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METHODOLOGY We scored individual categories based upon debates, experiences, and expertise of PC Magazine editors and analysts. Before calculating final scores, we assigned weights to categories, considering interface, third-party software, and drivers/hardware as more important, and one-time factors such as price and installation as less important.


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Contemplating a change? First consider what kind of user you are. Here are our suggestions:

WEB SURFER
Any OS. You don't need anything fancy to browse the Web and send e-mail.

OFFICE DRONE
Windows. Get things done with minimal fuss.

GAMER
Windows. Millions of gamers can't all be wrong. (Or buy a Nintendo Wii.)

PHOTOGRAPHER
Windows. All cameras work with it, and the imaging tools are plentiful.

VIDEOGRAPHER
Mac OS. It's what the pros in -Hollywood prefer.

ARTIST/MUSICIAN
Mac OS. The other artsy people will laugh at you if you use anything else.

TECH DO-IT-YOURSELFER
Ubuntu. You'll get the most satisfaction from taming this somewhat wild beast.

OPEN-SOURCE SUPPORTER
Ubuntu. Not lining the pockets at Apple and Microsoft just feels good.
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Ubuntu is for n00blets

They picked Windows for Office work? LOL

Photographer for Windows? LOL

What a joke - I never read PC Magazine
    
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Actually Ubuntu is for programmers, developers, and nerds/geeks
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Actually Ubuntu is for programmers, developers, and nerds/geeks
Ubuntu = Slackware is too hard for me

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Does this not seem a little towards macs or something? I don't want to whine and I haven't used mac much in terms of installation and interface I think vista should have won.
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I always thought the installation on macs was pretty damn easy? All I do is drag icons into the application forlder and the installer does the rest. No surprises or customizations needed at all. Also, installing the OS was super easy too. Just clicked on the hard drive I wanted to install it to and typed in a name and 30 minutes later, I had OS X.
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Wow that is retarded........ compiz fusion is the BEST interface I have ever used....... excellent effects. I guess they were too stupid to figure out how to get it working. FAIL

And the fact that ubuntu is free. Yet they give it a 4.5/5

What do you have to do? Pay them to use the dang thing? Absolutely biased excuse of an article imo. No offense to the OP.
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Well I mean vista's installation is extremely easy..
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post #9 of 76
ubuntu installation is the easiest thing ever. they even have a live disc so you can see it before you start and you can have a GUI partition editor.

bundled software is good but then it has a ton of third party software that you just click and apply

i haven't run into one thing i cant use with ubuntu hardware wise. and if your nic is supported then there is no network problem and that is the only major driver there missing is one for wireless nic's

and the only virus i worry about is the one i might give to my windows os.
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I was also a little disappointed to see how little credit they gave Ubuntu. I think it beats out all other OS's in terms of looks and speed. While it may not exactly be as easy to deal with as other OS's, it definitely is easy to install. Not to mention the live disc can be quite a powerful tool at times.

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Does this not seem a little towards macs or something? I don't want to whine and I haven't used mac much in terms of installation and interface I think vista should have won.
I agree with you on that. I personally am annoyed by the MacOS interface, windows not maximized piling on top of each other, those stupid bouncy things in the bottom, the spinning rainbow loading circle... it's all too frilly for me.
I personally don't see how people who don't know computers would find MacOS any easier than windows. It only seems easier because everyone hypes it up to be- which is basically the whole idea of Apple products, be a fad.
/rant
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