Functions of an operating system

Functions of an operating system

As MacWorld writer, Haslam(2015) puts it “The operating system on a PC or Mac is a fundamental part of the user experience. How we interact with our computers can result in harmonious atmospheres around our households and workplaces.”. In my line of work, there is not one OS that is more prominent. As a UI/UX Developer and System Admin I working with Microsoft Window(XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10), Mac OS and, of course, Linux(CentOS, Fedora, and RedHat). Each is used for its strength, the benefits they all provide and vendor specific environment that is needed.

The Linux operating systems are mostly used for Website Hosting, the Window OS is used for Accounting, CRM, Microsoft GP, Camera and Fuel Systems and the Office Suite, whilst the MACs are used by the developers, myself included and some C-Level employees within the company. With that said I will be focusing on the Mac OS has the Operating System most frequently or most currently utilized.

I have been using a Mac for the better part of 3 years, thus far I have not experienced any sluggishness, os failures or viruses(malware and spyware included). This system does well under intense application pressure. I mostly edit videos(iMovie) and application development. I often receive OS updates Yosemite and now El Capitan and both have been a great experience. What I have thought about on many occasions is, how easy will it be to upgrade the system hardware if needs are? According to Dachis(2013) argues that “From a hardware standpoint, most Windows PCs let you upgrade whatever you like whereas Macs do not. Windows users also have the benefit of everything being made specifically for them.” and in some sense, I have to agree.

Below, are the benefits and drawbacks from my perspective.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Mac OS

Benefits:

  • By a long shot, Mac OS offers superior performance when it comes to video editing, graphic designs(Photoshop and illustrator) and IDE Applications(PhpStorm and Eclipse).
  • Works well with Parallels(a virtual box)
  • Ease of use
  • user-friendly interface
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Integration with other Apple Products seamless
  • Mac OS can run windows at the same time whether through BootCamp or virtual box.
  • Has more advanced technology
  • Less Maintenance

Drawbacks:

  • Currently, I have a problem setting up a customized printing option with my Konica Minolta
  • Pricey
  • Not suitable for mainstream Gaming —game developers seldom do iOS compatible games
  • Fewer software options
  • Hardware dependency —upgrade hardware is very difficult.
  • Not suitable for virtual environments

In an article, they listed the pros and cons of the MAC OS

Pro’s

  • Content creation is its strength.
  • More stable than Windows due to Apple’s tighter control over the configuration options and its UNIX base.
  • Almost no spyware or virus applications.
  • More powerful than Windows due to its UNIX base.

Con’s

  • Less support. You have to go to Apple for all your hardware problems.
  • Fewer hardware choices than Windows. For your average user, this isn’t much of a problem. All the common hardware types will work.(Wi-Phye Consultants LLC, 2008).

Improvements for MAC

  • Even though this has started it is will prove beneficial for both systems by having software-as-a-service(SaaS), by having application cloud-based this reduces the unavailability of software for a particular environment.
  • Make hardware upgrades seamless
  • Increase the availability of how-to videos
  • Make the application less hardware dependent thus allowing the installation within virtual environments
  • Encourage more hackathons

In conclusion, choosing between MAC and PC comes down to the user and the tasks the computer will be used for.

References:

Wi-Phye Consultants LLC (2008) The Pros and Cons of Linux, Windows, and OSX, Available at: https://wi-phye.com/blog/the-pros-and-cons-of-linux-windows-and-osx/(Accessed: March 24, 2016).

Dachis, A. (2013) Mac vs. Windows: Your Best Arguments, Available at:http://lifehacker.com/mac-vs-windows-your-best-arguments-486125257 (Accessed: March 24, 2016).

Haslam, K. (2015) Mac vs PC: Ten reasons why Macs are better than PCs, Available at:http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac/mac-or-pc-ten-reasons-why-macs-are-better-pcs-2015-3493363/ (Accessed: March 24, 2016).

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