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Last week we asked how many backups you make of your important data How Many Backups of Your Important Data Do You Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Many Backups of Your Important Data Do You Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last week we asked you how many operating systems you use regularly. Most MakeUseOf readers answered that they use two operating systems in the average week. Full results and this week’s poll after the jump. Read More . Most of you answered that you think 1-2 backups of your important data is plenty enough.

From the 297 votes collected, the breakdown was: 52% people make 1-2 backups; 34% people make 3-5 backups; 9% make no backups at all; 3% make 6-10 backups and fewer than 1% make either 10-19 or 20+ backups.

So, you can see 1-2 backups is the most popular amount for important data, followed by 3-5 backups.

This week’s poll question is: Which Operating System is Better? Linux Vs Mac?

We know full well that Mac is based on Unix and that there’s dozens of other amazing Unix flavours, Windows operating systems and numerous other operating systems out there to choose from. But if your choice were narrowed down to your favourite Linux or Mac OS, would you pick Linux or Mac?

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Obviously, your answers could vary when considering the purpose of the computer – and some of you might really prefer neither. Have a rant in the comments and let us know what your choice is based on!

  1. Leszek Cyfer
    May 10, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Decent free system beats decent costly system.

    I don't use any of them anyway :P

  2. vs8
    April 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Try the latest Ubuntu Natty Daily build.

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/dail...

  3. pceasies
    April 20, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I configured a dv6tqe at hp.com with a 2.2Ghz CPU, 6GB RAM, HD6770M (slightly better), same 750GB 5400rpm HD, a 6-cell and 9-cell battery for over 10 hours total battery life (the 9 cell can apparently compare to the Macs, but is over-sized, so I configured it with both).

    It ended up being 1,234.99 (after 150 instant savings). The MBP was 2,199.00. Even the cheaper one that's even worse is 1,799.00. I also checked Dell and prices were well below that using the configurator tool, but it wasn't as close.

  4. pceasies
    April 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I found it:
    2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions.
    A. Single Use License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software,
    you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time. You
    agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple
    Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple
    computers at the same time.

    http://images.apple.com/legal/...

  5. Mecca
    April 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Mac terminal is based on Freebsd commands not Linux. If you want to play with the mac Terminal you need to learn the freebsd commands. I say mac is better because it works out of the box without setting anything up yourself. Linux works depending on your distro wither it works out of the box or not. customizing I am not a fan of Ubuntu or Kde newest look. it will probably take some work to put version 2.6 gnome or kde back on my distro. I think it all comes down to preference. a good user can make use of any os if he or she is familiar with.

    • Anonymous
      April 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      "I say mac is better because it works out of the box without setting anything up yourself." Really? Try installing Mac on a non Apple computer. Mac has the poorest hardware compatibility of all OSs because it's designed from the ground up to work only with New Apple hardware.

      Linux has the best hardware compatibility of all OSs over all. Windows requires the user to manually install drivers, with Linux most hardware works without the need for drivers, unless you choose to install Graphic Drivers and in some cases Wifi drivers.

      Any computer you buy with a pre-installed OS doesn't require the user to do anything.

      • pceasies
        April 20, 2011 at 1:57 am

        Mac hardware support is pretty terrible. Windows is pretty decent, it normally has drivers good enough you get you into Windows where you can use Windows update to get decent drivers installed for you.

        Linux works pretty well, but I've had problems with wireless and ATI. It's been a while (maybe 2-3 years since I dual-booted), and I think it's gotten better, but before I had to mess around in terminal and follow some forum post to get it to work with my x1650 (my understanding was there was something going on with ATI's linux drivers so they dropped support)

        • Anonymous
          April 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

          Things have changed now. Wifi is way better these days with all the open source drivers from different manufacturers. All major wifi manufacturers have open source drivers right now. ATI/AMD, Intel has great open source drivers, and Nvidia GPUs can use the nouveau open source driver as well.

          Even printing has gotten way better, with companies like Epson and Lexmark supporting Linux now.

        • pceasies
          April 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

          I may give it a try again, I had dual boot setup before, so that won't be a problem. Last time I tried Ubuntu (either 6 or 7). The GUI looks like it has some nice improvements too. I don't really like KDE that well. Any suggestions? Computer is has good hardware so that won't be a problem.

        • Anonymous
          April 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

          Try the latest Ubuntu Natty Daily build.

          http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

  6. Miggs
    April 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I kinda doubt OS X's user estimated share. Maybe it's very popular in US, but worldwide, I bet they don't own 5-6 % of the users, especially if comparing it with Linux's 1%.

    If I'd limit all this to my experience ( I knows it's not relevant ), all the computers I've encountered in schools, public institutions, companies and so on, were running:

    - Windows, in like 96% of the cases
    - Linux or Windows+Linux in 4% of the cases
    - OS X in 0% of the cases.

  7. Helder
    April 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My vote goes to Linux as the it is the OS that made me switch from the nightmare that was Windows Vista! I believe both Linux and Mac are superb systems, but Apple is way expensive and Linux is totally free. Apart from cost, Mac is a very strict system that doesn't leave much room to customization, unlike Linux, and Linux lacks some commercial applications available for Mac. Still, I would like to have a Mac sometime.

  8. Mike
    April 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Looking at the Out-of-the-Box experience Mac OS X is superior to any other Operating System. You install it on your Mac and everything works - in addition you get a great set of Apps and Utilities, if you bought a Mac you even get the entire iLife package for free.

    Looking at the usability it depends much on your skills and needs.
    With X11, Xcode (which are on your Mac OS X Install DVD) and/or projects like MacPorts you are ready to use any Tool and Application you'd use on Ubuntu or whatever Distribution you are using.

    The one point where Mac OS X fails is that all OpenSource Software needs to be adapted. There is always this one binary Apple put into a different directory. This is also where Mac OS X Server fails ~ is a pain in the ***.

  9. Not
    April 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    OSX and machines that run it are far too expensive for "Normal People." Linux is fun, free, and works on anything, which means that it is the only choice for a family on a budget.

  10. Kaue Lima
    April 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Well i vote OSX for sure... for the "Normal People" out there there's no other choice, apple offer the best user experience... but well... i know that linux will win here at makeuseof...

  11. isotrex
    April 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Linux for me for the simple reason that it's flexible, free, and you can use it on any type of computers, even on devices.

  12. Guest Troll
    April 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Ha-ha, of course Windows!

    • TheAdmindudeperson
      April 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Awesome username.
      But how can you be so wrong?

  13. Benohamid
    April 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Linux best
    Mac can be compared with windows
    Both are not free

  14. vs8
    April 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    It might not be perfect, but it suits my needs. Linux for the win! :D

  15. Lisa
    April 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I don't know anything about Mac OSX, but really, Linux is great for a bunch of reasons: tweak-ability, stability, and the fact that you get to learn a whole lot about how the OS actually works.

    Cheers.
    Lisa

  16. Arjun Bajaj
    April 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    both are awesome. but linux is free and can run on everything. But OSX is only made for Apple Computers and those thing are too expensive. But I have used both(Linux More), and I like the user interface of mac, the power and all but in the end i still use linux because i am not going to buy a mac anytime soon.

  17. Arkadij Shkolnik
    April 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I've recently switched to Linux and I must say, it's adorable. I use it at my office laptop now and I can admit, that my productivity has increased significantly (still, I couldn't refuse from Win 7 for home use). As for a Mac, after having tried working on it a little I understood that I don't like the OS ideology at all - too many functionality limitations and simplifications implemented make this OS not suitable for the tasks I settle.

  18. Trevor Lenten
    April 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I'd like to try a mac if I could afford one. Plus jobs always seems to rub me the wrong way with every new keynote. I don't use any apple device because of that. I will not contribute to tyranny ;)

  19. 3rd Worlder
    April 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Want a Mac
    :-)
    but can afford only a Linux
    :'-(

    • RainbowUnicorn
      April 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      I wish there were a way to make Mac programs run on linux. I don't really care about the stuff that comes with OSX, but some of the freeware out for the Mac are sweet.

    • Mike
      April 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      I don't really see Macs being that expensive in comparison...

      alternative to a 15" MacBook Pro:
      The only comparable notebook I found with an Core i7 Quad above 2GHz is the Lenovo ThinkPad W510 which is ~400$ more than the MBP

      An alternative to an iMac with same CPU, Gbit LAN, WLAN and Bluetooth would be the Lenovo IdeaCentre B3xx which costs roughly the same.

      Of course buying another tower system and adding things like a WiFi and Bluetooth card will go cheaper but it will also void your warranty and you can't compare a complete custom build with a ready to use system, right?

      • pceasies
        April 20, 2011 at 1:53 am

        I configured a dv6tqe at hp.com with a 2.2Ghz CPU, 6GB RAM, HD6770M (slightly better), same 750GB 5400rpm HD, a 6-cell and 9-cell battery for over 10 hours total battery life (the 9 cell can apparently compare to the Macs, but is over-sized, so I configured it with both).

        It ended up being 1,234.99 (after 150 instant savings). The MBP was 2,199.00. Even the cheaper one that's even worse is 1,799.00. I also checked Dell and prices were well below that using the configurator tool, but it wasn't as close.

  20. Anonymous
    April 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Nice audience there, makeuseof! ;)

  21. John
    April 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Having used Linux for many years and Mac for only a few I would have to say the Mac takes it for me. My reasoning is that an operating system should provide a set of services to let me run my applications.
    Put simply I have spent less time playing with the machine and more time using the machine since I made the switch. True, there are still many moments of frustration in the Mac world, just not quite as many as with Linux.
    As an ex-Amiga user I am really waiting for a better alternative along the lines of BeOS to get rid of this annoying legacy mess and give us something simple.

  22. Arek Nowak
    April 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Linux, for everything except photography and video editing. It is doable nevertheless. Somebody said that OS X has terminal, and sure they do. Somehow, it is not nearly as usable as Linux or Solaris. Mixing capital letters and small letters, every file start with description "DO NOT MODIFY", and lack of documentation other than often outdated manpages makes OS X terminal pretty painful to work with. Not to mention that there is not too many tools available right out of the box. Another beef with OS X is their absolute hatred of customization of any kind, which in my opinion cripples usability. I will still use it for their Aperture (and only because of Aperture) because it brings me money. Linux bring me more money for everything else.

  23. Woodogg18
    April 11, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Linux is always FREE. Depending on the distro, it is always evolving and has gotten to a point where really anyone can use it. Ubuntu is the best OS I have ever used, and I have tried it all (almost). I actually dual boot my desktop with windows 7 and ubuntu 10.10. Sadly, if your into gaming, you must still the monopolistic Microsoft OS. And no, "wine" does not play very well with games on Linux. As far as OSX goes... It's an apple product, nuff said. I hate apple ever since I've got my iPhone and am just waiting for my upgrade so I can be apple free. So what's the best? A duel boot windows/ubuntu system.

  24. Glued
    April 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Linux, because I don't have to pay money to 'switch' from Windows. Not to mention, Linux is the only one with competing distros, making choice even better.

  25. sirloganthestud
    April 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

    You can tell this is on Makeuseof. Linux is beating OS X.

  26. pceasies
    April 11, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I would say OSX is a better operating system due to it's usability and feature set (especially installation of apps is easier -- the ones not included in package manager/market).

    I think the biggest problem is OSX is made for Apple computers. Linux you can put on nearly anything with a CPU, RAM, and storage medium.

    • Woodogg18
      April 11, 2011 at 3:45 am

      Actually, you can put OSX on a pc and it will run approximately 10% faster than on a Mac. And this will really blow your mind... Put windows on a Mac and it has the same effect. Approximately 10% faster. Believe me, I've tested this when I heard about it (I didn't believe it either). Just for sh**s and giggles.

      • Arek Nowak
        April 11, 2011 at 4:16 am

        It is illegal to use OS X on non-apple computer. You can only install it on virtual machine on apple hardware, or apple hardware directly.

        • Tzutzeru
          April 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

          Several years ago Apple has adapted its OSX to run on PCs too (a PC can be much cheaper than a Mac). That-for it can't be illegal to install OSX on a PC.

        • pceasies
          April 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

          I think they adapted it to run on an Intel CPU instead of a PowerPC CPU.

        • pceasies
          April 20, 2011 at 12:56 am

          I found it:
          2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions.
          A. Single Use License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software,
          you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time. You
          agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple
          Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple
          computers at the same time.

          http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx106.pdf

        • Kerryliu123
          May 17, 2011 at 12:58 am

           stick an apple sticker and it will become "apple branded" ^_^

      • Anonymous
        July 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

        Strange! Could you post a link?

    • Cecilieaux
      April 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      And OSX becomes obsolete very easily. I've been trying to keep my gf's eMac running and it's a pain because no recent software will run on it.

  27. somebodygnu
    April 11, 2011 at 2:24 am

    having used MS, OSX, Ubuntu Linux i feel it all resides in how much you want to do with your OS one you can do security updates every Tuesday another ever so often and the last almost daily, but Linux also seems to improve as you move forward and not ask for $$ when a new version comes out (at least for Ubuntu)
    or maybe simply put ease of use vs frustration vs education.

  28. carlos benjamin
    April 11, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Yeah..... I'm a fairly new Mac convert, but I chose Linux because of its versatility. I love the stability of the Mac and I know that it's basically a nice GUI on top of a *NIX system. I don't buy the whole, "Mac hides the power of the OS from the user", because a terminal session is pretty easy to start up. What OSX does do it ease some of the pain that's still there in Linux distros.

    However, a Mac is primarily a user's machine whereas a Linux box can be any number of things (and, yes, I know that a Mac can be too, but why pay for the UI and the cachet when you just need a file server or some other utility box).

    • Anonymous
      July 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Macs have some other goodies, not just the OS.
      Unibody enclosure
      Backlit keyboard
      Great trackpad
      With gestures
      Thunderbolt - : )
      No latch
      Sudden Motion Sensor to protect HDD data - with SSDs, this will become a non-issue, but for now…
      No ugly stickers - not very important, but still a plus
      No ugly lights - not very important, but still a plus, these two shouldn't determine your choice of computer, but they are nice things to have

      For the OS, those "eye candy" are not always just for show
      Exposé
      Dashboard
      When dragging a file to another window from a background window, the background window doesn't become active and get in the way. That's polish, resulting in a seamless, productive experience. When saving, if the file is in the corner, the app will smoothly move to make space for the save dialog, rather than the user having to move it manually. Tiny things, but you don't notice until you're on another OS. And they save time = money accumulatively.

      Plus, just the OS has awesome things by default, that you would have to find on another system, things like Automator, a great IDE (Xcode), AppleScript, a great developer community who knows that more users will pay for or download their app if it looks good. Might sound superflous, but a good interface is very important. Subtle cues can help users understand how to use an application, making it more intuitive. Great apps on OS X. I also like that it makesuseof a lot of open source projects, rather than needlessly redoing things. I also like that Apple has contributed to open source community.

      But I do get what you mean. If you just need a certain function and aren't going to actually use the computer, a lot of these are useless. I don't know if OS X has any advantage over Linux in terms of servers, though.

      Also, sometimes Linux is ahead of both Windows (everything is) and OS X, such as this App Store thing, which Linux has had for how long with their "software repository", I don't know. But Apple JUST realises it would be a good idea once they saw that it had done well with the iPhone and iPad. I guess because Linux is a minority OS, they NEEDED a way for new users to discover apps to demonstrate that they DO have a lot of apps and that the users' needs can be fulfilled with Linux. I don't know why Apple didn't take their software for OS X page (which probably existed for the same reason) and have it as an App Store since the very beginning.

      I've said this on another site: one thing about Apple and the open source community is that they care about the end product, unlike Microsoft.

      I'll leave it at this: If Ubuntu would have a proper build that worked
      with the Intel Macs and EFI, none of this rEFIt crap, I would dedicate
      about 10GB to it on a dual-boot system.

  29. Michael Kennedy
    April 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I hate polls like this.

    Better at *what*? This question is simply flame war kindling.

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