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SmartSoda
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GNU/Linux is way better than Mac OS.

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Started: 7/17/2015 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SmartSoda

Pro

GNU/Linux, also known as Linux, is by far the world-leading operating system. Unlike Mac OS, GNU/Linux is completely free, non-commerical, and open source, and is backed by a large non-profit community that relies on just donations. GNU/Linux is the fastest operating system. GNU/Linux comes in many distributions, such as Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, elementary OS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, the phone OS Android, Chrome (Chromium) OS, and many more. Many major corporations such as Google run their servers on Linux. Linux updates are released almost daily, depending on distribution. Linux is also customizable from HEAD to FEET, so you can shape your computer to fit your needs. Linux is compatible with most devices, while Mac OS is only compatible with Apple computers. Can Mac OS even compare to all these features?
DonaldTrump

Con

Why Mac OS is better:
1. More compatible applications.
Linux is terrible for gamers, artists, and video makers. Most video games aren't designed to be compatible with Linux and its subsequent "flavors." Mac OS, while still trailing behind Windows in terms of game compatibility, is far superior to Linux in this respect, as most PC games will work with it. Other popular programs such as Photoshop, Lightworks, and Paint .NET are also incompatible with Linux, thus hindering the ability of artists or video makers who use the OS to make projects.

2. Better for businesses
Mac OS is more commonly-used. It's found on more computers than Linux. If one were to develop an app and want it to be sold, then one would look for the largest possible market to distribute said app. Why should a developer sell an app for a small market?

3. Almost impervious to malware
Linux is open source, which means that its code is available to be looked at and edited as willed. This may seem a positive aspect, and it is in regards to customization, but it can also be a negative aspect. Since the code is so easily available, malware and other unwanted scripts can easily created and placed on a Linux-based machine. Mac OS is much tighter. It lacks customization, but its code is much more secure, and since it is less-used than Windows, malware is more uncommon. All versions of the OS since 10.6.7 have been able to detect known Mac malware in downloaded files, and to block insecure web plugins, making any additional anti-malware software unnecessary.

Rebuttals
"Linux is the fastest operating system."- All software, including operating systems, run differently depending on the hardware used. Linux, along with any other OS, will run faster on high-end machinery, or run slower on low-end machinery.

"GNU/Linux comes in many distributions, such as Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, elementary OS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, the phone OS Android, Chrome (Chromium) OS, and many more."- How are these variants unique from each other, disregarding appearance? How does that make Linux better than Mac OS?

"Mac OS is only compatible with Apple computers."- Programs such as Virtual Box and other virtual machines make this statement false.


Debate Round No. 1
SmartSoda

Pro

Comebacks

"All software, including operating systems, run differently depending on the hardware used. Linux, along with any other OS, will run faster on high-end machinery, or run slower on low-end machinery."
Actually, that is not true. A linux distribution can run fast on any machinery regardless if it is low-end or high-end. The speed depends on the variant, and packages. You can even create your own variant if you think you know what is best for you and your hardware. Linux can be customized to fit your needs, including speed and appearance. Also, I am debating from a low-end machine built in 1999. I've customized it so that the appearance doesn't affect the speed.

"More compatible applications."
Linux variants can install a package known as Wine, a Windows program compatibility library. Therefore, Linux can download DOS executables or Windows applications and run them properly.

"Almost impervious to malware"
As a non-profit community of thousands of developers keep their eyes on Linux, constantly searching for caveats, this makes it almost impossible for malware to exist on Linux. Once an update is created and fully tested, it is immediately released.

"Programs such as Virtual Box and other virtual machines make this statement false."
I didn't mean it like that, I meant like installing it completely on a computer WITHOUT VIRTUALIZATION. Even with virtualization software like VirtualBox and VMWare, you cannot run Mac OS without having the installation image. I am pretty sure Apple doesn't release the installation image for anybody to use online, and there is no legal way to obtain it.

Linux applications are easier to update than Mac OS's.
Instead of updating applications one at a time, like Mac OS, Linux has a package manager such as "aptitude" and "pacman". This allows Linux users to click one single button, which checks for updates and updates every installed application, the system, and maybe even the distribution at the same time.

"Better for businesses"
Wrong actually. You see, most businesses run their servers on Linux, rather than other things like Windows Server, because Linux is more productive and efficient because of speed and price. Servers are actually what the internet is basically made up of. I know Google runs their servers on Linux. Servers are what makes internet browsing, file sharing, voice calls, internet chat, gaming, and much more possible. In 2008, 87.8% of the world's supercomputers are ran on Linux. According to W3Cook, who verify and update their statistics monthly, 96.6% the internet's servers are ran on Linux.

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More Reasons Why Linux is better than Mac OS.

Linux applications are easier to update than Mac OS's.
Instead of updating applications one at a time, like Mac OS, Linux has a package manager such as "aptitude" and "pacman". This allows Linux users to click one single button, which checks for updates and updates every installed application, the system, and maybe even the distribution at the same time.

My Linux PC
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DonaldTrump

Con

REBUTTALS
"Linux variants can install a package known as Wine, a Windows program compatibility library. Therefore, Linux can download DOS executables or Windows applications and run them properly." -This may be true, but it is incompatible with many popular programs, such as Paint.NET [1], Microsoft Office [2], or Microsoft PowerPoint. In fact, any .NET based program is incompatible with wine, with .NET Frameworks and Visual C++ (unless you install other external programs, which only let one write in the code, not run c++ based apps)-reliant applications unable to run. These programs can be run on the Mac OS however, since its code allows for such frameworks.

"As a non-profit community of thousands of developers keep their eyes on Linux, constantly searching for caveats, this makes it almost impossible for malware to exist on Linux." [3], [4]

ARGUMENTS
Better for Businesses- You missed the point of my statement here. According to this source [5], itunes will not work correctly on Linux, as there are no current editions of it that work with wine. Older editions install and open, but do not work correctly. iTunes is the second biggest market for mobile software and applications behind Google Play. iTunes records over 800,000,000 individual accounts. That's a very large market even on its own. Why would someone develop an app for an OS exclusive to computers like Linux, when an OS such as those developed by Apple is available on both the computer and mobile market? It's a much larger diivison like I have said, and therefore will make more profit.

SOURCES
[1]- http://forums.getpaint.net...
[2]- http://www.linux.com...
[3]- http://arstechnica.com...
[4]- https://blogs.sophos.com...
[5]- http://askubuntu.com...








Debate Round No. 2
SmartSoda

Pro

SmartSoda forfeited this round.
DonaldTrump

Con

I assume that my opponent did not have time to respond to my rebuttals; they still stand as do my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
SmartSoda

Pro

SmartSoda forfeited this round.
DonaldTrump

Con

Another FF by Pro.
Debate Round No. 4
SmartSoda

Pro

SmartSoda forfeited this round.
DonaldTrump

Con

Vote Con!
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by markasoftware 2 years ago
markasoftware
Regarding running Mac OS in a virtual machine...regardless of whether it is legal or not, using a virtual OS as your main OS is completely BS. It's painfully slow, even if you have a pretty good computer, and sometimes virtual machines cause visual glitches in the OS that they are...virtualizing. And, with all your arguments about game support...you can't realistically run a game inside of mac inside of a virtual machine. The performance is simply too painful.

But, to be fair, I've got to include this as well: you usually have to pick a computer specifically for this task, but it IS possible to run Mac natively on computers that are non-Apple. I don't think it's legal, but if the hardware is compatible (which it usually isn't), it CAN be done.
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