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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, 06:28:44 PM
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Slackware and OS X. Also Windows 7, XP, and FreeBSD, but I don't happen to run any Bitcoin stuff on those. Didn't answer the poll, obviously.
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June 28, 2011, 06:54:50 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".

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June 28, 2011, 08:50:19 PM
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...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.

AFIK, fire-proof boxes are designed to keep paper from bruning, not protecting electronic media. A few hours in a fire would probably fade any data stored in a fire safe.

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June 28, 2011, 09:47:40 PM
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There's no option for "all of the above." I'm a mac person, but most of my mining is done on linux. I recently got into PC gaming as kind of a by-product of having so many damn graphics cards.

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June 28, 2011, 09:51:05 PM
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June 28, 2011, 10:13:26 PM
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...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.

AFIK, fire-proof boxes are designed to keep paper from bruning, not protecting electronic media. A few hours in a fire would probably fade any data stored in a fire safe.

He is right, the temperatures will be way to high for a HD to survive. The data might be recoverable (i even think it would be), but it would be very expensive.
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June 28, 2011, 10:19:24 PM
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Got a pretty good sampling so far. I personally use windows installed on a second hard drive. I only turn on that hard drive when I want to move coins.
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June 29, 2011, 12:28:41 AM
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I picked Mac because that's my favorite OS for personal machines (I have a MacBook and a home built Hackintosh), but I use FreeBSD on my servers (absolutely love FreeBSD jails on production machines), and I'm using Ubuntu Linux on my mining rigs and on my home media center. I pretty much use a little bit of everything besides Windows Grin

If Windows could finally include a decent UNIX compatible command prompt/terminal I'd consider using it for some things, but right now that baby toy they call cmd.exe just doesn't cut it for me and I've tried Cygwin but that just wasn't the same.
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June 29, 2011, 12:39:36 AM
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I primarily use Ubuntu on my netbook and have win7 for when I want to watch Netflix. Before my desktop died (ran the cpu and gpu miner at the same time and blew my small 460 Watt PSU which took my motherboard with it >.<) I mostly used win7 and occasionally ran ubuntu.

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June 29, 2011, 12:46:42 AM
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Windows, the quiet majority.

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June 29, 2011, 01:42:09 AM
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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...

ORly? OpenBSD may not be that good of an idea Smiley
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June 29, 2011, 01:44:52 AM
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Windows, the quiet majority.

Linux is ahead 67-65 right now, unless you also count the 'Linux for Bitcoin' number, in which case it's 83-65. Unless you mean in general, in which case it should be the oblivious majority Smiley
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June 29, 2011, 02:00:32 AM
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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...

Depends.  OpenBSD's claim to fame is that it's default install is secure from remote attacks.  However it's default install has just about nothing and while pkgs and the ports tree are audited to a point they share an awful lot of code with the parent project.  I.e. There have been far more than two remote exploits in Apache on OpenBSD.  I myself have had an OpenBSD box hacked.

OpenBSD has a richer privilege system than standard Linux but not better than GrSecurity which is a full-blown RBAC system.

As I've mentioned way too many times.  I also think that OpenBSD could have done a better job on W^X which is their ASLR product.  PaX is much more robust (but as a contrast it needs to be enabled).


I used hardened Gentoo - that's Gentoo with PaX/GrSecurity patches.

I'm rather good with Linux.  If you're having problems with your mining rig I'll help you out remotely for 0.05.  You can also propose a flat-rate for some particular task.  PM me for details.
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June 29, 2011, 02:24:56 AM
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Newbie...not sure if I can post yet or now.  We'll see.

I use FreeBSD.  I'm familiar with the hassles of building from source on this platform and prefer to do things this way for systems that I care about.  I'm using a Trunk source pulled from git a week or two ago.  If I wanted to pick up the fix for the wallet creation seg-fault from a few days ago, it would take only a few minutes.  If there were a a defect which effected me more or which I cared about more (e.g., a notable security issue) I could patch it just as easily.

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June 29, 2011, 11:40:34 AM
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bitcoinX.com stats:

Windows     76.11%    
Linux          10.40%    
Macintosh   10.04%


The same poll but only for mining rigs and detailed to xp/vista/7 would be very interesting.

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June 29, 2011, 02:13:31 PM
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There already was a poll:

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=21499.0

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June 29, 2011, 03:27:33 PM
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Newbie...not sure if I can post yet or now.  We'll see.

I use FreeBSD.  I'm familiar with the hassles of building from source on this platform and prefer to do things this way for systems that I care about.  I'm using a Trunk source pulled from git a week or two ago.  If I wanted to pick up the fix for the wallet creation seg-fault from a few days ago, it would take only a few minutes.  If there were a a defect which effected me more or which I cared about more (e.g., a notable security issue) I could patch it just as easily.


Similar to Gentoo.  Which is source based, ergo patches get integrated into the package management system quickly....in fact you can easily create or modify an ebuild to accept a patch that isn't in the current source tree.

I'm rather good with Linux.  If you're having problems with your mining rig I'll help you out remotely for 0.05.  You can also propose a flat-rate for some particular task.  PM me for details.
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June 29, 2011, 03:40:16 PM
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Desktops: Latest fedora
Netbook: Debian with heavy custom tweaks
Laptop: Fedora 14
PS3: Debian
Servers: Debian or OpenBSD

I also have a partial windows taint on my laptop (had to unfortunately) - it's never booted for the most part and gets used about once every 2-3 months
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