New poll: Which operating system will you be using a year from now ?

by Volker Weber

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If I look at my logs it is pretty clear what kind of operating systems my visitors are using. Three out of four are on some version of Windows, one in five is on Mac OS X, one in twenty on Linux, and the rest is just a few hits each.

However, the Mac slice has grown since Christmas, and a new version of Windows will be released real soon now. So the question is: What will you be using a year from now? And by that I mean: for the computer where you have a choice. Not the one that your employer gives you.

Pretty surprising results:

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[Results of the last poll]


My private computer will run Mac OS X, the computer my employer gived me for my hours on duty is under my control and will run Linux in 99% of the time. The last 1% is a minimal WIN XP Installation if a customer insists to see evidences that it works under windows.

So, you should add +1 to Linux and +1 to Windows XP in mind when making the final account ;)

Olaf Baumert, 2007-01-09

Olaf, you will have to pick your favorite. :-)

Volker Weber, 2007-01-09

This war is over. Gates has fired a serious volley already in the next, which will be over the "os" and firmware tools that run robotics as that industry goes head over heels into consumerland.

Andrew Pollack, 2007-01-09

If I needed any confirmation I was weird, this would be it I guess.

I have just yesterday updated from Opensuse 10.0 to 10.2 and using VMware, I run Linux on my desktop exclusively and emulated XP frequently (to sync my BB). Anyone not having looked at Linux lately seriously should look at it. If you are of course used to eye candy and your last desktop was a Mac, forget it. I owned a Mac once, too so I think I know what I am talking about. No sense in moving from Mac OS to Linux (it's BSD, anyway)

10.2 is really nice and polished, it runs everything I need and what does not run, I can emulate. Life is good.

P.S.: The war is far from over...

Sascha Siekmann, 2007-01-09

Hey Sascha a name from the past!! You still hanging around in the cc:Mail discussion database :-p

I think the issue for LINUX going forward is the issue UNIX suffered from, too many choices. People like easy decisions, the decision to dump windows may be easy, but then they have the decision of which Linux distro to use. Most consumers have no idea, I'm not a consumer and neither do I.

You still hanging around in the cc:Mail discussion database :-p

Carl Tyler, 2007-01-09

Well, it's evenly split between Linux and Mac OS X for me with a negligible amount of XP thrown in. So no vote this time for lack of application flexibility ;)

Stefan Rubner, 2007-01-09

<hint>Cocoa apps in a compat-ABI on Linux would definately rule</hint> ;-)

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2007-01-09

100% Windows at work but at home....

I switched from Windows to Linux (first Redhat, then Mandrake, then Fedora) in 2000. In 2004 I got a 12" Powerbook G4 and have been using it since.

I don't think there's anything that'll make me go back to Linux. It's hard enough being a Mac user when it comes to software compatibility and games. Under Linux I had to worry about whether someone made a driver for a piece of hardware I'm buying too. Bleh.

I'll likely be running OSX in 2008. I might be running it on the same Powerbook G4 too.

Scott Gentzen, 2007-01-09

LOL @ Carl - those were the days, mate! I bet those Notes guys were not too impressed when they merged the cc:Mail and the Notes discussion databases ;-)

Just exchanged email with a friend who charges 350$ for an hour of cc:Mail consulting... WOW!

Sascha Siekmann, 2007-01-09

@Sascha - but he only works 10 hours a year :-)

Imagine what is was like when cc:Mail, Notes and SmartSuite were merged!

Carl Tyler, 2007-01-09

I voted OS X because that's my desktop computer and I plan on buying a mac mini with Leopard, but I would be at a loss without my reliable Ubuntu server. =)

Philipp Sury, 2007-01-09

My Omniweb never lied to (pretending to be IE on XP), as it does with other sites ;-)

Armin Roth, 2007-01-10

ah... yes.... Maybe I hit you out of Parrallels sometimes, when not watching closely what I am doing (some weird stuff my company prescribes as being necessary for analysts runs only on Win, like expense sheets and kinky proprietary VBS oddities) ;-)

Armin Roth, 2007-01-10

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