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What's the best OS?
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I am getting a new computer soon if I'm good, but I have no idea what to get. This is not about which computer is the best, just which OS. HALP ME

Answered by AmazingMech2418 (1103) [earned 5 cycles]
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AmazingMech2418 (1103)

It's really your preference and based on what you need.

For example, if you need Windows-only proprietary software, Windows is your best move. For example, if you are focusing on MS Office editing or Autodesk software such as AutoCAD/Revit, you would want Windows since only Windows can run these without an emulator.

If you don't want Windows, your options are either Linux or BSD. Linux has more software, greater customization capabilities (with various desktop environments as opposed to a single one that comes shipped), and a greater user base for documentation purposes.

MacOS is a version of BSD too, but much more locked down, so only use if you want to use MacOS proprietary software, such as XCode.

If you want BSD, you also have fewer options, mostly FreeBSD, OpenBSD, or Darwin (MacOS). There are others, but they are less used.

If you want Linux, however, you have to choose between a bunch of distributions. Some of the most popular are Arch, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu. With these, you would want to do your research to find the best one for you when it comes to package managers, security, stability, etc. Ubuntu is usually the most popular because of how easy it is, but any of these options are good.

Lastly, if you choose Linux, you will need to set up a few other things. Your desktop environment is one. Popular DEs include Gnome, MATE, KDE, and Xfce4. I personally prefer KDE and Xfce4, but this is again a personal preference thing. You will also need to download the software you want. Some distributions come with recommended software, such as Ubuntu Studio which comes equipped with art and music software, but many, you will have to download the more advanced software yourself. (the basic file manager, terminal, etc. usually come included though)

There are a lot of options, but there is no objective "best". It really depends on what you want to do. Linux is a very popular choice because of its development transparency with it being open-source, extremely good security, and high software availability, and is the "best" to me personally, but what you choose is really just up to you!

Carnage498 (58)

if your into programming like it's said multiple times, linux. But if you want things that u like wanna play or stuff you can't do on mac then ofc windows. Then what if you want windows but also need a good programming environment, then get windows(again) because you can separately install ubuntu and VirtualBox and the stuff(that's what I do using a lenovo laptop and I added the linux stuff.)But MacOS is said to be safer then windows and I cannot deny that. It depends on requirment for you. according to your previous comments it seems window's might be suitable. Hope It Helps! ~ @Carnage498

QuickV (126)

I use windows, but you can use whatever you want. Depends on what your looking for.

FlappyTheBat (6)

I like Ubuntu - although if you're going to use that I'd recommend installing Windows first, then installing Ubuntu alongside Windows. This is due to lack of program compatibility on Ubuntu/Linux. Although, if you don't want to pay for Windows, don't pirate it.

MacOS is bad - in my opinion it's just Linux (lack of program support) but with all of the good stuff like being heavily customisable and open source taken out. Macs are overpriced anyway.

AmazingMech2418 (1103)

@FlappyTheBat MacOS is BSD, not GNU/Linux. XD

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AND DONT SAY macOS cuz u cant play amogus on there. thats a deal breaker for me

IMayBeMe (542)

@Aphmeta yes you can’t play among us on there which is unfortunate, but in all seriousness I cannot recommend macOS enough. The way it boosts your productivity is just amazing and the new MacBook Pros are super slick with the touch bar. Linux is good if you are super into programming, but I can’t really recommend windows. Sure windows might be the most popular, but that doesn’t make it good. It has a clunky old design which just doesn’t feel good to use.

xfinnbar (149)

Like FlappyTheBat says above, MacOS is very similar to Linux, with the good stuff like heavy customization taken away. Plus, you must own a Mac, which there is pretty much no way of getting a good GPU on. @IMayBeMe

IMayBeMe (542)

@xfinnbar true but I don’t see why you would need much of a gpu for programming at-least. Linux is overall very good also, it just seems not the most user friendly for general use

xfinnbar (149)

@IMayBeMe Distros like PopOS are very easy to use. You would need a good GPU for game development, blender plugin development or designing logos for programming projects.

IMayBeMe (542)

@xfinnbar yeah my mac sucks when it comes to doing anything with blender, and you are right when it comes to popOS

Coder100 (18915)

uh
the one your computer uses?

It depends on what you are looking for.
For example, if you have a mac, you are stuck with macos.
If you have almost any other computer, you have windows.

If you want to try out linux, maybe ubuntu?

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@Coder100 I meant I need a good OS, and ill get the computer based on the OS

Coder100 (18915)

what do you mean by a good os?
any os is good if it works @Aphmeta

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@Coder100 a good OS as in a good one just tell me one u recommend

Coder100 (18915)

i use windows

just use whatever you are already using, its probably already very good

remember: getting a new os is a lot like learning a new language, it's going to be confusing a lot of times @Aphmeta

SixBeeps (5348)

@Coder100

For example, if you have a mac, you are stuck with macos.

Uhh, Boot Camp?

SixBeeps (5348)

@Coder100 You can dual boot on a Mac using Boot Camp.

Highwayman (1503)

But the new Macs can't dual boot because of the m1 chip I thought @SixBeeps

SixBeeps (5348)

@Highwayman The process is a bit different from the normal chips (thanks Apple) but it is possible.

Highwayman (1503)

oh that's interesting; I kind of thought that there wasn't a build of linux for the m1 chip yet, though I guess I shouldn't really be surprised lol. @SixBeeps