What operating system is the best? Best for what?
|There are many operating systems - read about
some (not all) of them here:
2 main operating systems types to learn:
• Windows and
It is easy to hate Windows:
There is a constantly updated diagram showing which OSs sucks - and
Similar graph is available to compare programming languages:
I also recommend very educational and entertaining reading on this famous site: Web Tools Review:
The minimal Unix can fit on one floppy disk (1.44 MB) - its kernel is small and very reliable (if used without X-windows, of course). MS Windows, on the contrary, takes the order of 100s MB, leaks memory, periodically dies on you. Thus, although I like Windows-2000 as a work-station, I would not recommend it as a production server. Unix will be a much better choice (more reliable, scalable, etc.).
Apple has its own "Mac OS X" based
on Unix (inherited from Steve Job's Next-station's OS).
• http://www.simongrant.org/web/eco.html - the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant.
There are many other OSs ( www.be.com
- BeOS, VMS (VAX), Mainframe, OSs for hand-held devices, etc.).