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What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

Apple claims Mac to be the most advanced OS, but I've heard that the combined efforts of creating Linux would be worth around a billion dollars. I wouldn't consider Windows to be visually stunning like Mac OS, but it's definitely a stable and highly usable platform (or maybe I'm biased).

By "advanced," I mean secure, fast, efficient, and usable. So I guess it has to do with both the kernel and the user interface (which is a bit subjective, but still).

So how well does Linux stack up next to its commercial counterparts? I would like to imagine it does so decently well. And is Mac OS really the most advanced OS? Even on the low-level kernel side? How do they all compare?

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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:32 AM

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I don't think the operating systems can be put into a line for comparison.
They have different uses and goals. What's good in one purpose might be a nuisance in another.

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Apple claims Mac to be the most advanced OS


This is sales talk, or have you ever heard about a company that states to be not quite the leading company of some business. :-D

Typically "secure", "fast" and "usable" tend to be contradictory traits.
Network is good for usability, but causes insecurity that in turn requires all kinds of checkers that eat up the speed.

Also, if there is very fast, efficient and secure OS that very few people have heard of, the SW market tends to be "unusably" small.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:29 AM

I'd agree that "most" advanced is hard to define unless you're defining for a particular group. For example, if you're a corporate IT guy then Windows will appear most advanced to you because it has the tools that you like, want and need. If you're an end user then the Mac has all that you need without the need for running AV software that can actually be used as a vector for malware, and unless you're dead set on using Windows habits to use the system most people find it easier to use. If you consider yourself technical, then you can do pretty much anything you like with any box, be it Linux, Mac, or Windows so then it's just a matter of what you like.

Personally, I've always been spectacularly underwhelmed by Windows so I'd find it easier to put that OS dead last than anywhere near the top of my list of preferred systems. I like the Mac OS because it does tend to "just work", but I can see why some would prefer Linux, although it puzzles me that they seem to think of its core as "superior" to Unix.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

View PostAVReidy, on 04 April 2012 - 10:48 PM, said:

And is Mac OS really the most advanced OS? Even on the low-level kernel side? How do they all compare?

I would say it compares rather well to FreeBSD, since this is the open source operating system they forked for their own development.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

But it is based upon UNIX, isn't it?
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:18 PM

BSD, it's UNIX!

A little history reading.

Also, fyi, software the doesn't use the Linux kernel is Unix. Unix operating systems use their own kernel, such as OpenBSD does not use FreeBSD's kernel, same with NetBSD & osx. They all use their own kernel. All Linux distributions use the Linux kernel, that's what makes it a Linux Operating system.

Therefor, anything that isn't Windows or osx, isn't just Linux by default.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:09 AM

Chorus is not Linux either. :rolleyes:
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

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I don't think Mac OS looks good at all, nor do I think it's very usable. I find Mac OS quite unintuitive compared to Windows or even Linux. Maybe I have just been using Windows for too long.

Windows has proved itself in many environments; business, home, office et cetera. It has unpresidented support for many types of hardware and a huge amount of software written for it for many purposes. From a developers point of view, Windows provides free access to many different libraries, API's and development environments. Most of which are professional, robust and well supported. By no means am I saying that Windows is the only OS do provide such things though, of course.

Bottom line for me, whenever I use other OS's (especially Mac OS), I always find myself missing the functionality and flexibility of Windows. From a developers perspective, I think that Windows > Linux > Mac.

Does no one else feel that Windows gives great support to developers? Surely, I can't be the only one who sees it this way.

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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

I find Windows 7 "visually stunning", well at least visually good looking (I don't really find any operating system "stunning").

I also find it very usable. I'm hesitant about calling it secure, though Windows has gotten better over the years. But I find nothing more secure then spinning up a virtual machine on my dedicated virtual server (usually some distro of linux), taking it out of my local network subnet, and doing any risque stuff there. If something goes horribly wrong, just burn the virtual disk and start over.

It's also a great way to just experiment in an operating system, or test out random bits of software I don't plan on keeping.

Back at Windows 7, it combined with linux makes for one hell of a computing experience for me. I've played with OSX as well, at it just never gave me anywhere near the experience Windows or Linux has every given me. Other *nix systems were nice as well (solaris, bsd, etc), but I always find myself back at linux because its community is the largest. And community is really what it's about for me... Windows and Linux are top dog in quality community resources.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

Seems like the term "advanced" is very arbitrary and thus prone to circlejerking.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:45 PM

During millions of years, many animal species "advanced" to extinction... :sarcasm:
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

I agree that Windows and Linux are fun to dual boot. I still look forward to getting a Mac for college, though. It can't hurt to have a computer that can (legally) run virtually any OS, can it? And I see Mac as having the good characteristics of both Windows and Linux (it's easy to use, and it's UNIX-based).

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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

you can virtually run virtually any os already.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

The most advanced operating system to date in the Commodore KERNAL. There are several indicators to support this claim.

Firstly, KERNAL ran on Commodore 64. 64, people. In other words, 2064. That's right, it was 80 years ahead of it's time. Not like crappy Windows 2000, this behemoth was 2064. 21 * 103 + 26. Astronomical.

Secondly, Commodore 64 outsold every other computer of it's time. To quote Wikipedia:

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For a substantial period of time (19831986), the C64 dominated the market with between 30% and 40% share and 2 million units sold per year,[7] outselling the IBM PC compatibles, Apple Inc. computers, and Atari 8-bit family computers.

It outsold IBM, outsold Apple, and Linux was so pathetic that it didn't even rate a mention. Linux could probably only count to 3 - 61 less than 64. Commodore 64 could count much much higher, and it had both graphics and sound. Graphics and sound could occur at the same time as well. Mind-blowing.

Thirdly, how many modern computers do you see running KERNAL nowadays? None, nada, zip, zero. There have been attempts to emulate the C64 OS, but none have come close. Sure, the emulators can run games, but where are the loading times?? Long loading times are an indication that the OS is being meticulous in validating data, and creating a perfect user interface without an unnecessary 8 mega-bits of pixels. If a player can be represented with an 8x8 sprite, make it so. That means there is far more memory available for the gruelling AI algorithms that C64 had at it's disposal.

Fourthly, the KERNAL boot time was tiny compared to modern OSs. This is largely because it used para-neural architecture, similar to a human brain crossed with the universe. This idea was later paid homage to in the Terminator franchise, where Arnold Schwarzenegger played a character that had eight times the brain power of the actor himself. If the Commodore KERNAL was to boot up another OS, it would do so in units of time measurable only with imaginary numbers, causing a tear in space-time itself. You would not survive, but the C64 would.

Fifthly, the in-built Commodore web browser was 100% safe. Because it didn't exist. And then when it did exist, no-one wrote malicious tools to target it. Because nobody used it. You couldn't look up porn, or have your credit-card details stolen, then two most horrific indicators of social degradation in the 21st Century. In fact I would say that the C64 browser was so safe, that it could display text describing a nuclear blast - and no-one who read it would be killed.

I hope upon reading this, you come to your senses, and stand behind the banner of the 64. You'd be stupid not to.
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Re: What is the most advanced operating system?

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

View Poste_i_pi, on 12 April 2012 - 10:58 PM, said:

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For a substantial period of time (1983–1986), the C64 dominated the market with between 30% and 40% share and 2 million units sold per year,[7] outselling the IBM PC compatibles, Apple Inc. computers, and Atari 8-bit family computers.

and Linux was so pathetic that it didn't even rate a mention. Linux could probably only count to 3 - 61 less than 64.


Linux wasn't even a mention of an idea on a newsgroup posting until 1991. Yeah, you'll post a fat zero when you don't exist.

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I hope upon reading this, you come to your senses, and stand behind the banner of the 64. You'd be stupid not to.

I'm sure you're familiar with the Microsoft copyright provided by WAIT 6502??
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