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herrmag

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What is your favorite operating system and why? Honestly, I'm a microsoft guy that has really gotten into the different versions of UNIX over the years. I think Solaris is great, I ABSOLUTELY HATE IRIX (die already, damn US government prolonging its death), and some of the Linux variants are good too. So, what's your favorite? I still think Windows beats them all hands down on an "average user" basis, but obviously it is weak compared to the Unix variants for anyone that knows what they're doing.

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For the MAC users, and this is NOT a shot at you guys.....I recently have a MAC at work, that I must administer. Occasionally, I run into problems, and I check message boards for assistance. Most pre-Mac OSX users have no idea what they're doing outside of the GUI. But, the beauty of MAC OS X is what is in the kernel, and the ability to manipulate everything just as you would a UNIX system. So my question is, are you guys Unix people, or did you learn Unix because you love MACs? Again, I'm not attacking anyone, I'm honestly curious. OS X is a great OS, and far more powerful than windows (but let's not get into networking, any Unix based OS loses....for now...).

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For the MAC users, and this is NOT a shot at you guys.....I recently have a MAC at work, that I must administer. Occasionally, I run into problems, and I check message boards for assistance. Most pre-Mac OSX users have no idea what they're doing outside of the GUI. But, the beauty of MAC OS X is what is in the kernel, and the ability to manipulate everything just as you would a UNIX system. So my question is, are you guys Unix people, or did you learn Unix because you love MACs? Again, I'm not attacking anyone, I'm honestly curious. OS X is a great OS, and far more powerful than windows (but let's not get into networking, any Unix based OS loses....for now...).

Don't you talk any crap about my OS man! :redpunch: :redpunch: :redpunch:

I dunno why anyone would perceive this as a shot at anyone, but I learned unix cause I loved Macs. Pre mac OS X did suck and I think thats why a lot of people still have their heads up their cornholes about it, they assume that if its a Mac OS it must suck because of what they know of pre OS X.

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MiCrOsOfT WiNdOwS Xp......ErRor.....CrAsH....

Error, crash yes.............But what would you run your network on? In fact, aside from Novell, who else has an effective software suite to support your business-based network? Yes, there's a couple, but Active Directory revolutionized the computing world. Everyone's quick to attack microsoft, and in some particulars, rightfully so. But Microsoft has revolutionized our lives. I just don't like when people dismiss a good product simply because it's trendy. And sorry Brice, not going after you, but I listen to users all day tell me how much Microsoft sucks. Meanwhile, they couldn't figure out how to copy a file from one directory to another in a Unix-based OS

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I use a mac at work (for design, minimal Unix knowledge), but I administer two networks there too. One is Samba based, with windows, mac osx and linux, the other is in a seperate location with windows.

I prefer samba for networking. It is more reliable. Harder to configure, but the smallest kink will fudge up a windows network. It drives me nuts...

So in light of that, I think I dig osx. I am just learning how to get into it and picking up some unix terminology. So it's sort of like starting over...

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I've administered/used too many unix flavors to name and most pc O/S. Unicos (Cray) is by far the worst. I celebrated the day we retired our J90. I guess it's more the interface with the hardware (IOS) than the O/S, but Crays are a pain in the butt. Irix (SGI) was sweet in comparision. HPUX sucked too. Of the linux varieties, I probably like Debian the best. I love the packaging system. But it's not as "commerical" in appearance as SUSE or Redhat/Fedora.

I'd probably say my favorite is Debian/Ubuntu. Debian is a little slow on releasing new versions, but I use testing and experimental on workstations and stable on the servers so that isn't much of an issue. I actually like the slow release for the servers. I just want security issues addressed. I don't want to reconfigure/debug the MTA every month.

Most of our users are PhD's in engineering so Debian is great. For the non-technical staff, Windows XP.

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I'm anti windows, well not really but I prefer Linux. I'm running one PC with Debian, one with Windows XP, one laptop with Win2k Professional and one laptop with WIN ME and a digital picture frame running DOS. I do most of my websurfing and so on, on my Debian machine which also runs my webserver, my mp3 shoutcast server and my proxy server. I run my radio shoutcast off my XP machine.

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So use the command prompt in OSX. :laugh:

OSX ROCKS. :applause:

That's what I was getting at. Typing in those ridiculously named directories in MAC OS X can become cumbersome (Unlike natural BSD that, for the most part, uses the generic naming conventions of most Unix OS's). Of course, if I was less lazy, I'd create more links to the directories I use often.

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I must admit. I love myself some Windows ME, you know it's just something about not having support for USB 2.0 that really makes me happy.

Seriously, I love my Mac OS X, and to answer Herrmag's question, I learned some UNIX because I love my Mac so much. There are a lot of people who just don't care about that stuff, but I like to get my hands dirty, that's what made me get into it.

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