OS 101: Suggestions for Choosing an Operating System

An operating system (abbreviated OS) is essentially the path through which a computer accesses files, games, the Internet, and all vital stored information. The OS is the most important program on a computer because it runs all of the other programs. The major operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix. The operating system is essential to the computer, and so extreme care should be taken when choosing an operating system.

Consider Its Use

Consider what operating system will be used for. If the OS is for a business, an operating system that can handle important business data should be selected. If the OS is for a college student, one might consider an OS that is optimal for gaming, yet still has a nice word processor. Finally, if the operating system were for a new computer user, then a user-friendly, simple OS would be best. Knowing this, one must also consider what software is available for the operating system. Some software is only available on certain computers. This often leaves Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Unix in the dark because most of the computer market runs on Microsoft operating systems. Most computers come standard with a certain operating system (Apple computers have Mac OS X and most PCs have Windows XP). Therefore, it is sometimes important to consider the OS even when selecting a computer.

Security

Security is the biggest priority for many computer users, especially businesses. Some OS have stronger security than others. Macintosh has been called “the iron man of operating systems” because of its ability to keep hackers out, while Windows has been criticized for being easy to hack. Do not let security completely deter you, however. Most operating systems can be “hardened” and with constant security updates, made safer from hackers.

Pros and Cons of The Big Four

Every operating system has its positive and negative elements. There is no perfect operating system. Keeping this in mind, consider the most common operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Unix). Mac OS X is great for keeping out hackers and for graphic design. However some problems are the fact that certain software is not available for Macs. If the OS is for a college student who would rather play Half-Life 2 than study, then Mac OS X is not the best choice. Windows is very good for compatibility, since most consumers use Windows. Windows also comes with applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, Windows is weak against viruses and can get bogged down easily. Unix is good for networks, especially if for businesses. Unix has also been around for almost 30 years, so it is quite dependable. One drawback of Unix is the cost, which can sometimes be a bit expensive. Unix is also complicated, which can confuse beginners. The final OS, Linux, is free and completely customizable. However, one major drawback is the extreme scarcity of applications for Linux. Microsoft and other software developers are often very reluctant to release their products for Linux.

Conclusion

Whatever operating system one chooses, it needs to be the system that will best fit the needs of the consumer. All operating systems have good and bad elements. Understanding how each system works, and the system’s pros and cons is a must for anyone deciding on a computer and OS. An OS selection based on research and understanding will certainly yield the highest satisfaction.

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Web Site Promotion – What Will Be the Effect of the Google Chrome Operating System?

Web Site Promotion – Google Chrome Operating System

What will be the effect of Google’s new Chrome Operating system on web site promotion efforts ?  The simple answer to this question is that it probably will have little or no effect.  Google’s search engine rules and methods will not change appreciably under a new operating system. What will be the impact of a new Chrome Operating System on the computing world ? It may significantly affect the type of computer you buy in the future.  It may also have a significant affect on Microsoft, and this is why.   

We have yet to see really low-cost netbooks hit the market, but it is quite possible that we will see sub $ 200.00 netboooks in the very near future. We already see cell phones with multi-function capability, namely Internet and e-mail capability, and this trend will likely continue.  We probably will also see hybrid types of devices that are not quite a computer, but more than a cell phone.  

 In order to keep the price of netbooks and hybrid devices as low as possible, it will necessary to eliminate the cost of software.  The only practical way to do this is to use Open Source software with this type of appliance computer.  It is quite impossible to bundle any of Microsoft’s operating systems, or Office Productivity software in at such a low price.  Windows plus any other piece of software is already more than $ 200.00 retail, even in OEM versions.  

 Linux is an alternative, but it doesn’t quite measure up to Windows in terms of usability and user-friendliness.  It has been around for quite a while, and although servers run Linux quite effectively, Linux has not really shown it’s strength as a personal computer operating system in the way it has as a network operating system.  Google Chrome actually sits on top of a Linux kernel, but it is not Linux itself, but something new.

  If you think for a moment about how many computers are used mainly to access the Internet, read e-mail, and for some kind of simple office-related task; that accounts for a very large number of computers, easily fifty percent, or more, of the PC’s in use right now.  Microsoft products dominate this market today, but 5 or 10 years from now, there may be a much different looking landscape in the world of personal computers. There are computers in libraries, schools, second and third family computers at home, Internet cafes, and guest computers in offices, that really have no compelling reason to run Windows or other Microsoft software.  (Sorry Microsoft, but that’s the way I see it).

 It is these types of shared computers, that would benefit the most from a Google Chrome Operating System.  Especially if this kind of computer could be made to access the Internet faster, start nearly immediately on boot-up, and run on-line applications faster than the equivalent software running under Windows, wouldn’t that be rather obvious choice to opt for the free, (and faster), alternative ?

 The keys to the success of this new operating system are threefold.  

 1) It must run an Internet browser and Internet applications faster than Windows.  

 2) It must be more stable than Windows.  This means it must have bullet-proof security.  This is a tall order for any operating system, but it should have built-in protection against viruses,  spyware, and other type of intrusions.  This could easily be the key differentiation between Windows and Chrome. since Windows has had, (and continues to have), so many security vulnerabilities.  It should be a top priority for Chrome.

 3) It should run the widest possible array of software programs.  Google has done a good job of providing internet applications up until now, but there needs to be a Chrome, (or online) application to match, or nearly match most of the software that currently runs on Windows.  Chrome will not go head-to-head with Windows across the software spectrum, but the wider the choice of Internet-based software available, the more success Chrome will enjoy.  It it not intended to be a network server operating system in the same way that Windows server is, but just the operating system of choice for computers connected to the Internet.

Google is probably the only company in the world today with the resources to be able to develop and maintain an operating system like Chrome.  On the other hand, since it is open source, Google may be content to manage from the sidelines and eventually let the Open Source community take it over.  Note:  At least that way Google may not be tempted to have sponsored links pop up on your screen as you work.  (lol – Sorry Google)

It is true that Google as a company cares little how you access the Internet.  In other words, they are computer hardware and operating system neutral.  Of course, I’m sure Google’s management and software engineers will be smiling ear to ear if they are able to compete head to head with Microsoft, (Google’s main search rival), on Microsoft’s home turf of the PC operating system. Nothing would be sweeter for Google than to have Google Chrome enjoy a resounding success in the marketplace.  Google has everything to gain, the more computers there are on the Internet, and nothing to lose.

 We will have to wait until the second half of 2010 to see Google Chrome, according the Official Google Blog.  It is possible that the most significant beneficiaries of Google Chrome will be thirld world computer users. The dream of a $ 100.00 computer is not yet a reality, and remember that 75 % of the world’s population does not yet have e-mail. 

The availability of free computer operating systems and software is essential to begin to close the gap between have’s and have not’s in this world.  This author, for one, hopes that Google Chrome becomes the operating system of choice for many of the world’s PC’s, and helps to hasten the day when the vast majority of the word’s people have access to computers and the Internet.

 Good Luck in all your web site promotion efforts.