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Which flavor of operating system does everyone here use?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by SeraphimSarov, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. GNU/Linux (specify distro)

    58.8%
  2. Windows (specify version)

    64.7%
  3. *BSD (Open, Free, Ghost, etc.)

    11.8%
  4. MacOS

    11.8%
  5. Other (specify)

    11.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. sunshineforJesus

    sunshineforJesus is so in love with God CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    I have windows 10.
     
  2. morse86

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    Official "United" (what is the real meaning of that even???) States Government Forms, specifically the alien fiance and related forms that I need to submit.
     
  3. PrayerWarrior20

    PrayerWarrior20 Just your average man who has great abilities. Angels Team Supporter

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    As of today I use Linux Mint for my operating system
     
  4. adrianmonk

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    I am a bit of an OS geek so I tend to have many OSs running.

    - Main system - OSX 10.13, also multi boots to Windows and Arch Linux
    - Personal Server - Arch Linux with kernel 5.9 (media server, file server, samba ad auth, git repo)
    - Laptop - Also OSX 10.13
    - Multiple VMs on the Personal Server
    - Haiku (BeoS remake)
    - Plan9 (a successor to Unix by Bell Labs in the mid to late 90s)
    - Multiple Debian systems for Kubernetes clusters
    - OS/2 (Well who doesn't love OS/2)
    - a FreeBSD instance and an OpenBSD instance for the labs VLAN.

    Plans:
    - setting up a RISCV instance to port some of my code to embedded devices using RISCV, probably will run Linux as well (custom distro)
     
  5. chevyontheriver

    chevyontheriver Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's good to see a non-political post on Christian Forums.
     
  6. chevyontheriver

    chevyontheriver Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Have you at all tried Hurd? I keep waiting, and waiting, ... and waiting. But I have heard there is a hird of the hurd for the small herd of Arch and Debian.
     
  7. adrianmonk

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    I have a soft spot for BeOS, so I try to install Haiku builds every so often.

    I have tried the Debian Hurd distro, but at the time it was not very usable (~5 years ago i think) and have not tried it since. I firmly believe that Hurd will be usable in my lifetime.

    Having said that I do love the concept of the mach microkernel. I run OpenSTEP as well since NeXT systems were the catalyst to my love of tech today.

    BTW great job on the call to the mutually recursive acronym name :)
     
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  8. chevyontheriver

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    I could never have as many computers as it looks like you have. Just not enough room. I would have to let my aquariums go and I'm not going to do that. I have my working desktop running Fedora Linux, a working laptop running Windows 10, my wife's desktop and tablet, a Rasberry Pi media center, and an Android desktop as a demonstrator for a POS system. I do have a bunch of old Macs from the SE and SE/30 era but they are put away for the winter. I'm planning a LAN party this summer in the garage and deck to play Bolo, a multiplayer tank game that can be played on the tiny screens. After the party I will be souping up a SE/30 and installing Debian again. The little trick is that the SE/30 isn't listed as being able to handle 16 MB (not GB) RAM, but it can. So it can use 128 MB of RAM. It works as a Debian system actually with 80 MB, which I have proven already. I didn't know it was considered hard to pull off until after I did it. It's not NeXT, and the graphics are tiny, but it worked as a slow speed web server.
     
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  9. adrianmonk

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    I assume you mean 128mb ram ? It would need to be 64bit to handle anything more than 4Gb of memory address space. I am still looking for a Quadra 700 as it can run A/UX. I am trying to get this running through an emulator (Shoebill).

    shoebill_osx.png

    I have 3 machines, the server, my workstation and the laptop. The laptop is always charged in my backpack, and this does not have to be powerful, just needs to be able to connect via a serial cable to the networking gear I work with. The workstation is a beast (relatively speaking) with 12 cores and 32Gb of memory (upgrading to 64gb next month). This has the 1080Ti (which is why I run 10.13, since nvidia drivers dont exist for 10.14 and newer). The server has 32gb of ram, 16 cores and runs the rest of the OSs in a VM (KVM/QEMU).

    If you like to experience NextStep, search for "Previous disk image" and there are some downloadable builds with a hd image. I have an official copy of OpenStep that I was lucky to get direct from Apple in 1998 when they gave them away. Outside of Previous, it works in VMWare and with some effort on Virtualbox.
     
  10. chevyontheriver

    chevyontheriver Well-Known Member Supporter

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    MB of course. Everything is GB now, but a MB of RAM used to be able to do some serious stuff.
    I sold one of those off several years ago.
    That's some serious virtualization power.
    That might be fun. Thanks. I found the images. No time for a while but now that I know where ....
     
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  11. adrianmonk

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    I bought the board, cpu and memory for under $400. There is a hardware recycling place by me which resells old servers recycled by large companies when the support contract expires. I generally look for supermicro/silicon mechanics servers as they are usually standard ATX motherboards. I had an extra PSU and put in my old GTX760 as a GPU. These are circa 2013 cpus so not the latest. I ended up getting refurb 3TB HGST drives with a 3 year warranty for around $40 each on Amazon. These were slowly upgraded so i am sure I spent over $1000 on it, but slowly, over the years.

    I have to say, when I look at NeXTStep, I am amazed that this tech existed in the early 1990s. OSX is a genetic descendant of this OS and till 10.10 or 10.11, the icon that popped up when taking a screen grab of a window was the original camera icon from NextStep 0.9. https://www.cultofmac.com/14201/mac-os-x-leopard-still-contains-icons-from-nextstep/ . I am sad this does not exist in the current versions, but I love these little easter eggs in systems.

    I loved NeXTStep so much, that when I lived on the east coast, I made 2 6 hour drives (3h each way) to Pennsylvania to pick up a NextStation Color 68040 and a Nextcube (also 68040) for around $350 each. They resell on ebay for over $1500 now.
     
  12. PrayerWarrior20

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    Well update...now that I am going to college this fall I am stuck with Windows 10. My college requires it due to the use of MS Office and MS Teams. Even though Teams is on Linux. Oh well.
     
  13. adrianmonk

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    What course are you taking ?
     
  14. PrayerWarrior20

    PrayerWarrior20 Just your average man who has great abilities. Angels Team Supporter

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    @adrianmonk,
    I am taking IT Help Desk support through Inver Hills Community College
     
  15. adrianmonk

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    If your school is providing office365, you might be able to use the web versions for documents and teams. For IT Help desk, they might have some windows native tools they teach, which is probably why they want students to have Windows. Office by itself, can be substituted with the web versions of Word, Excel etc, and as you said, native teams exists on Linux.

    Best of luck in your course :) Reach out if you have questions :)
     
  16. PrayerWarrior20

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    I realized this. I now use Ubuntu 21.4 (the latest version) and have every app on it. Including Microsoft Office 2007. Thanks to PlayonLinux :)
     
  17. Neostarwcc

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    Wow, I never thought I would be completely lost when somebody talked computers do me. I've heard of Linux and Unix but I've not heard of any word you used (Except for I3, FreeBSD, and VM I know what those are).

    I've used Windows since Windows 3.1. I tried Linux when I was about 16 years old and I didn't care for it. I'm using Windows 10 64-bit Pro now. Don't use a VM because what's the point in having multiple OS's unless you're trying to save RAM or resources? In today's world of computers you don't really have that problem.
     
  18. PrayerWarrior20

    PrayerWarrior20 Just your average man who has great abilities. Angels Team Supporter

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    Edit-Ubuntu 21.4 crashed on my pc. Hence why I am back to using Linux Mint!
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    I would use Windows, but I hate that it hogs memory resources. That and Microsoft insists you pay for everything. That bugs me. SO I use Linux Mint 20.10 64 bit and run the Office 365 I bought on Linux using Crossover. It works out in the end.
     
  19. adrianmonk

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    I generally have to spin up several VMs for dev, test purposes for work so that works out well, no need to have multiple servers at home for work.

    Additionally, I kind of like playing around on different operating systems. Many show interesting approaches in system and user experience design. Sometimes looking at old systems show the creation of certain features that we take for granted today, for example Nextstep had full window contents displayed during move and resize, and that did not happen in Windows till Vista and Mac till OSX 10.0, and OSX was derived from Nextstep.
     
  20. Neostarwcc

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    Ah tbat actually sounds useful. I only know what a vm is because other people I knew used them. I'm a nerd and I still only use one monitor as well. I usually buy one good monitor and just use that. But many enthusiasts insist on using multi monitors. I guess if I was still into programming I'd like a multi monitor setup. One monitor for source code and another for compiling. Sounds super useful. Any other use sounds like a waste of money to me though. I can see the point in buying a monitor with a high refresh rate, just not more than one.
     
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