What OS do programmers use? [Poll]


(Solar Eclipz) #41

Currently I use Windows 10+, because that is what is on the computer given to me by my school. If I had a newer mac with working usb ports(they fired shortly after buying a used mac) and a better battery life with retina display I would be using that as my go to.

I still use my mac when I am at work or just want to get out of the house to do my programming homework. So really I am ok with either one. Especially now that Microsoft has added support for VStudio on Mac. :smiley:


(Sambhav Jain) #42

I use a dual-boot system with Windows 10 and Ubuntu.


(Souhardya Sardar) #43

I use Linux mint as my only primary OS it quite suits me a lot :slight_smile: besides that I have Windows 7 on VM … ‘most’ of the Linux distros are quite lightweight and stable as compared to windows and also less vulnerable to malwares … can’t give my opinions on Mac because I haven’t used it yet XD


(Omal Perera) #44

I use Mac OS, very user friendly & all of the dev tools are freely available. It has very powerful terminal which anything can be done & most linux commands are also usable. It is not getting stuck & lagging.


(Brian C Sparks) #45

Mac OS – because it is 2nd best at almost everything – which means it isn’t horrible in any category:

Windows: horrible command-line even with cygwin.
Linux: (1) The desktop is getting better, but is still no competition for Windows or MacOS. (2) Non-software-development software lags far behind Windows and Mac.


(Chris Berns) #46

MacOS. This is because of how difficult it is to test for mac on anything other than a mac. I am not an Apple fan boy or anything like that but when it comes to choices it is winning the battle. On my mac I can run a Windows and a Linux VM simultaneously. Using readily available software, I have a go anywhere, do anything machine. Well, minus VR at least.

The price is steep but you should invest in your tools when you are able to.


(Ryan Schuetzler) #47

I’m on Windows, and it seems I always will be. I have tried at least once a year to make the switch to Linux full time, but every time there’s something that brings me back. Usually it’s my colleague’s addiction to Office, but not always. In any case, I’m beginning to accept that Windows is likely the place I’m going to stay forever, so I’m trying to get comfortable with it. Thankfully most new developer tools are developed with cross-platform in mind.


(Ryan Schuetzler) #48

This may be what takes me to Macs eventually.