What OS combo do you use for your primary devices?

Anish P March 19, 2013
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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what combinations of operating systems MakeUseOf users have for their primary devices, such as phone(s), laptop(s), home desktop (if any), tablet (if any). Be as specific as possible with your OS (4.2.2 instead of Android). What’s your reasoning behind using this combination of OSes for your devices?

I’ll start it off to give you an example:
Phone: iOS 6.1.2
Laptop: OSX Mountain Lion
Desktop: N/A
Tablet: N/A

I don’t have a need for a desktop or a tablet at the moment, but if I had a home desktop and/or tablet, I’d certainly make them OSX and iOS, respectively. I love this combination of iOS and OSX because not only does it truly does unify the entire Apple experience for me (iMessage, FaceTime, Reminders, Notes – aka everything using iCloud), I feel like it seriously enhances my productivity. Though this can be emulated by other OS combinations (which I have tried), I feel like this combination has the least issues and, not to sound cliché, ‘just works’.

  1. ZippeyKeys12
    May 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    My Tech Arsenal
    (HTC Vivid)Phone: Latest version of Android for it
    (MacBook Pro)Laptop: OS X Mountain Lion / Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Ubuntu x64
    (MacBook)Laptop: OS X Snow Leopard x86
    (Dell)Laptop: Windows XP Professional x64
    (Toshiba)Laptop: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition x64
    (iPad 1)Tablet: iOS 5.1.1
    (TI-nSpire CX)Calculator: NspireCX
    (iPod Touch 4)Device: iOS 6.1.3
    (iPod Shuffle 2)MP3 Player: Latest version for iPod Shuffle
    To Be:
    (iMac)Desktop: OS X Mountain Lion + Windows 7 Ultimate*
    (Custom PC)Desktop: Windows 8 Pro
    (Hackintosh)Desktop: OS X Mountain Lion / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 Pro / Ubuntu / ZippyOS**

    *I got Windows 7 Ultimate to install over OS X as additional libraries
    **I got Windows 7 Ultimate to install over OS X as additional libraries and added my own libraries as well as my father's former employee's libraries that were passed down, he coded in LISP(Common Lisp, Scheme & Clojure)

  2. ZippeyKeys12
    May 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    My Tech Arsenal
    (HTC Vivid)Phone: Latest version of Android for that model / iPod Touch
    (MacBook Pro)Laptop: OS X Mountain Lion / Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Ubuntu x64
    (MacBook)Laptop: Mac OS X Snow Leopard x32
    (Dell)Laptop: Windows XP Professional x32
    (Toshiba Tablet*)Laptop: Windows XP Professional x32
    (iPad I)Tablet: iOS 5.1.1
    (TI - nSpire CX)Calculator: nSpire
    Soon to be:
    (Hackintosh)Desktop: OS X Mountain Lion / Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Ubuntu x64
    (Custom-Computer)Desktop: Windows 8 Pro x64
    (iMac)Desktop: Custom OS X / Windows 7 Ultimate**
    *The one with the spin around touchscreen
    **Install Windows over it as additional libraries so it runs .exe .app files seamlessly(I can not give directions)

    • ZippeyKeys12
      May 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Sorry, my son was messing around with my MacBook Pro.

  3. Stephen Hill
    May 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Tablet: Most up to date version of android available for the device.
    Phone: Most up to date version of android available for the device.
    Desktop: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual booted with linux Mint 14 x64 KDE
    Main laptop: linux Mint 14 x32 with Cinnamon
    Secondary Laptop: Mageia 3 x32 as a media player only

    I usually use the desktop for programming and as a personal Minecraft server for bukkit testing.
    The main laptop I use as a gaming rig with Minecraft being the game of choice.
    The media player is just a thing that hosts media throughout the house. I am working on a panel in every room to change settings per the speakers in each room. It's a rather fun thing to setup.

  4. Joel Thomas
    April 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm


    Windows 8 or 7

    nexus 10

  5. Dominic Chang
    March 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Apparently mine quite diverse
    Phone: android 4.1.1 (news of update)
    Laptop: windows 7
    Desktop: N/A
    Tablet: iPad 1

    I use my laptop and phone mostly. The ipad is now just for some games that I have been playing for more than 2 years. Windows 7 is cause I got my laptop just before the they announce a cheaper price for windows 8 if you got your computer after a certain date. Haven't found a reason to upgrade it yet. phone is mainly due to me using android previously thus continue to use it on my phone.

  6. jax c
    March 29, 2013 at 1:23 am

    iMac running snow leopard 10.6.8 (need that ppc support!!)
    have a MacBook with Lion installed, thinking of selling and downgrading, I REALLY dont like the lack of integration… dont understand why Apple disowned their first born, but anyway…
    Android phone 2.3.6 tmobile prism.. just cause it was cheap and the only suitable phone available at time of purchase (since you just CANT survive without a cellular device in this day and age.. learned the hard way) but hey, cant complain.
    also have iPhone 4 ios6 jailbroken i just use it for wifi and music :x

  7. Chris
    March 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Desktop: Windows 7 Ultimate.
    Kindle has Android.
    Iphone: IOS 6 Jailbroken.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hello, my setup at home is the following:

    Android 4.1.2
    Main computer: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP PRO virtual machine)
    spare computer: Windows 7 Ultimate x32
    laptop 1: Windows Vista x32
    laptop 2: Windows XP PRO
    old desktop: Ubuntu 12.10 (for recovery)
    server: Server 2003 (old server, unable to run higher version)

  9. Bradley Bondy
    March 23, 2013 at 1:58 am

    phone: android 4.1.2
    main pc: ubuntu 12.04, and windows 7 home primium
    tablet: n/a

  10. Doug H
    March 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Mac OS X Mountain Lion notebook
    iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.3
    iPad, iOS 6.1.3
    iPad Mini, iOS 6.1.3
    Windows 7 Core i7 Desktop

    All productivity and entertainment apps are done on the Mac and iOS but there are some key audio production programs on Windows 7 I rely on, and also use it as a file server.

    Having the Windows machine is really more about the fact that it's a desktop than the fact that it's Windows. I find having one desktop around makes certain things like streaming media easier, plus it's pretty powerful.

  11. aelaos
    March 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    my combo is:
    Phone : IOS 6.1.2
    MacBook pro : Macos X 10.8.3 /Win 8 dual boot
    Laptop : Win XP SP3
    Desktop : Win 7 Pro SP1
    Desktop 2: MacOS X 10.6.8
    Tablet : IOS 6.1
    tablet 2 :IOS 5.1.1

  12. pp potana
    March 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Phone: IOS 5
    Laptop: Windows 8, Ubuntu

  13. Gunni Joð
    March 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Phone: Android 2.3 (at the moment, will soon change to W8 and Mozilla OS)

    Laptop: Windows 8 Pro x64 and Linux Mint

    My phone is an older Android device (soon to be replaced) and thus the OS. My laptop I use for school and work and a dual boot configuration is more or less necessary...

  14. Réy Aétar
    March 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Laptop:Windows 7 SP1 X64
    Desktop: Windows 8 / Fedora
    Tablet: N/A

  15. Nitesh Badala
    March 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

    windows 7/8 or android

  16. Bruce Epper
    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Desktop 1: LinuxMint Maya & Win7 Ultimate SP1 x64
    Desktop 2: Win7 Ultimate SP1 x64
    Desktop 3: WinXP
    Laptop 1: Puppy Linux
    Laptop 2: DSL
    HP Touchpad: WebOS
    Server: Debian Stable 6.04
    Phone: N/A

    Desktop 1 is my primary machine and the only reason I have Win7 on it is for gaming since it has my best hardware configuration for more recent games. Desktop 2 used to be my primary and it still has some software on it that I haven't found adequate replacements for use under Linux so it has not yet been converted. Desktop 3 is used solely for Adobe CS2 (I haven't had the need for newer features of later versions so I have not upgraded anything to do with this one). All 3 of these machines are also doing protein folding pretty much full-time. The 2 laptops are ancient and used only for testing lightweight Linux distros and for small experiments. The server is only a small machine used for web development purposes as well as some testing projects. I hope to be adding a much larger server this year as my primary file/print server. If I can swing the costs, I may also configure it as a whole-home media server. It will also be running Debian Stable.

  17. Jeremiah Iliffe
    March 20, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Phone: Android 4.2.1
    Desktop: OpenSUSE 12.2
    Laptop: Mac OSX Snow Leopard
    Tablet: iOS 6 and 5

    The Laptop and Tablet are both because I bought apple gear and it is useful to have different OSs around the house, openSUSE is because I want to get familiar with Linux and I use android as I enjoy flashing ROMS.

  18. princedakkar69
    March 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Phone: Android 4.1.1
    Laptop: Windows 7 Ultimate
    Desktop 1: Windows 7 Enterprise
    Desktop 2: Linux Ubuntu
    Tablet: N/A

    I use my windows machines for everyday messing around and I use my Linux for my home server have all my movies, music and pictures on there and map the folders to my windows machines.

  19. DalSan M
    March 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    My primary computer at the moment is a netbook running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. As soon as I get my desktop (Pentium 4 processor) up and running, I will have Windows XP Pro and Ubuntu 12.10 LTS for media/file serving and retro gaming. My cell phone is a Galaxy Note 2 running Jelly Bean 4.1.1, but will soon root and install a CyanogenMod 4.2.2 ROM. I'll need a good desktop computer for college soon, so I probably would get one with Windows 8 and dual boot with Linux Mint or Ubuntu. If it weren't for the limitations of Linux (not enough software companies and business/schools supporting it for now), I would be running all systems with some version of Linux, including my phone.

    • dragonmouth
      March 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      "If it weren’t for the limitations of Linux (not enough software companies and business/schools supporting it for now)"

      What kind of support are you looking for? Games? Applications? Someone to blame when your PC breaks?

    • DalSan M
      March 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Many software titles that I need to use for school are not available for Linux. I know there are many alternatives to student types of software, but some specific titles are not available for Linux nor are there any alternatives that work well enough (MS Access) to get me through the courses. Games I'm not too worried about, though it would be nice to have more major titles to choose from. Blaming someone when the computer breaks? You kidding me? PEBCAK!

  20. Oron Joffe
    March 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Desktop - Windows 7
    Laptop - Windows XP + Ubuntu 11.04
    Phone - Android 2.2

    I like Windows 7, and see no point in upgrading to Windows 8 (perhaps when I get a tablet/laptop I'll reconsider). I have an old laptop which I keep for odd jobs. XP runs well on it, and it's also convenient for the odd times when I specifically want to figure out something in XP. As for the phone, it came with the contract and is due replacement. I'm currently looking at Android replacements, ideally 4.0 or later. The iPhone is lovely, but too expensive for my fairly basic requirements, and Windows phones don't appeal to me at all, on any level.

  21. dragonmouth
    March 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Desktop 1 - SimplyMEPIS Linux
    Desktop 2 - PCLinuxOS
    T21 ThinkPad - antiX Linux
    Dell Latitude E5420 i7 Laptop - siduction Linux

    I use Linux because I do not want to be locked into the Redmond and/or the Fruitco universes. I also have way more control over my computers than I ever had with Windows. MEPIS and PCLinuxOS are user friendly and easy to configure, especially when uninstalling packages. antiX and siduction I have built to my specs by starting with a Core install and adding only the apps I absolutely need. The ThinkPad flies with antiX where it barely crawled with Windows XP.

  22. Jan Fritsch
    March 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Phone: iOS 6.1.2
    Desktop: OS X 10.8.3
    Desktop: Windows 7 SP1 x64
    (Server: OS X Server 10.8.3)

    That's my private setup – Windows has always been my private choice, iPhone because my contract was duo to renewal and people at work always asked me questions I couldn't answer without being familiar with it, iMac + Mac Mini Server because I got a great deal on them and want to test things out which I may implement on business level at a later time.

    Phone: Windows Phone 7.5
    Desktop: OS X 10.7.5
    Laptop: OS X 10.6.8

    That's my business setup, Windows Phone because I was offered one a week before the Lumia hit the market and OS X is our primary system at the company (90% of all devices).

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