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    • Computers have become part of our daily lives. In fact, most of our day is spent using these machines, be it for work or play. Smartphones are essentially mobile computers, and many people can survive with just a smartphone. They don't need a personal desktop or a laptop, just a phone in their pocket. But for many people, like me, a proper computer is still a necessity, be it a desktop or a laptop. When it comes to this form factor, we have several operating systems to choose from.

      We have Windows, which is of course the most commonly used operating system with regards to desktop computers and laptops. We have macOS, Apple's competing product which has its own share of loyal users. Then we have Chrome OS, the newcomer to the party who has slowly but steadily been gaining users over the past few years. We also have Linux which I'm not familiar with, but I believe it has a small but loyal fan base.

      Many people probably use more than one OS. I used to have a Chromebook which I took to work, alongside a Windows desktop at home for things that the Chromebook couldn't do. But if you could only use one, which OS would you chose and why?

      For me, as much as I love Chrome OS and Chromebooks, I'd still need to choose Windows. Chrome OS has its advantages, but using a Windows device doesn't prevent me from using Google services. Using Chrome OS on the other hand, does prevent me from using Windows programs. As an academic, SPSS is a vital tool for my research, as is Microsoft Office. I'd rather use Google's suite of productivity apps (Docs and Sheets specifically), but when everyone else uses Microsoft Word, going against the flow would only inconvenience me. Excel is still a very powerful tool for data analysis, while Google Sheets is still missing some important features. Lastly as a casual gamer, Steam is a necessity for me, while Chrome OS just wasn't designed for proper gaming (which is probably why Stadia now exists).

      There's a lot of work going into Chrome OS to make Windows programs compatible, and perhaps in the future when Windows programs can work seamlessly on Chrome OS I'd consider getting another Chromebook, but for now if I absolutely had to choose one, I'd use Windows.

    • I would choose MacOS. Between native, virtualization, containerization, and cloud applications I don't think there is anything you can't run on it. I can't say the same for any of the other systems. And Apple hardware ages wonderfully.

    • I have mac and windows machines - If I had to choose just one it would be the Mac - mainly because of the accumulated investment I've made in software over the last 25+ years.

    • I would choose Windows, probably because that's what I used for years for work. It made sense to me to be able to seamlessly move from work to home.

      I've spoken with enough Apple users that if I was starting from scratch I would consider both Windows and MacOS. For now I'm sticking with Windows.

    • I like to dab into all of them, but my primary desktops have been traditionally Windows. There just has been so much software written for the Microsoft OS, since old DOS days.

      Linux, although not mentioned has came a very long way and I sense it's time for me to look more seriously at it again.

      Bottom line for me is what I need an OS for, at the moment, and for each different purpose use the most suitable.

    • My primary machine is a Windows laptop, but my phone is Android, my iPad is iOS and my wife's laptop is OS-X. Oh, and my router runs Linux (and so does yours, probably). Each of these machines is quite good at what it does and none could replace all the others.

    • If was just me using it, Linux
      I love free stuff.
      And you can upgrade the entire OS and all the programs on it in half the time it takes to do an average windows update.
      But I find others (my wife) struggle with the shift to using an entire new suite of apps so it's just easier to stick to windows must of the time😒

    • Yeah, I don't understand why the OP limits the choice to Chrome, Win and Apple. A few years ago I had a local school in the Caribbean to set up with some donated computers. They all needed to look alike to the students and I wanted some free educational software for them. No brainer: Ubuntu. I could set it to talk to me in English for setup, then switch it to Spanish for the kids to use. Try doing that with Windows! And free stuff - not on Apple I think. They were not reliably internet-connected, so I did not even look at Chrome. I have never regretted the choice of Ubuntu for those computers and now my home machines are also all Ubuntu.