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In last week’s poll How Did Twitter Affect Your Life? [Poll] How Did Twitter Affect Your Life? [Poll] Read More , we asked you if Twitter changed your life or just gave you more work. We only had 160 responses. The majority of you who answered did not use Twitter or didn’t even know what it was.

However, out of the 57 of you that did use Twitter, only 16 people thought it gave them more work!

36 of you said that Twitter did improve your lives. 25 people voted that Twitter did add to their work load but they loved it! I fall into that category. You can see all of the responses and our next poll after the jump.


This week’s poll is about operating systems. How many do you use? I know a lot of people who are booting two, three, four and even five operating systems on their computers. After all, there is a different tool for every job. Why not a different operating system for any task? Do you agree? A Mac for photo editing, a PC for running Active Directory and a Linux machine for its open source repository goodness.

We will be including virtual machines in this vote as well as physically-booted operating systems.

Your vote will reflect how many operating systems you can boot from your computer, not from a live CD or DVD.

And we would love to hear from what operating systems they are. Voice out in the comments! Personally, I have 3 bootable operating systems (XP, Vista and Seven) in addition to my 6 virtual machines including Windows 98, ME, NT 4, Ubuntu, Mac OS X 10.6 and puppy Linux. So how about you?

  1. Aaron
    June 2, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I've got Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Chrome OS running in Parallels on my MacBook Pro so 6 in total.

  2. JohnBUK
    May 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Have Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.4 dual boot system. Also have Virtualbox on Ubuntu running Windows Vista

  3. Saptashwa
    May 30, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I use XP. The virtual box contains Google Chrome OS and Android.

  4. Saptashwa
    May 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I have only one bootable - XP.
    But I do use Google Chrome OS Beta in virtual machine and sometimes linux.

  5. Saptashwa
    May 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I have only one bootable - XP.
    But I do use Google Chrome OS Beta in virtual machine and sometimes linux.

  6. Ibrahim Ali
    April 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

    On my desktop I dual boot into two hard drives: the main one - win xp and the secondary one Ubuntu Karmic Koala. Honestly, I find windows much easier and more stable when it comes to media files, media conversion and video editing. On my one-year-old 64-bit 4 GB RAM laptop I use the pre-installed Windows Vista and so far it has really done well for me.

  7. linux blog
    April 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I have Ubuntu and WinXP on my HDD (Win for a few specific apps I sometimes need to run). In fact I'm also booting Slax from pendrive quite often, so I should answer: 3 OSes :)

  8. Vivek
    April 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Windows XP SP3 and Ubuntu 9.10 on the desktop...Windows 7 and Linux Mint 8 on laptop..Persistent Slitaz on USB for a laptop without hard disk and OpenSuse , Fedora and PC BSD 8 in virtual box

  9. nganchaihou
    April 5, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Often use PC that boots Windows XP & Windows 2000. Once in a while, use another PC which boots Windows 2000, Ubuntu & Red Hat. Would like to try out Mac OS X and FreeBSD too.

  10. ld27
    April 2, 2010 at 6:59 am

    OS X Snow Leopard natively and Ubuntu 9.10 in VirtualBox

  11. zidane
    March 31, 2010 at 1:15 am


  12. Paulo Matsui
    March 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Mac OS X (snow leopard) and Win7 on VirtualBox.

  13. Karl L. Gechlik
    March 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Wow alot more people are booting OSX on pc's than I thought!

  14. Karl L. Gechlik
    March 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the spam John! Sheeesh!

  15. Pubudu@TechHamlet
    March 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I use 3 Linux versions and 2 installations of Windows 7 :P

  16. turtaf
    March 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Debian on my home pc
    Ubuntu on the shared pc at home
    Win XP at work

    Random stuff on virtual machines (ebox, tinycore, windows) depending on the pc

  17. Abhijeet
    March 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Windows XP, Vista, Ubuntu

  18. Imee
    March 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard :]

  19. Paul Sanduleac
    March 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I've got XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X also.

  20. Eric
    March 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I have 2 operating systems on my pc, Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.5 (both not virtual machines) I use Windows 7 for reliability (about 1/4 of the time Mac OS X does not even boot on my pc) and I mainly use Mac OS X for back to my mac.

  21. Mattia
    March 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Only Ubuntu :)

  22. Ben
    March 29, 2010 at 10:38 am


  23. Karl L. Gechlik
    March 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    A junior admin around here did it for me. I believe he said he used information from the link below. Check out this forum:

  24. Daleus
    March 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Windows XP, Vista, 7, MacOSX Snow Leopard.

    There are the OSes I have to support at work, so I have one busy little PC ;)

    2 on the Mac - the above mentioned OSX Snow Leopart, and XP.

    No Linux because I *still* haven't found any tutorial/teaching aid that's free, approaches the subject from the perspective of someone switching from Windows, and doesn't look down on me in an arrogant manner because I'm a Windows user - an attitude I find to be far too prevalent in the Linux community.

  25. Ray
    March 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Have one OS X 10.6 machine with XP and Ubuntu 10.1 Virtual machines on board. Also have Ubuntu NBR machine with just one XP virtual machine

    You say you have OS X 10.6 on a virtual machine. Would like to hear how you got that up and running

  26. Martyn
    March 29, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I have seven operating systems - some on a virtual machine
    I have Windows XP, Dos 6.22, Solaris, Ubuntu Linux, Kubuntu Linux, OpenBSD and a Free port of Windows 95.

  27. David Kramer
    March 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Ubuntu 9.10 (on three computers), Windows XP (on two computers), Windows 7 Starter (on my netbook), Windows Mobile 6.0, iPhone OS 3.1.1

  28. RLam
    March 29, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I have OS X Snow Leopard and XP in Parallels.

  29. Araxhiel Khy
    March 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I have XP and Ubuntu Karmic...

  30. amine23
    March 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

    so i've always two, Linux( it s free, safe, fast...) and Windows(cuz we can't leave the windows yet,cuz of its necessary programs).
    On my desktop i've a genuine xp(errr it's horrible) with an openSUSE), and on my netbook i've an rc win7 with Linux Mint,

  31. curts
    March 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Currently dual-boot Windows XP SP3 & Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop, and my XO laptop still has an OLPC Fedora 9 remix.

    I have a Z-80 virtual machine that runs CP/M 2.2 w/ the NZCOM enhancements installed ( I would like to get an Apple II+ virtual machine operational, but I haven't had time to capture copies of all my old ROMs and a suitably formatted boot disk image.

  32. nils
    March 29, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I'm a bit of a Linux Buff

    Acer Aspire One with 500 GB HD : 2 x Ubuntu Karmic, Ubuntu Lucid, ArchLinux, Fedora 12, Suse 11.2, Sidux, Backtrack 4, Pardus, Crunchbang -> managed through Grub2 but also accessible from my main Karmic and Fedora through the rawdisk feature of Virtualbox.

    Epia M9000 : Karmic server with VMs FreeNas, Turnkey WordPress and Elastix

    Athlon X2 3800 : Mythbuntu and many Linux and BSD VMs

    2 other Boxes of the 1 GHz class with constantly varying Linux OSs.

  33. curts
    March 29, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Currently dual-boot Windows XP SP3 & Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop, and my XO laptop still has an OLPC Fedora 9 remix.

    I have a Z-80 virtual machine that runs CP/M 2.2 w/ the NZCOM enhancements installed ( I would like to get an Apple II+ virtual machine operational, but I haven't had time to capture copies of all my old ROMs and a suitably formatted boot disk image.

  34. Rose
    March 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I use Mac OSX as my main OS and on my "other" computers I have XP, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

  35. Ivan Kolevski
    March 29, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I run 2 OS's on my desktop/workstation, Linux MiNT and Windows 7. Dual booting with linux distro's since 2005. I occasionally use MAC OS X, only at work, when I need to/have to.

  36. Adrian Panescu
    March 29, 2010 at 2:54 am

    openSUSE 11.2 and Windows XP SP3 in VirtualBox

  37. Underground Hypnosis
    March 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Useful information, many thanks to the author

  38. Mike
    March 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Mac OS X Snow Leopard and WINDOWS 7 Pro
    I did have Mint 8 installed but it didnt get along well with the other OS's and F'ed up windows 7 and i had to reinstall so i removed Mint 8

  39. Locutus
    March 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Windows 7. Some times I install Wubi.

  40. Aeiluindae
    March 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I triple-boot Windows 7, Arch Linux (Chakra) and an Ubuntu derivative (currently Jolicloud, but the graphics drivers are messed up, so that's going to change to the latest Ubuntu beta). In virtual machines, I have Windows XP, several more Ubuntu versions, Debian lenny, Android, Fedora Moblin Spin, and a few more Live CDs. I've also got an install of Ubuntu or Crunchbang Linux on an external hard drive for recovery. All of this is running on a year-old convertible tablet.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      March 30, 2010 at 5:45 am

      Nice - what tablet? Do you like it? How much memory?

  41. Fritz Pinguin
    March 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Kubuntu 9.10 boot. XP, W7 64, Kubuntu 10.04 in VirtualBox.

  42. dOgBOi
    March 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I have 2 bootable (OS X Snow Leopard and Windows Vista), and I also run Ubuntu Studio in Parallels.

  43. fik
    March 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Currently dual-booting Vista Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu...

  44. ari
    March 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I use PC-BSD 8 & Fedora 12 in my laptop, Windows 7 in desktop (Steam doesn't work under Linux).

  45. Jellmoo
    March 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Windows 7, Ubuntu 10.04 Beta, and Crunchbang Statler are the ones I boot from.

    Windows XP, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Pardus and Zenwalk in a virtual machine.

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