactures prioritize Windows and MacOS with driver updates.

Windows

Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 8.1, and was released to manufacturing on July 15, 2015, and broadly released for retail sale on July 29, 2015.

We all know it Windows is like Vladimir Putin, very famous but you don’t know if its evil or not. 🤔

The biggest advantage Windows has had over Linux is its better user interface.

It’s updated regularly, although updates are a pain in the butt and sometimes, they don’t go smoothly (*cough: October 2018 update*), at least you know there will be updates and security patches to keep you up to date and safe.

Not having a big community hurts windows as they occasionally have to delay update releases.

System resources are also a factor you need to consider when buying Windows machines as you need a minimum of four gigabyte of RAM to even be able to run Windows 10, realistically though I would suggest you shouldn’t cheap out when buying a Windows machine.

Here is my ideal bang for buck specifications for Windows machines:

  • RAM: 8 GB or more.
  • CPU: Intel i5 (5th gen) or higher.
  • Storage: 1 TB (If not using cloud).
  • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels or better.
  • Sound: Budget Anusar (According to your budget).

You can always and should always invest in a Bluetooth speaker, plus if you still have money to spend use it to buy good peripherals, they’ll pay off in the long run.

Some peripherals manufacturers I suggest are: Logitech, Corsair, Razer, SteelSeries and Cooler Master.

Developers don’t lose anything by choosing Windows, all the development environments you need can be downloaded and run independently, unlike Linux.

Most things come at a premium in the Windows world, but the easy to use User Interfaces make most of them worth it.

Windows is also at the centre of Cyber Attacks as it the most popular OS of the world. If you use trustworthy sources to download, you’ll be safe.

MacOS

The family of Macintosh operating systems developed by Apple Inc. includes the graphical user interface-based operating systems it has designed for use with its Macintosh series of personal computers since 1984, as well as the related system software it once created for compatible third-party systems.

In 1984, Apple debuted the operating system that is now known as the “Classic” Mac OS with its release of the original Macintosh System Software. The system, rebranded “Mac OS” in 1996, was preinstalled on every Macintosh until 2002 and offered on Macintosh clones for a short time in the 1990s. Noted for its ease of use, it was also criticized for its lack of modern technologies compared to its competitors.

If Windows is Vladimir Putin, then MacOS is like Kim Jong-un, it wants to dictate the computing industry and wants everyone else to follow its lead.

Today the proprietary MacOS is used across all Apple computers.

MacOS and Windows are similar in the sense that they both copied Xerox PARC researchers’ innovations 🤐 (Source: Business Casual) to create the Graphical user interface.

The best part about being a MacOS user is the deep integration Apple has with all it’s devices which make life easy for a consumer.

My recommended machine for MacOS users remains the specked-out version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018.

Even with MacOS developers do not miss out on any development environment, you can download and run IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment) independently, like Windows.

Almost nothing in the Apple world is free, you must pay a premium to access the great first party and third-party software.

MacOS is generally considered to be the safest OS as it has strong filters, but you should still use only trustworthy sources to download.

Conclusion

According to me, you should choose:

  1. Linux: If you are a developer or are on a strict budget, and can compromise on the user interface.
  2. Windows: If you are an average user or someone who needs the ease of use that user interfaces bring to the table.
  3. MacOS: If you need something fluid and comparatively more secure than Windows and Linux.

At the end of the day, it’s your work that the OS should make easy. So, choose wisely.


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Arpit Choudhary

Cars and bikes have fascinated me since I was seven. I’m a young Entrepreneur, Computer Scientist and Blogger. Follow Me: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube | Pinterest

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