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View Poll Results: Which operating systems have you used, or at least tried out for one day?
MS-DOS 51 80.95%
OS/2 22 34.92%
Windows 1.x / 2.x 15 23.81%
Windows 3.x 44 69.84%
Windows NT 36 57.14%
Windows 95 57 90.48%
Windows 98 55 87.30%
Windows Me 30 47.62%
Windows XP 60 95.24%
Windows Vista 49 77.78%
Windows 7 50 79.37%
Windows 8 14 22.22%
MacOS X 31 49.21%
MacOS 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 26 41.27%
Linux 42 66.67%
Solaris 17 26.98%
BeOS 5 7.94%
FreeBSD 12 19.05%
Irix 4 6.35%
CP/M 7 11.11%
SysV 2 3.17%
SCO Unix 10 15.87%
HP/UX 7 11.11%
VMS 10 15.87%
Plan 9 2 3.17%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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12 + C-64 + whatever Timex/Sinclair had + Zenix. Do Basic stamps count?
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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This is like asking "Roughly, how old of a geek are you?"

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Old 04-01-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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This is like asking "Roughly, how old of a geek are you?"

ROFL..how true. I'm a software engineer with 20+ years and have checked almost every one of the choices

Personally I prefer any unix based OS over windows.
Windows, IMHO has more security holes than swiss cheese.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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Windows, IMHO has more security holes than swiss cheese.
I LOVE Swiss cheese. That explains why I put up with Windows!
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Forgot to add I was a heavy user of BTOS...
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:48 PM
 
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21 on the list. Mostly just from toying around and personal use, but also a few from my healthcare IT days (the public would be horrified if they knew how their electronic medical records were stored and accessed).

Home computers used to all be FreeBSD/Linux. Now my media box is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and my personal machine is running OS X. I tried Linux as a media box, but that was rather painful and I had a license for Server 2008 R2 anyway. Tried Linux on my personal machine fairly recently, but the lack of quality software (data analysis, CAD, etc) made it a pain. Combine that with needing to work with people using MS Office, and my desire to have things like flash/audio/etc work painlessly and not break after seemingly innocuous updates, and I had to go to OS X, relying on Terminal.app for my Unixy goodness.

Looks like I'm the only person who used Plan 9.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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14+ but also have pretty much worked with every MS Server OS from 3.51 to 2K8R2. There's also OpenBSD...but I guess you have to cap that at some point otherwise you'll start listing every flavor of Linux.....

Is Irix still around? I remember having to administer it back in the 90s on a Origin 2000 (6.x?).
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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You forgot TRS-DOS.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Is Irix still around? I remember having to administer it back in the 90s on a Origin 2000 (6.x?).
Was Irix only on SGI? They're out of business, but some years ago I noticed that there was a hot after-market for used SGI platforms. So Irix may still be around.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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Was Irix only on SGI? They're out of business, but some years ago I noticed that there was a hot after-market for used SGI platforms. So Irix may still be around.
SGI actually is still around. They do lots of high performance computing stuff and got out of the workstation business. They also had the good sense to abandon MIPS and IRIX and move to Intel and Linux. IRIX is still supported until December 2013, though it hasn't received an update since 2006.

HP, Sun, SGI, etc simply couldn't keep up with advances made by Intel on the hardware side or Microsoft and various open source projects on the software side, at least not at a cost that people would actually pay. Their market was simply too small to sustain home-grown architectures running home-grown operating systems.
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