The operating systems are the essential software that run on desktop computers – useful as a base support for running all others applications. They perform basic tasks as recognition of the keyboard, managing the output for the screen, controlling the files and directories on HDD and managing peripheral devices (drives and printers). And as they became larger and larger the number of responsibilities also increases so that they perform now more advanced tasks as traffic coordination between all the desktop computers components and security issues.

The 3 main operating systems, the most used and popular are: Linux (free), Mac, Windows. The applications software is compatible usually with a particular operating system so that when choosing between different operating systems be aware that they come together with theirs specific applications. That is important because if you worked for many years with one system and it's applications it is not very easy or convenient to start with a new one – and begin to learn how it functions from zero and this - for each of the running applications apart.

3 Different Operating Systems for Desktop Computers - Windows

The latest Windows operating system versions are:

  • Windows XP - Starter Edition, Home Edition, Professional, Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition, Professional x86 Edition
  • Windows Vista - Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate
  • Windows 7 - Starter Edition , Family Pack , Home Basic , Home Premium, professional, Ultimate/Enterprise (There are available also discounted copies for college students.)

The selection between the versions is not easy as you want to consider the specific hardware requirements of each of these systems (as for example the Vista will require the same amount of resources as Windows 7 to work properly), the tasks you need to used them mostly and those tasks you would like to used them even they are not mandatory.

3 Different Operating Systems for Desktop Computers - MAC

The latest Mac operating system versions are:

  • Mac OS 10 (Cheetah), Mac OS 10.1 (Puma), Mac OS X/10.2 (Jaguar), Mac OS X/10.3 (Panther)
  • Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger),
  • Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard)
    • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) -> Mac OS version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (also named by Apple - "The world's most advanced operating system")
  • Mac OS 10.7 (Lion), Mac OS X/10.8 (Liger)

3 Different Operating Systems for Desktop Computers - Linux

As when coming to Linux - the things are a little different because here we have Linux distributions. And there are soo many combinations. The two main things to consider here are the category and the platform. The category list is this:

  • Mainstream/General Public
  • Security enchanced
  • Embedded
  • Minimalist
  • Red Hat based
  • Debian based
  • Runs on MS Windows
  • Power user
  • Personal
  • Slackware based
  • Mandriva based
  • Game Console
  • Live CD
  • Fedora Core based

while the patform list is this:

  • Intel compatible
  • PPC
  • Alpha
  • Sparc
  • Itanium
  • Mainframe
  • m68k
  • 64 bit
  • Other.

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