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Started: 3/30/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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First i would like to point out that this should remain a fairly simple debate. As there are many contributing factors to support arguments i would like to keep it concise. I'm making this debate as a helpful information source for people wishing to choose between the two operating systems. I'd like to keep this debate casual and respectful so no need to be rude or overly complex for people. I'd appreciate opinions on certain aspects of your arguments so that we can take into account personal preference backed up with some explanation to your opinion.

I believe Windows OS to be better than Mac OS. The personalisation, both physical and aesthetic, involved with these computers is an important part of my decision. Windows computers are able to be customized in various aspects to support performance and visual appeal. Windows computers can upgrade their RAM, Graphics cards, Sound cards and other internal components to provide better performance to suit your needs. Windows 7 has the ability to change themes to older versions of windows which certain people find nostalgic. The interface of Windows computers is much more efficient and accessible with quick access to important programs and settings with a simple-to-use search function to find programs and files. People may argue the speed advantage of Mac's but that is entirely subjective. Windows performance settings correspond to the maintenance of your computer. As long as you perform disk cleanups/defragments regularly your computer should run perfectly fine. People who do not take care of their computer receive slow performance in return. These aspects give Windows computers character that Macs just don't have because of their widely unique variations between each user. Windows (if used correctly) can be molded and transformed almost infinitely to provide a truly personal computer for each person. Macs just don't have the program compatibility or personalisation that Windows has. This, along with the affordability, is why i believe Windows OS is the best.

I look forward to your argument.


I believe Mac OS X to be the more advanced of the two operating systems.

Mac OS X is a more secure operating systems due to it's foundation of BSD and Unix. OS X can be personalized to the user's content be it re-skins of the dock, replacing the dock, reskinning and re-themeing Finder, or re-themeing the entire operating system with different icon replacements. Computers running Mac OS can be upgraded to the users needs (while most of Apple's current line up doesn't show this it is possible). Previous generations of Mac Pros can have additional expansion cards installed, graphics cards upgraded and every Mac with the exception of the MacBook Pro with Retina, MacBook Air, and current generation 21.5 iMac can have it's RAM and storage upgraded and/or replaced by the user. The beauty of OS X is that one can unofficially run it on non-Apple hardware. Such a computer is often called a Hackintosh. These machines give the simplicity of building one's own desktop with the use of Apple's operating system.

OS X is easier to use when compared to Windows. A technologically illiterate grandmother can use a Mac with less confusion when compared to Windows, where as a more knowlegable person can take advantage of the Unix back end and fly through small tasks on OS X.

OS X also gains a leg up on content creation as included software such as iMovie and Garage Band are unparalleled on the Windows platform. Take into consideration that Final Cut Pro is only available on Mac, leaving only Adobe Premier and Di Vinci Resolve on Windows (both of which are also available for Mac). Almost every major software product is available on Mac with a possible (ever shrinking) gap in 3D CAD software. In the event that one NEEDS to run a program that is only available on Windows, OS X users have the option of running Windows in a virtual machine or duel booting between both operating systems. In fact, the 13 inch MacBook Pro was declared by a study to be the best performing Windows laptop available.

While I agree that standard maintenance is a good thing, it should be noted that because many current generation Macs use SSDs (solid state drives), one should NEVER de fragment an SSD as this will ruin the flash chips regardless of operating system.

In raw dollars, the cost of a Windows 8 Pro licences is $200 where as the latest version of OS X is free, however this is a null point because the cost of Windows is often already part of the total cost of a pre built PC tower or laptop. The cost of a Mac is often an over exaggerated point. Laptop wise, something of similar build quality to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air will cost about the same as the Mac it often tries so hard to compete with. Using the new Mac Pro as an example, it costs more to purchase the workstation grade components and assemble a computer yourself than to buy a pre built Apple workstation.

OS X is just as powerful, if not more so, and has a cleaner interface when compared to Windows. OS X by foundation runs smoother and with less frustration than Windows. Both operating systems have their place, but in terms of usefulness, I find OS X to be the better of the two.

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Posted by Allthenamesaretacken 7 years ago
If you dislike Mac go for Linux.
Posted by Allthenamesaretacken 7 years ago
Is Windows a virus?

With the recent problems being encountered by Windows users all across the country, people are begin to ask themselves if windows is a virus. In response to the high demand for an answer to that question a study was done and concluded the following.

1. Viruses replicate quickly.
Windows does this.

2. Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing down the system as they do so.
Windows does this.

3. Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard disk.
Windows does this.

4. Viruses are usually carried, unkown to the user, along with valuable programs and systems.
Windows does that too.

5. Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect their system is too slow (see 2) and the user will buy new hardware.
Same with Windows, yet again.

Maybe Windows really is a virus.

Nope! There is a difference!

Viruses are well supported by their authors, are frequently updated, and tend to become more sophisticated as they mature. So there! Windows is not a virus.
Posted by Allthenamesaretacken 7 years ago
Here are 24 reasons why windows is not a virus:

1. Viruses are free.
2. Viruses can be gotten from any good bbs.
3. If detected soon enough, most viruses can be removed from your computer without a huge loss of data and time.
4. Viruses don't take up HUGE wads of disk space.
5. Viruses don't need 4meg of ram to run.
6. Viruses do something.
7. Viruses come in flavors, not just one-size-fits-all.
8. Viruses use the "cutting edge" programming skills to make themselves less noticable. (untill they are ready to be noticed)
9. Viruses don't have major bugs. (if they do, then they don't work, so they're not virus')
10. Viruses don't have three different sets of documentation that is all mixed up and wrong.
11. Viruses don't leak things to the press about the upcomming Jerusalem 95, to keep people from switching to Michelangelo/2 Warp or better yet, XJerusalem.
12. Viruses don't put out stupid two page adds in magazines centered around the march 6 "activate button".
13. Viruses arn't on every computer.
14. Viruses don't have stupid wizards.
15. Who cares if a virus is 16 bit, even though it is advertised as 32?
16. Viruses don't say that they are user "friendly", when they arn't.
17. Viruses can run on PCDOS without warnings.
18. Viruses when installing themselves don't try to send private info about your computer over the phone lines to microstoned-net.
19. Viruses install themselves.
20. Viruses don't try to push out all compitition. They just try to do their job.
21. Viruses maker's don't try to buy Intuit (makers of Quicken (wouldn't that be fun, America's biggest finacial software company owned by a virus maker))
22. Viruses don't invade and take over PC Magazine, filling it with 100% junk on Win95.
23. Viruses don't try to copy what Apple does.
24. There are programs you can buy, or get free to remove viruses.
Posted by xoskeleton99 7 years ago
I've always been a fan of the PC because of customizability and the relative cheapness of building your own computer. Though I will add that Macs have a more stable and secure operating system than windows. It is also more user friendly than your typical Pc. Although windows 8 is in my personal opinion, 8 is too easy for my tastes as I see it as an insult to my intelligence but I digress.

It all boils down to what you're using the computer for. If you're building a gaming rig I'd go for pc, but if you're constantly making multimedia projects, I'd go for mac.
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