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Popular Operating Systems . By: Jessica Hastie. What is an Operating System?. A group of programs that manage all activities on the computer - controls input devices - processing - outputs. Next I will be reviewing the attributes of three popular operating systems. Windows.

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Popular operating systems

Popular Operating Systems

By: Jessica Hastie

What is an operating system

What is an Operating System?

A group of programs that manage all activities on the computer

- controls input devices

- processing

- outputs

Windows operating systems

  • Highly compatible

  • Feature – rich

  • Large selection of software applications

  • Optimized memory usage to ensure a fast and reliable performance

  • Quick and easy to navigate

  • Been redesigned for better power management through:

    * reducing background activities

    * Less power-hungry media drive

    * Auto screen dimming

    * Automated removal of power to unnecessary ports

Pros operating systems

  • More then 80% of the desktop computers in the world run some sort of Windows operating system.

  • There is a large supply of Windows hardware and drivers.

  • Most widely supported operating system for games.

  • Large shareware and freeware application library.

  • Multiple support options.

Cons operating systems

  • The most prone operating system for spyware and virus applications.

  • High probability that you will need support.

  • General instability because of the number of possible configurations.

  • Poor security.

  • It can’t be modified for your own use.

Mac operating systems

  • Used by a range of casual buyers to computer professionals

  • Continually updated every year with new features

  • Runs on Macintosh computers only

  • Has been around since 1984 when the first Macintosh was introduced

  • Mac OS was completely revamped in 2001

    * based on the same kernel as UNIX but has more advanced administrative features and utilities

    * still consists of easy to use Apple software that customers expect

Pros operating systems

  • Minimal technical maintenance needed

  • Content creation is its strength

  • More secure than Windows

  • Tight control over the configuration options

  • Almost no spyware or virus applications.

  • More powerful than Windows due to its UNIX base.

  • You have almost complete access to the enormous library of free open source applications.

Cons operating systems

  • More expensive upfront compared to the other systems

  • Not as many support options

  • Less hardware choices than Windows.

  • More complex than Windows because its UNIX base.

Linux operating systems

  • An operating system that was developed by collaboration

  • Today Linux is the fastest growing operating system

  • Contains all the required features of the to date desktop PC’s: firewalls, corporate file servers, routers and internet servers

  • It’s compatible with all common UNIX software

Pros operating systems

  • Free software

  • Strong security so you don’t need home security system

  • You have the ability to change what you want when you want

  • Designed to do multiple tasks at the same time

  • Ideal for older computers that have difficulties with other operating systems

  • Open source software

Cons operating systems

  • You will have a hard time getting help with computer issues

  • The user interface isn't as innovative and complex

  • Most computer games aren't supported

  • Operating system can be uncertain and problematic

  • Need prior programming information for any problems

Similarities operating systems

  • Processing Speeds

  • Support Options

  • Can be used to operate multiple programs


  • Price

  • Security

  • Different User Types