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There, thread cleaned up. From now on behave or I'll be forced to close the thread.
I've used windows all of my life, my first being windows 3.1. Then 95, 98, XP and now 7 ... the first time i've ever used a mac was recently, at school, where they have these fancy, huge-screen IMacs. I'm not gonna lie, they are pretty nice looking and sleek, if not intimidating and confusing at first.
As others have said, i'd say there are strengths to both pc's and macs, and that one isn't necessarily better than the other - it depends on what you use it for. I'm not any kind of Microsoft fangirl, but Windows 7 (at least to me), is pretty nice, and I enjoy it. I'd also enjoy having a mac one day ... when I can afford it. ^^;
Who "wins" the "battle" is a matter of opinion.
Last edited by Miss Moonlight; 04-09-2011 at 12:17 PM.
That Apple only has to design for their hardware does make stability easier to achieve, yes, but viruses are a matter of (1) market share, (2) design philosophy, execution and vestigial features of an OS, and (3) user behavior. Malware usually has little to do with drivers, etc.Mac software is specifically designed to work with the hardware already installed in their computers. Whereas Windows will work on everything and has a better chance of getting a virus or crashing.
Kernel, not kernal. By the by, IBM does a lot of unix work, from AIX to Linux, so I'm not sure what you're getting at. The IBM PC, perhaps, but that's more a historical matter than of contemporary interest in itself.Unix Kernal makes it superior. People aren't familiar with it and are with IBM, therefore people create viruses for Windows because it's what they know.
Unix-type systems have ruled computing for much, much longer than anything else, even more so a few years back. The only people who aren't familiar with the ideas of unix aren't likely to be terribly talented, knowledgeable, crafty villains of the digital age. Heck, for a while in the eighties, even Microsoft sold a unix system they called Xenix, and sold a lot of it.
Windows (1) has market share on personal computers and (2) has a lot of vestigial features from single-user, non-networking predecessors, and doesn't handle a hostile network very well- like the Internet can be. Users tend to be gullible, imprudent tools, too, but that's true no matter the OS, because people tend to be too bold on a computer and on a network.
For more powerful computers, like mainframes and servers, unix-type systems actually have the market share advantage over Windows, yet Windows still tends to be easier to crack open. It's just not a terrifically secure system.
Ah, but only on desktops- as far as industry reports show, anyway (but I digress). On the big, bad, beefy machines like servers, mainframes and supercomputers (link), Windows is terrifically outclassed in market share, yet Windows still gets hit by malware and exploits more often. Linux/BSD aren't really spectacular so much as Windows security and stability is shamefully bad.Originally Posted by Furore
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Also, why does there need to be some sort of lame "battle"? there are people who enjoy using macs and PC's daily. There are people who like them both. Comparisons are fine, when people bash one system over the other, it's just pointless.
In my opinion, Mac isn't superior. For one, it hates JAR and ZIP files and won't run those little desktop things, nor will it several other widget whatchamacallits.
My screensavers, for example, wouldn't work on their either. ( I blame Square Enix. )
Mac might be all nice and pretty, but I prefer W7 and XP.
^ I'd die mentally if this became a battle and pull out immediately. >U Don't like those kinds of threads unless you're supposed to be doing it.
There are advantages and disadvantages that we can comment on both Mac and Windows though I'm sure a lot of people here are more into Windows because Mac is too expensive to buy and a lot of games are compatible on Windows operating system.
No it isn't. There is no superior OS. It is all a matter of personal needs and preference. I personally use OS X Lion, but that doesn't make it superior to Windows 7, Symbian, ChromeOS, BSD, Gentoo, Dybian or DSL.
There is superiority if one looks solely at what they want from their OS and compares the ability of those available to meet their needs. Well for an individual anyway. I mean some people dislike resource hogging visuals and like the ability to have more control over every facet of their experience while others just want something pretty that has intuitive graphic based installations of their favourite commonly bought word processor and has card games preinstalled.
The only real losers here are those that choose their OS solely on brand and run their mouths off about it with no experience of the competition.
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I agree that Mac OS is a virus free but it is very expensive when you will buy computer package from them and you cannot upgrade the components of the hardware too.
Why I don't buy Macs:
I don't want to have to buy a whole new computer when one piece of hardware dies.
I'll stick to having interchangeable parts, kthx
PCs and macs use the same hardware, macs are more expensive, and offers a smaller range of software. Unless of course you install Windows on a Mac, then you've essentially got an overpriced PC with a Mac case.
Macs have interchangeable parts, I upgraded the RAM on both my Mac mini and MacBook Pro, they also have interchangeable storage, though on the unibody Mac mini it is quite an endeavor.
Either way, we are discussing software not hardware prices, I don't see how that is relevant. Also, web apps? really? you will trust everything to the web? not that most web apps aren't glorified toys...
When discussing OSes no OS is superior, but to resort to FUD is not the proper way to carry an argument.
Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security
Eric Schmidt: get a Mac if you want to be secure
The virus problem has largely been due to Windows lacking user accounts in any meaningful sort of way. This has meant that any application can do anything it feels like to the system, that is, a security breach in any application on the compute means a virus can do whatever the hell it feels like. With proper user accounts (and people that don't use the admin account for day-to-day business), as all modern operating systems support (as well as any UNIX system), writing viruses is a whole lot more difficult. Doesn't really matter if more people are targeting a specific platform.
This is a review of OS X Lion by the one and only Paul Thurrott
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