I bought an empty shell what do I fill it with
Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:47 AM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 06:08 AM
On the Windows side (which is effectively mainstream), you have as follows:
XP - been around years, stable, everything you buy works with it, universally loved. Runs on anything made in the last ten years, newer the better.
Vista - three years old, compatibility and odd stability issues, older stuff doesn't work with it, loathed by all but a hardcore. Runs on new hardware, needs to be a decent system in the first place.
7 - out in October, rock solid, should be better compatibility wise over Vista, those who have tried it love it. Much lighter and faster than Vista, any Vista machine should cope easily.
Then on the other side of the fence you have Linux, which comes in hundreds of different variations. On the plus side they work, they're more secure than Windows and a lot of them look similar to Windows. On the negative side, can be awkward to install, can be awkward to maintain and some of your favourite software probably won't work in it anyway.
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