Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer
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Poll: Desktop operating systems

Imagine for the purposes of this poll that I'm about to go and get a new laptop, to become the machine that I use pretty much all the time. Imagine that I'll use the machine as a standalone unit (not as part of a corporate network), and that I'll use it mostly for web browsing, reading and writing emails, general writing of stuff, storing and organising photos, and all that sort of thing. Imagine further that I'm currently platform-agnostic, and that I'm swift to learn my way around a system with which I'm previously unfamiliar. Finally, imagine that I'm going to make this purchase sometime in the next two or three months.

This is not an exercise designed to help me choose my next desktop OS. It's an exercise designed to bring to light any opinions on the matter that I haven't already heard, but don't be shy in voicing an opinion that I may already be familiar with.

Poll #951977 Choice of desktop OS on a new machine

So ... why should I ask for Windows Vista?

So ... why should I ask for Windows XP?

So ... why should I ask for Mac OS X?

So ... why should I ask for Linux?

So ... why should I seek to avoid Windows Vista?

So ... why should I seek to avoid Windows XP?

So ... why should I seek to avoid Mac OS X?

So ... why should I seek to avoid Linux?

This bit is sort of traditional.

I have a paper pad and a small bag of coloured pens.
1(4.8%)
We used to write our code on 80-column punched card
3(14.3%)
I forgot the question -- is there any chance of a cup of tea?
6(28.6%)
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