Montag, 4. Januar 2016

Comparison of Operating Systems

This table compares the features of currently developed operating systems that are targetted on desktop computers or mobile devices. The comparison includes:

  • Microsoft Windows (both desktop and mobile)
  • Apple Systems (OS X and iOS)
  • Linux-based Google systems (Chrome OS and Android)
  • Ubuntu Linux (both desktop and mobile)
  • other Linux systems (both desktop, e.g. Fedora, OpenSuse, and Linux Mint, and mobile, e.g. Firefox OS, webOS, Tizen, Sailfish OS, mer with Plasma Active, and the Android-based CyanogenMod)
  • QNX (less important on the desktop, but used on phones in the form of BlackBerry 10)
  • Amiga OS (yes it still exists, desktop only)
  • RISC OS (used to be an important British operating system, desktop only)
  • eComStation (the successor of OS/2, desktop only)
  • Oracle Solaris (desktop only)
  • FreeBSD (available for desktops as PC-BSD or GhostBSD)
  • Haiku (the de facto successor of BeOS, although a separate development, desktop only)
 The winners on the desktop PC are 1. Mac OS X, 2. GNU/Linux, and 3. Windows 10; the winners on mobile systems such as smartphones are 1. CyanogenMod, 2. Android, 3. iOS. The comparison of mobile systems also include the number of available apps: when looking only at the real system features, there is a tie on first place of Windows 10 Mobile, BlackBerry 10, and CyanogenMod. Worst mobile system is Tizen, worst desktop system is AmigaOS.

When merging the scores from mobile and desktop systems, the top 3 winners are 1. Apple systems (OS X, iOS), 2. Microsoft Windows, 3. GNU/Linux (including the average score of all 7 non-Android but Linux-based mobile systems). Google follows on rank 4.

The table also includes an overview of other operating systems and their target devices.

If you spot any errors, please leave a comment.




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