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    Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web...

    Open Source Linux

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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The...

    Open Source Linux

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    macOS

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Designed to run on Macintosh computers.

    Commercial Mac

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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

    Open Source Linux

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    ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows...

    Open Source Windows

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    Raspbian

    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture).

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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Windows Vista Comments

Windows Vista is not so terrible, but...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about Windows Vista and Windows 7 Jun 2011

Although Windows Vista is not as terrible as some make it out to be, it still uses RAM inefficiently (hence the "slowness"), and is not worth any compatibility that might come with it... just use Windows XP Mode for Win7.

Use Windows 7. That is the best advice I can give... Unless you want to use a Linux distro.

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Vista is horrible.

Negative Comment by colbyj
about Windows Vista and Kubuntu, Windows 7 Jun 2011

Vista is horrible. the only decent features, start menu search and aero, have been in various linux distros for years. it slows down your coumpter, installs spyware, and pesters you with a half-baked permission control that prevents you from installing software and burning a cd, but not destroying your hard drive with incorrect partitioning. get windows 7 or kubuntu if you want a nice ui.

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I don't see why everyone hates it. It's pretty fast on my l ...

Comment by pcwiz11
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

I don't see why everyone hates it. It's pretty fast on my laptop and has a load of new useful features over XP like search and the Aero feature is very good.

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I just remembered that Vista added a built-in search bar to ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

I just remembered that Vista added a built-in search bar to the start menu, which was very useful. But so far, that's the only good new feature I can think of.

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As far as I can tell, Windows Vista doesn't really introduc ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

As far as I can tell, Windows Vista doesn't really introduce any startling new features. It's just XP with pretty colors and the ever-so-annoying UAC. Go with Windows 7.

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