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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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Processing Speeds
  • Support Options
  • Can be used to operate multiple programs


  • Price
  • Security
  • Different User Types