Linked by David Adams on Mon 4th Oct 2010 19:32 UTC, submitted by Idefix
OSNews, Generic OSes Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do... Today, there's only one operating system: Unix (okay, there are two, but we'll get to that). This is why I contend that the OS doesn't matter - or that we need to take another look at the word's content, at what we mean when we say 'Operating System'.
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The OS matters if....
by rcsteiner on Mon 4th Oct 2010 22:01 UTC
rcsteiner
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2005-07-12

The OS matters if...

...your friend wants to play a multiplayer game against you, but the game company runs separate servers for each OS and your friend isn't running the same thing you're running.

...you want to legally obtain copies of a new OS, but you don't have a lot of money to spend.

...your machine slows down because your filesystem needs to be defragged. Again. WTF?

...your machine has an application going haywire and sucking up all your machine's resources and you can't get to a task manager or process manager to kill off the offender. This happens to me all the time with Firefox 3.6.x in Windows XP!

...you remember the good old days running some other platform, and it frustrates you to no end that the machine you've been given at work still can't do X after over 15 years!!!

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