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What is your desktop OS of choice?

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  7% 46 votes
  45% 273 votes
Mac OS
  1% 8 votes
Mac OS X
  23% 140 votes
  1% 11 votes
Windows 3.x/9x
  1% 7 votes
Windows 2000/NT/XP
  17% 105 votes
  1% 6 votes
596 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Felt very strange saying Linux there, but I've been that way ever since I saw Red Hat 7.1 with GNOME last year. That's when I actually said, "You know, I could replace my Macintosh now." Then when my Mac died in April, I had no choice. :) It's alive again, but along the way I switched to my Debian laptop for everything including email.

    It's a little bit sad to leave Apple's OS, but I still use their hardware. :) Ironic though that I left at the same time many of you were first arriving.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • Three guesses who the one MacOS user is. :)

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I'm on Linux nowadays, but if I had Apple hardware lying around, it might be a different story.

    The poll is a bit skewed since it includes a HW/SW *platform*, Macintosh, along with several operating systems that share the same hardware platform.

  • Actually, while Linux (currently RH7.3) is my OS of choice, I am required by my employer to run Win2K - VMware to the rescue!
    • Lately I've been using rdesktop (a libre unix client for MS Terminal Server) to access my job-required (shudder) NT 5.0 box from happy NetBSDland. I rarely use the KVM switch these days.
  • I chose Linux, because that's my workhorse. However, at the office, in addition to Linux, I use it on WinNT, Win2K, WinXP, and Solaris.

    If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.

    • I use linux (debian) at work only. The very very very few times I need windows I boot up a vmware image of 98. At home I run both w2k and linux, windows for gaming only (why can't they port counter-strike, broodwar and grand theft auto3 to linux so I can get rid of it :) )
  • I just got a Mac, and I must say so far I am not impressed. It just feels clunky, I still prefer KDE over Aqua. I seem to use the mouse a lot more on the Mac. I guess I just need to get used to it, but I am not sure why I should spend much time trying.

    • After having GNU/Linux as my desktop OS for a few years I got a Mac with Mac OS X and I must say that I can see why many people think that it (Mac OS X) is the better desktop OS. (I just love having a terminal with *real* transparency :)

      However, I can't see myself producing any quality code using Mac OS X. Under GNU/Linux I use LarsWM [] as window manager, which is extremely minimalistic. I hardly ever need my mouse then. There isn't a regular way of moving windows using the mouse, actually. So since I'm use

  • The power of Unix, the joy of Mac. 'nuff said.

    It's official... God is mocking us. -- Dante from Clerks, the Cartoon
  • isn't Linux desktop users below 5 percent
    What happened to the MS Windows World Dominance

    Someone is cheating on this poll "G"
    • It's me. No, really! I've been able to vote at least 4 times in this poll... once per day. I'm not sure why it lets me keep voting. Shame on me, but I just wanted to see if it would actually count the vote each time.
      • <aol />

        I think I'm two of the three currently counted BeOS fans :-)

        ...well, it did say "desktop OS of choice". it's not my fault the most interesting one died...



    • But this is a Perl forum. I wouldn't mind betting Linux > Win within perl users.
      • Yep, several reasons for this...
        • All major *n?x distros come with Perl. Windows not only doesn't come with Perl, but looking for Windows software doesn't usually result in finding Perl, and none of the Windows tech books talk much about Perl, either.
        • People who write Perl are usually somewhat technically inclined; there are Windows users who are technically inclined, but they are in the minority. Notice also that NT beat out 9x, even though Windows 98SE alone has way
        -- jonadab
  • I'd choose Linux for just about everything, Windows for games. Strangely, my employer makes me use Win2K, but I'm running GIMP, Activestate Perl, Apache 1.2, and telnetting into a *nix shell account so it's almost as good, but for the occasional memory leaks.
    • Sort of same here, except that I had to leave a few "serious" apps to Windows too. To be specific, video capture (a serious Linux video infrastructure is nowhere near refined, and nvrec is not yet perfect) and scanning (%#@$%! One would expect that Canon, being a big company and making good hardware and stuff, would cooperate with SANE folks, but noooo...)

      For everything else, there's always Linux. And games are coming to Linux, too =)


      - Lupine Technomancer from the Cold North

  • I work at a unix startup, and I spend my time writing perl scripts. Thing is, I've got to use a Windows box to telnet to various servers. I'd love to try using Linux as my main desktop machine, but all I can get is a lousy 150 mhz SGI O2 that barely runs Netscape.

    This .sig is brought to you by the letter B and the number 4.

    • I wouldn't dare run linux as my desktop (still some important toys that don't run yet), cause it's tooo friggin' slow (with an athlon xp 2100+ even). Right now, it just cannot beat the performance I get out of Win2000. (don't talk to me about "performance tuning", it's gotta run perfect out the box, and all my toys gotta play)
  • Hasn't this poll been going long enough by now?