Operating Systems Venn Diagram

So, dear readers, do you think this diagram reflects reality or would you put each OS at a different spot?

[Via Graphjam]

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49 Responses to Operating Systems Venn Diagram

  1. I have to disagree. This diagram must not take in to account newer linux distributions like Ubuntu. I run Ubuntu on my daily laptop. I have found it to be as user-friendly as Windows and less burdensome for maintenance. I am in no way a Linux prophet or fanatic. I just decided to try to use Linux as a daily OS and haven't needed to look back. I feel strongly enough about it that I have deployed Ubuntu as a desktop in a number of public internet cafe scenarios and have yet to have a complaint or much of a problem.

  2. I have to disagree. This diagram must not take in to account newer linux distributions like Ubuntu. I run Ubuntu on my daily laptop. I have found it to be as user-friendly as Windows and less burdensome for maintenance. I am in no way a Linux prophet or fanatic. I just decided to try to use Linux as a daily OS and haven’t needed to look back. I feel strongly enough about it that I have deployed Ubuntu as a desktop in a number of public internet cafe scenarios and have yet to have a complaint or much of a problem.

  3. It's a great diagram on operating system STEREOTYPES.

    Windows CAN be stable, if you don't fuck with it and keep it up to date.

    Linux CAN be friendly, if you choose the right distro and applications.

    • You're right i was young and then i crashed the pc countless times but now i am 14.

      And my windows pc is stable as hell no errors,no bsod's it's as stable as you make it.

      Same with linux it can be friendly just it matters from the distro and applications.

      I use both windows and linux.

      But i don't hate any other os they are made all for ones particular needs.

      (also sorry for my english i'm dutch)

  4. It’s a great diagram on operating system STEREOTYPES.

    Windows CAN be stable, if you don’t fuck with it and keep it up to date.

    Linux CAN be friendly, if you choose the right distro and applications.

    • You’re right i was young and then i crashed the pc countless times but now i am 14.
      And my windows pc is stable as hell no errors,no bsod’s it’s as stable as you make it.
      Same with linux it can be friendly just it matters from the distro and applications.
      I use both windows and linux.
      But i don’t hate any other os they are made all for ones particular needs.
      (also sorry for my english i’m dutch)

  5. Linux can be made friendlier but it takes an effort, OSX can be customized but it takes an effort, Windows can be made more stable with the same.

    The point is you can live in that middle zone if you just engage what you use. It gets so tiresome the way people want access to the wonders of any of these systems but then not realize that they MIGHT have to do more than just show up and click things.

    Sure, bla bla bla, it should be easy…well, ANY of these can be used that way…but then let's stop moaning about the parts that are the way they are to make it so the average Joe can show up and click things.

  6. Linux can be made friendlier but it takes an effort, OSX can be customized but it takes an effort, Windows can be made more stable with the same.

    The point is you can live in that middle zone if you just engage what you use. It gets so tiresome the way people want access to the wonders of any of these systems but then not realize that they MIGHT have to do more than just show up and click things.

    Sure, bla bla bla, it should be easy…well, ANY of these can be used that way…but then let’s stop moaning about the parts that are the way they are to make it so the average Joe can show up and click things.

  7. Some proud Linux users fail to comprehend that alot of newer users to computers can barely operate a mouse and call up tech support to find out where the "any" key is.

    Yes all OS can be a mix of all 3 but stick a new computer user in front on a computer and this is likely the results they will give.

  8. Some proud Linux users fail to comprehend that alot of newer users to computers can barely operate a mouse and call up tech support to find out where the “any” key is.

    Yes all OS can be a mix of all 3 but stick a new computer user in front on a computer and this is likely the results they will give.

  9. While I agree that distros like Ubuntu have made leaps forward for the user friendliness of Linux, there's still a long way to go before they can match Windows/Mac.

    Last I checked, in order for my mouse side button to be used as Back in Firefox, I had to google up various cryptic instructions from the web, go to the command line and type something like "xmodmap 1 2 5 4 3" or something.

    That's not user friendly for something that should work out of the box.

  10. While I agree that distros like Ubuntu have made leaps forward for the user friendliness of Linux, there’s still a long way to go before they can match Windows/Mac.

    Last I checked, in order for my mouse side button to be used as Back in Firefox, I had to google up various cryptic instructions from the web, go to the command line and type something like “xmodmap 1 2 5 4 3” or something.

    That’s not user friendly for something that should work out of the box.

  11. Whenever I use linux I always have to resort to the command line. Definitely not user-friendly, so in that I agree.

    Although I think Windows comes more under the "stable" category than "customizable".

  12. Whenever I use linux I always have to resort to the command line. Definitely not user-friendly, so in that I agree.
    Although I think Windows comes more under the “stable” category than “customizable”.

  13. I think it's a great diagram – and quite to the point, statistically speaking.

    Have to disagree with some comments about Linux user friendliness, though. It all depends on the user scenario. I would say that for an average not-so-accustomed-to-computers internet user, Ubuntu can be way more user friendly than Windows for instance. As long as you stay inside the box, and do not try to customize things, you get lots for free: setup (much simpler than a Windows install), security (e.g. no virus killer hassles), freedom (no license hassles), etc. Also, like the Mac, the true multi-user paradigm of Linux makes it virtually impossible to "break the computer" by accident.

    However if you're trying to customize, you can quickly end up in terrible situations.

  14. I think it’s a great diagram – and quite to the point, statistically speaking.

    Have to disagree with some comments about Linux user friendliness, though. It all depends on the user scenario. I would say that for an average not-so-accustomed-to-computers internet user, Ubuntu can be way more user friendly than Windows for instance. As long as you stay inside the box, and do not try to customize things, you get lots for free: setup (much simpler than a Windows install), security (e.g. no virus killer hassles), freedom (no license hassles), etc. Also, like the Mac, the true multi-user paradigm of Linux makes it virtually impossible to “break the computer” by accident.

    However if you’re trying to customize, you can quickly end up in terrible situations.

    • Agreed. For a true novice Ubuntu is much friendlier than Windows, but less friendly for someone used to the Windows way of doing things. The hardest part about Linux isn't he OS, but getting used to how it's different from Winows.

      For example, software installation is generally much easier under Ubuntu than Win 7. I use all 3 OS's regularly, but Linux is my fave: easy, customizable, stable, fast, powerful.

  15. Well, Linux isnt VERY user friendly but it can certainly be friendly depending on the circumstances. I really dont think Windows is customizable at all (compared to Linux, at least).

    Anyway, to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of OSs you really need a lot more than 3 adjectives and 1 graph. Its pretty clever though…

  16. Well, Linux isnt VERY user friendly but it can certainly be friendly depending on the circumstances. I really dont think Windows is customizable at all (compared to Linux, at least).

    Anyway, to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of OSs you really need a lot more than 3 adjectives and 1 graph. Its pretty clever though…

    • I was a Windows user and I did'nt really liked making a "true" use of my computer, in october I moved under Ubuntu and now I got a PowerBook g4 running under Xubuntu (a variant) wich is a lot more user friendly and customizable than the old OSX that was coming with this old computer. That is the best about linux: you can have it for free and everywhere even on a ppc architecture that apple doesn't support since quite a while. Personnaly, I never looked back to windows and even my family (father, two sisters and brother) are now using ubuntu on a daily basis and nobody is never complaining.
      Linux is VERY user friendly because it took me about two weeks to get use to the Ubuntu enough to use it a lot more than I had ever used my computer under windows. Customisation is so easy that you can even have three version of your desktop on the same OS, I presently have both GNOME and KDE running graphically ubuntu and my girlfriend (huge MacOs fan, as a girl may be) prefers KDE because it is more beautiful and me GNOME since he is the most ergonomic and user friendly desktop I know. Stability, you can't even compare with windows, as a beginner on linux, I made HUGE mistakes like killing an important operation in a terminal or worse (terminal wich is a lot easier to use that any windows user would think because the windows terminal is both crappy and a lot to much hidden by the windows makers) and the hardest thing I had to do to continue using my machine is a 30 seconds reboot.
      Ah, just laughing a few seconds, I compared the boot speed under Xubuntu with my old 1.5 ghz and under Windows XP (a clean installation) with a I7 and my PowerBook has been quicker XD
      So, this comment is more like a book but anyways, I had a bit of time to loose!
      Just a last word, with ubuntu, when you don't know what to do, you don't have paying support available but a very well organised forum with thousands of people that will answer quickly, often in 10-15 minutes, wich is shorter than waiting on the phone with many companies ;)

  17. None of these properties can/should be described as 1 and 0. The question is not if X is e.g. customizable, but how much it is (and how much you need it to be).

    All of the above systems tend to be quite stable these days, even if I managed to bring down every single one of them within minutes just by doing some simple tasks.

    The question a user should ask herself is "which one does BEST suit my needs?".

    To find that out, a hard task it is. Pretty much must check it yourself or listen to a friend. And live with the consequences of either one.

  18. None of these properties can/should be described as 1 and 0. The question is not if X is e.g. customizable, but how much it is (and how much you need it to be).

    All of the above systems tend to be quite stable these days, even if I managed to bring down every single one of them within minutes just by doing some simple tasks.

    The question a user should ask herself is “which one does BEST suit my needs?”.
    To find that out, a hard task it is. Pretty much must check it yourself or listen to a friend. And live with the consequences of either one.

  19. I don't see why everyone says Windows is so unstable. Sure, it screws up sometimes, but that's what computers do. "All computers are shit and will break down just to piss you off."

  20. I don’t see why everyone says Windows is so unstable. Sure, it screws up sometimes, but that’s what computers do. “All computers are shit and will break down just to piss you off.”

    • Except when I was still running Windows it tended to crash a few times a week on average. Since switching (Gentoo Linux with KDE) I haven't seen a crash in two years. So, yes, I would have to refer to Windows as (surprisingly very) unstable.

      I also fail to see any non-user-friendliness with Linux… what I do see, is that some things are just done differently than they were with Windows, which should be expected. Once I'd bothered to spend an afternoon learning, it's been easy breezy.

  21. What a load of crap. User-friendliness is subjective. Customizability is subjective.

    And all three are stable as a rock if you don't suck at technology.

    • Hem, man, I think you should know that Linux is SO stable that all (for what I know) of the world's biggest servers are running Linux. Google the main one. After this, for a desktop, just choose the right distro and enjoy a stability that is better than the mac (don't even consider windows), A Customizability that you never dreamed of before seeing it, and a user-friendliness that you cannot compare with any other OS since you can customize it as you wish.

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