ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Which is better a Mac, Windows or Linux? I don’t think it matters that much anymore

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

I got asked the legendary question this week from a client which is better a Mac, Windows or Linux? Now a lot of users will have strong opinions of which is best and each operating system will have their own merits but my answer to the client was “none of them as your choice of operating system is slowly becoming irrelevant” to which I got a blank look of confusion.

Let me explain. Last week I purchased a Mac for the simple reason I have a new client who wants support on his Mac so I had better brush up on my skillset.  The first thing I did when I bought it was to install Google Chrome and sync my bookmarks.  Like most people these days (both corporate and home users) I spend most of my time in a browser and in my case this happens to be Google Chrome.  The underlying operating system is irrelevant.

I also have all my files stored on Dropbox which is cross platform so I can access them from any operating system or from any browser. I have clients (big and small) who are also going down the route of accessing everything online.

My office also contains a Linux system and multiple Windows virtual systems which also have Chrome installed and synced.  My choice of which system to use will obviously depend on what I am doing (eg testing some windows software, SSH into a server etc) but 90% of the time I spend in Chrome updating social media, updating website, monitoring servers etc.

Now if you have to use a specific package that only runs on Windows, Mac or Linux then you have already answered your own question but for the rest of us the choice of operating system is slowly becoming a non choice.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling and Falkirk.

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2 thoughts on “Which is better a Mac, Windows or Linux? I don’t think it matters that much anymore

  1. The one downside to using Linux is that some programs simply don’t work (BBC iPlayer for example). In the right circumstances though (eg office environment where everyone uses Office and emails) you can migrate across to Linux and still have the full functionality. With everything heading into the cloud though this becomes less of an issue.

  2. Very interesting point Chris, it’s true that most people could now use any OS they want due to the current rise of cloud technology. As a user of Linux, Mac & Windows I can see the merits of all & it nowadays comes down to preference more than a lack of cross-platform compatibility.

    Although Linux & Mac are more stable, the only problems I’ve had with them have been with third party apps thankfully.

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