Operating Systems – The Ones You Knew and the Ones You Didn’tby admin November 21, 2012 0 comments
If you think that Windows and Mac OS are the only operating systems powering all computers across the globe, you are definitely not a tech geek. Of course, they are popular, but are definitely not the only ones in existence. The past few decades has witnessed some amazing innovations in terms of operating systems. However, most of them are no more in operation, but the ones that exist definitely need your attention.
Beginning with Windows, it was in 1985, Microsoft developed its first GUI based operating systems called Windows 1.0. More than 2 decades later after having released several Windows versions, Microsoft in October 2009 launched its most awaited operating system – Windows 7. It was an instant hit. The company plans to further continue with the success with its brand new release the Windows 8.
Apple’s success story was not too different from Microsoft. The company developed its first operating systems for the Apple II computers in the late 1978. Decades later you now have Mac OS X Mountain Lion one of the most powerful operating systems ever developed.
Linux too, holds an equal share of glory. Thanks to its popular distributions out of which most of them are non-commercial, and therefore are available for free. Presently, Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions with an easy to use interface. Other popular distributions include Linux Mint, Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, and Knoppix just to name a few. All of these are live CDs and can also be used as a rescue disc in case your hard drive crashes.
Are you aware of web operating systems? These are operating systems which actually run from a remote server and not on your PC. However, in order to access a web operating system, you need to stay connected to the internet. Some of the most widely preferred web operating systems include Chrome OS, iCloud and Joli Cloud.
Lastly, you have the ones that power your mobile phones. Right on top of the list is iOS and is known to be the most perfect mobile operating system ever created. However, with Android lagging by just a few inches, the claim by Apple seems to be slowly fading away. Other operating systems include the Symbian OS which powers majority of Nokia handsets and Windows phone OS – adopted in various smart phones by Nokia, Samsung, LG and many more.
Listing down every single operating system that existed is obviously not humanly possible. But, you can expect the number to be somewhere over a 1100. No doubt, if you are a Windows or a Mac OS fan, you surely would not want to switch over to anything else. But, you cannot deny the fact that there are many other delicious treats waiting to be tasted.