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Apple Operating System: Mac OS X

written by: •edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 12/31/2008

Whilst Microsoft has Windows Vista and Open Source developers have Linux, Apple Mac users can rest easy in the knowledge that they have a solid operating system of their own. Brilliant visuals, slick functionality and excellent security, the Mac OS X is a solid operating system.

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    Operating System Comparisons: Apple OS X

    What is fundamentally advantageous about OS X over its more popular rivals is that version control is far more proactive and responsive to changes in the IT sector with its evolving threats and opportunities, than both Vista and Linux. Case in point during the time it has taken Microsoft to upgrade XP to Vista, Apple has upgraded its operating system several times, through numerous versions (10.0 - 10.5 beta to date).

    While there has never been any fuss or hype surrounding OS X, certainly in comparison to its more popular neighbor on the standard PC platform, it is a fine operating system free from annoying pop-ups, considerably more secure and free from unwanted commentary, background processing and analytic tools which sap resources. It is supremely efficient with an uncomplicated front end, solid functionality and requires very little maintenance. Rather, it handles prompts and provides information only in the event of problems. It does not tell you that the mouse is now working or that an external drive is now connected when you already know this to be the case. What is also commonly said about the Apple Mac OS X by experienced users is that it runs applications seamlessly, without glitches or instability.

    OS X is built around UNIX, so we know it will be reliable, but it is also slick and easy to operate, as a result providing great security that historically has not manifested half of the bugs, spyware or security loopholes of Microsoft’s portfolio of legacy operating systems. However, what really is impressive about OS X is that business applications and communications, even those developed by Microsoft, are as fast and functional on the Apple Mac as they are on a standard Windows Vista driven PC.

    Many associates, both individual users and industry wide implementers have migrated to the Apple Mac over recent years and most are happy with OS X as an easy to use operating system which instills confidence in the user’s ability to control their hardware and software requirements for better task and workflow management. Whether it be online, spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, photography or communication tasks the Apple Mac's OS X delivers a robust operating system experience.

    In all, while it is not universally accepted, playing catch-up as it is to Microsoft’s aggressive strategy of putting their own operating system on every PC known to man, the OS X platform is a sound alternative. Windows Vista’s enhanced security model and cutting edge interface makes it a serious enhancement on XP, and Linux being so flexible is hard to beat for security and interoperability, but owning an Apple Mac and running OS X provides an equally impressive operating system environment.

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Operating System Comparisons Between Microsoft, Apple & Linux

In this series we compare the prominent operating systems for your PC. Reviewing Windows Vista, OS X and Linux. Discussing which offers you the end user with the best PC platform. An Operating System Comparisons study for the home user.
  1. Comparing Operating Systems: Choosing the Best OS - Windows, Mac or Linux?
  2. A Review of Windows Vista: The Best Operating System Or Just A Fancy Windows XP?
  3. Linux: The Master Of All Free Operating Systems
  4. Apple Operating System: Mac OS X