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Are there any other good operating systems besides Windows, Mac, and Linux?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7858 points ) January 31st, 2011
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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Unix comes to mind.

phaedryx's avatar

Haiku has potential (but it is still alpha right now).

Glow's avatar

Maybe Ubuntu? But don’t take my word for it :P

www.ubuntu.com

Vortico's avatar

Unix inspired Linux but is now obsolete for the most part. Ubuntu is Linux.

There are zillions of other OS’s, but I personally haven’t run into a non-UNIX-based system I’ve liked.

the100thmonkey's avatar

This is an odd question.

Windows is not a monolithic operating system, – there are at least three variants in wide circulation at the moment – XP, Vista and 7. The same is true, to a lesser extent, with Apple’s operating systems. However, MacOS represents closely-related variants of Apple’s proprietary Unix.

“Linux” should not be conflated with “operating system” either – it is a veritable menagerie of operating systems running on everything from supercomputer clusters to cable desktop boxes to phones (Android). Linux is itself a Unix-impersonator (or derivative, depending on your point of view)

Vortico's avatar

Also, by “good operating systems”, for what purpose of the operating system would you base this opinion? Obviously the Android OS would not be very optimal to use on a supercomputer, just as the Cray Linux Environment would be pointless to use on a personal desktop computer.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

I once did a lot of programming for a compact OS called vXworks. It’s used primarily on realtime embedded systems. It has some competition from Linux. I’ve heard good things about Chrome, but I haven’t tinkered with it personally.

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