There are 3 main operating systems for the personal computer – Apple OS/X, Windows, and Linux.
OS/X was developed and is being maintained by Apple. This operating system has been around a long time, and is best known for its intuitive user interface. OS/X is popular with the entertainment industry due to its superior graphics and the excellent video and audio editing software available. Many home users also like OS/X due to the resistance to viruses, simple operation, and support for basic computing needs – email, internet, digitial pictures, etc. In recent years, any shortcomings in terms of office software and other applications needed to make a mac a suitable computer for the average computer user have been addressed, and OS/X is now fully capable of doing anything a student or business computer user could wish. OS/X was originally based on linux, and still has many of the advantages of the stable linux core system.
Windows was developed and is being maintained by Microsoft. This operating system has also been around a long time, and is best known for support for typical needs of the home and business computer user – email, internet, office software, games, and also for being the target-of-choice for hackers and virus writers around the world. This continues to be a problem despite the advances in anti-virus and other computer security software. Another well-known issue with Windows is problems with the release of major new versions of the software.
Linuz was developed into a personal computer format from UNIX – an operating system for mainframe computers. It is known for its stability and the huge number of variations available for both mainstream and specialized usages. Linux offers a vast range of applications for both the home and business computer user – accounting, email, video & audio editing, internet, office gaming, web hosting, etc. There are also server versions designed to meet many business needs, and specialty versions for languages, teaching/education, scientific, multimedia, gaming, and too many others to list. Linux is a viable alternative to Windows and OS/X for both the home and business computer user with excellent support for office software, email, internet, multimedia, and peripherals such as printers and scanners. As a matter of fact, compudoc has made office calls at a couple of local businesses who use linux for running all of their business computers. During the early years of linux, hardware configuration (especially printers) was technically challenging, but plug-and-play setup of printers, scanners, and other accessories has become virtually automatic.