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Question: Which Operating System do you use?
Ubuntu - 42 (20%)
other Linux - 33 (15.7%)
Windows - 78 (37.1%)
Windows primarily, separate Linux for Bitcoin only - 20 (9.5%)
Mac - 30 (14.3%)
BSD - 4 (1.9%)
Haiku - 0 (0%)
Solaris - 0 (0%)
(other) - 3 (1.4%)
Total Voters: 210

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June 28, 2011, 12:05:23 AM
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Some discussions about security made me wonder which OS most people use. If you use multiple Operating Systems, choose your favorite one. If you don't know, don't answer the poll.

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June 28, 2011, 12:12:54 AM
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Good idea to have a poll.  Might be interesting to see how skewed the population is compared to other large computing communities (eg Boinc - they have stats on OS and hardware).

Might also have been fun to include legit versus pirate on the list.
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June 28, 2011, 12:14:12 AM
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Some discussions about security made me wonder which OS most people use. If you use multiple Operating Systems, choose your favorite one. If you don't know, don't answer the poll.

I use anything and everything but windows Tongue using windows near any form of e-currency = financial suicide Cheesy
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June 28, 2011, 12:18:33 AM
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Win 7 Ultimate on almost every machine I own (4) and 1 OSX Snowleopard box (for iPhone work).
...Regardless..my bitcoin wallet/instance is on a detached external portable 1TB HD fully encrypted and tucked away in a fire proof box in my bedroom closet. I just use blockexplorer to keep track of my balances.
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June 28, 2011, 12:18:50 AM
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64bit OS/2 Warp
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June 28, 2011, 12:33:37 AM
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Ubuntu to mine, windows the rest of the time.

There are still too many programs that I use daily and work only on windows to make the full switch, but I would if I could.
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June 28, 2011, 12:47:39 AM
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other => both windows and linux equally.

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June 28, 2011, 12:50:36 AM
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mac most of the time, linux for mining
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June 28, 2011, 12:17:47 PM
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Huh, looks like the large market share makes Ubuntu a big target. I guess I'll do my Bitcoin transactions in BSD from now on: same security as Linux, but less attractive to thieves since nearly nobody uses it...

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June 28, 2011, 12:19:48 PM
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What about Linux primarily, Windows for gaming? Cheesy
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June 28, 2011, 12:26:59 PM
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Some discussions about security made me wonder which OS most people use. If you use multiple Operating Systems, choose your favorite one. If you don't know, don't answer the poll.
the most secure os is Dos  Cheesy no internet no nothing.
Its is a very long conversation about what is secure and what is not.
i use 4 distros of linux among ubundu, suse,debian,unbreakable linux Wink , windows, and some times a mac (!).
NONE of these is secure. For anything of them to be secure it would need an educated user.
if you understand what i am writing you will get my point.
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June 28, 2011, 12:32:46 PM
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If a forum mod is reading this, could you post the OS usage stats from your http logs?

BTC accepted at my browser-based MMO, Minethings.com.  ~1500 active players mining now.
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June 28, 2011, 12:49:58 PM
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What about Linux primarily, Windows for gaming? Cheesy
This. Though with my GPU mining all the time, it's hard to find a time to boot into windows for gaming. Smiley

My windows license is not pirated, as I get them for free through MSDNAA.

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June 28, 2011, 01:43:14 PM
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I use anything and everything but windows Tongue using windows near any form of e-currency = financial suicide Cheesy
This used to be true, but Windows 7 is a pretty solidly secure OS. 

Every major Internet provider I'm aware of has switched to modem/routers, so fewer and fewer of users are directly connected to the Internet, which closes the door on virtually all threats outside those initiated by the user themselves.  Stay away from phishing attempts, don't download exes from untrusted sources, and leave the Windows update service on auto. 

/ 25 years using/developing on Dos/Windows
/ No infections - virus, trojan horse, or worm
/ No "hacked" accounts, stolen USD or BTC, etc
/ Did lose some family photos once due to a flawed backup strategy. >_<
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June 28, 2011, 01:45:08 PM
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My windows license is not pirated, as I get them for free through MSDNAA.
Not to be a party-pooper, but you do know that you're not allowed to use that for anything other than testing, right?  You may as well just pirate it if you're not going to buy a full license.
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June 28, 2011, 02:08:05 PM
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Not to be a party-pooper, but you do know that you're not allowed to use that for anything other than testing, right?  You may as well just pirate it if you're not going to buy a full license.

You may use the software for non-commercial purposes including instructional use, research and/or design, and development and testing of projects for class assignments, tests, or personal projects. You may not use MSDNAA software for any for-profit software development.
When you are no longer taking credit courses in the member school, you may no longer obtain MSDNAA software. However, you may continue to use previously installed products on your computer, provided you continue to follow MSDNAA program guidelines.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/academic/bb250622.aspx

I'm doing lots of personal projects (aka beating that final level in game xyz) and testing computer games on my windows installation. Also some surfing (errr, research). For commercial and for-profit needs or anything serious, Ubuntu is my OS of choice.

As soon as I'm no longer a student and a new Windows version is out, I will buy it. It's not like I'm a Microsoft hater, I actually like Windows 7. And I usually don't pirate things. Smiley

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June 28, 2011, 05:07:05 PM
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Mac OS X is based on BSD... so which should we pick?

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June 28, 2011, 05:18:29 PM
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Ubuntu for all web browsing and Bitcoin - Windows for everything else.
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June 28, 2011, 05:46:29 PM
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As soon as I'm no longer a student and a new Windows version is out, I will buy it. It's not like I'm a Microsoft hater, I actually like Windows 7. And I usually don't pirate things. Smiley
Then you're already way ahead of your peers!  Sounds like you're well up to speed on the valid uses of MSDNAA, even if you are stretching definitions a teensie bit.  Grin
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June 28, 2011, 06:19:54 PM
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Mac OS X is based on BSD... so which should we pick?

Yes, and BSD and Solaris are both Unix so pick (other) since I did not list Unix.
Seriously, what's the point in playing stupid? It should be obvious which choice is for you if you use a Mac, but even if it isn't: My first post says "if you don't know, don't answer the poll".

Check out my other articles on the forum:
"The Bitcoin Establishment Plan: How to talk about Bitcoins properly"
http://bit.ly/k6LRkM
"Solution: How to shift the decimal"
http://bit.ly/m0N0H4
If you find any of my articles worth reading, consider tipping me:
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