Comparison of Ubuntu, Windows and Mac
There are three popular operating systems being used today and they are Microsoft Windows, Mac and Ubuntu. The most popular and most widely used operating system is Microsoft’s Windows, which was introduced in 1985. Second to that is Apple’s Mac OS, which was introduced in 1984. And last but steady growing and certainly not the least, Ubuntu/Linux based operating systems, with Ubuntu introduced in 2004 and the actual kernel, Linux was conceived in 1991. The market share is fairly unfair with Windows being used by 90% of desktop computers, 7% for Mac OS and 1.3% for Linux based operating systems. However, the last has been steadily increasing since 2012. Let’s see some comparison among the three most popular operating systems, Windows, Mac and Windows.
The most popular and most widely used operating system for desktop computers, Microsoft Windows can be seen through home, office, industries, banks and more. However, with the rise of mobile devices, it lost against Linux based Androids and Apple’s iOS operating systems.
It has the widest number of software to choose from as most games are created solely for the Windows Operating system. In addition to that, it also has the widest number of designing software, editing software, office software and more. It’s also used by POS systems, banking systems, schools and even home users.
Its popularity has its own downside such as high number of viruses and hacking attempt. It also comes with a very high price tag and it uses a lot of system resources because of the need for additional pieces of software like firewall and antiviruses.
Many computer newbies don’t know that Mac is actually a year older than Microsoft’s Windows. In fact, it’s the first successful graphical operating system that was released a year before Windows came to life.
Because Mac is not as popular as Windows, viruses and hackers often leave it behind, targeting only Windows machine, thus making it less vulnerable to viruses. Mac needs Apple devices to run, thus hardware compatibilities are almost insignificant and you can expect that it will run smoother compared to Windows based machine installed on a fairly mid-level system.
However, it’s really expensive compared to Windows. In addition to that, you can’t install Mac on a non-apple computer, thus making it much more expensive as we all know that Apple computers really pack a punch in its price tag. In addition to that, if you love playing PC games, you might just want to purchase a Windows machine instead.
We all know that Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux flavor out there, thus making it the largest community. That means you can expect a lot of technical documentation and meet a number of friendly people online. Linux if free so is Ubuntu and you don’t need to pay a dime to install it on a thousand machines. You can even modify it with your own preferences if you have the skills.
Ubuntu’s UI looks great and it runs smoother compared to Windows on the same machine. It’s also very customizable, allowing you to change its user interface completely if you want to. Plus, with Valve’s move to launch steamOS, a Linux based operating system; we can see a large number of AAA games being ported to the Linux systems.
However, if you need more productivity, then Ubuntu might not be the one for you. It’s also a bit more complicated to use compared to the two and might need a bit more learning curve to be heralded as an Ubuntu power user.