OK, I just purchased my new MacBook Pro yesterday, pre-installed with OS 10.5. Now that I have used Windows, Linux, and Mac, it’s time for my review of all of them.
Windows XP was a huge step up from the previous versions. It was a lot cleaner and easier to use than NT through 2000. It still had some major flaws, however. It was an extremely cluttered OS and it tended to get slower through time. It was inconsistent and none of the software was made by the same company or person. Networking is impossible on XP. Nothing seemed to really “work right” on XP, and all-in-all it was just another Microsoft product.
I give Microsoft Windows XP SP2 a rating of 5.5 out of 10
Ubuntu was a huge leap forward in Linux. It’s free, it’s useful, and the GUI is very well done. It still retains everything about a Linux/Unix machine, and it’s very easy to run it as a VM. They did well with program downloads, and it doesn’t tend to get as cluttered as other Linux OS’s. The drivers work surprisingly well for a Linux machine and it supports most devices. There are flaws, though. It can’t really be used as a server OS and the programs are very limited. It is extremely hard to install things sometimes and you need to as an IT professional on how to install things like AIM or Google Earth. Also, as any Linux machine, it doesn’t have enough big company backing to it, so they don’t write any drivers or software for it.
I give Linux Ubuntu 8.04 – Hardy Heron a 8.0 out of 10
Apple Macintosh OS X 10.5 - Leopard:
Mac has long been the small, consumer operating system, much known as a toy, but with OS X 10.5, it’s much more than that. The first thing that surprised me was the uncanny resemblance to Unix it had in it’s command line functions. Everything was there, an FTP client, server, the apt-get function worked, same as the sudo, su, useradd, adduser, deluser, and ssh commands. It is the ultimate multimedia powerhouse and it is extraordinarily fast. It also is perfect for work, with it’s many functions and programs such as a VNC and VPN servers, Microsoft Word, iWork, Python, and many more. I could go on and on about how Mac OS 10.5 is the perfect operating system on the market, and it deserves my highest rating of all three.
I give Apple Macintosh OS X 10.5 - Leopard a 9.5 out of 10