Top Ten Best Operating Systems


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The Top Ten

Microsoft Windows 7
Windows 7 is the best OS from Microsoft I have ever experienced...
Easy to install... Crash free... Fabulous Graphics Support for HQ Games.. And more...
Windows Vista is the worst OS from Microsoft...
Very simple to install and better UI also best security.
Very good themes.
Less virus detector... And fabulous display... Maximum features And many more
[Newest]Fastest OS... User Friendly... And supports all devices.
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2Windows 8
This is lovely
This is friendly
This is fastest
This is best
All at once it must be on top
Fastest Microsoft operating system yet. It has more security features and adds an extra twist and extra compatibility to Windows.
It is nice...
[Newest]Many people in the used Windows.
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Ubuntu is a mixture of Windows and Macintosh. Looks like mac but shortcut keys is similar to windows. Great work. I love it
They should sell computers with Ubuntu pre-installed!
I really like the OS, but the thing that so bad is that it uses java iced tea and not java sun
But much better than windows Vista
It really rock me. Windows os gets nothing. Haha sorry to all windows users
[Newest]Looks amazing on my computer
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4Windows XP Professional
This is all time favorite.. None other than Windows XP
Why though. It's from the early 2000's and was very virus prone, and quite low performance.
Hey it's Really good because it is easy to learn & install & also it fast than other OS
Best hacker-friendly operating system out there. You may say windows 7 is better, but it is that windows 7 is a mix of XP and vista together. So after all, windows XP is best OS, windows related.
[Newest]Win xp2,3 pro is the better os on this computing world
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5Windows 8.1
It is just awesome. It has the start button back, you can boot to the desktop, the start screen can be personalized in more ways with more tile sizes, group naming, more apps and more. The store has apps and a better look. Has a more "metro" control panel and more. IT IS GOT TO BE THE BEST OS FROM MICROSOFT
A great replacement for those who hate windows 8. It is sure to be a success as it has been seen in the past!, Its preview ain't that much but what is instore is awesome!
It's cool! Microsoft included a new way of personalizing, customizing and searching!.. It's free on the web!.. Try download it, and experience the "SMARTEST" version of OS that Microsoft have ever created!.. ;-)
[Newest]Best Windows OS so far.

6Macintosh OSX
By far one of the easiest operating systems to learn for a complete beginner (although switching from windows has a slight learning curve). Ideal for the artist and everyday user, the Mac OS is a personal favourite. The fact that it's unix based makes it quite similar to linux with very similar terminal commands. The only downside to Mac OS is the small range of games and the high price of the Macintosh computer required to run Mac OS X
Unfair to classify OSX as a single stand-alone OS and compare it to Windows as a long list of very different systems from 3.1 to whatever they're doing this week. OSX is a variant of Unix based on FreeBSD which is in turn based on BSD that predates MSDOS by a decade (~) by my recollection. Microsoft should join the rest of the world and help create a unified OS core such that each variant merely offers their own "flavoured" shell. Windows was nothing but a menu system for MSDOS. A Unified system would solve many of the problems of writing code for all computers to use.
Em, with respect, the person who wrote the paragraph staring "Yea the whole reason why macs never get viruses... ' knows nothing at all about Macs. As someone who has been using them for over 25 years (alongside Windows and Linux) I DO! So, you can only do "graphic arts, music, design and so forth..."? Actually these days you can do whatever you want on a Mac and in a far simpler, more logical way than you can in Windows. And faster. This person is living in the past and has obviously not used a Mac recently. You CAN play games on them brilliantly! Or perhaps I am imagining that?

As for users having to "run to the Apple Store because they don't know squat on how to resolve the issue", that's totally inaccurate as well. I fix all my Macs if they go wrong (which they hardly ever do). I still have a 16 year old Bondi iMac that runs OS X and has never caused me a day's trouble. A bit slow now, of course, but my point is I've never had a Windows machine for more than 4-5 years before it died. I teach people how to use Macs and people often call me with problems they are having. Those problems are very seldom to do with hardware and software and are usually because the user has done something wrong in settings etc.

The point is that the developers who create the Mac OS and third party developers who create apps for the Mac have a totally different M O to those who create Windows and Windows apps. Mac OS X (especially the latest version - Yosemite) is so easy to use and frees you up to express your creativity and get your work done, rather than having to bogged down. Windows is light years behind in nearly every way...
[Newest]A wonderful operating systems which is easy to learn and is simply amazing
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7Linux Mint
First of all "Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon" is "Free" Operating System
1)"Linux Mint Cinnamon 15" is better than "Ubantu 13.04"
2) It is best Operating System I ever used in my Life
3) It is very fast, very user friendly (Like "Windows 7"), Most secure OS
4) Inbuilt NVDIA/ATI Graphics Drivers (No need to install any drivers)
5) It is fully loaded with all software and even it also support Internet Graphics, Audio-Video and Bluetooth connectivity without manually installing any drivers
5) It works great with both Desktops and Laptops
6) Very Stable Operating System
7) Extremely great Graphics (Like MAC-OS), Themes
8) Full Multimedia Support for High Definition movies, High Graphics Games
9) Great Package Manager all softwares are available in that Package Manger Center
10) Inbuilt (VLC) Video LAN Player
11) Libre Office is best but also support Microsoft Office via PlayOnLinux Software (For those who has hobbit of using MS Office)
12) Supports all Windows Programs, Games via Wine and PlayOnLinux Softwares
13) Identfies [NTFS and FAT] Windows File Systems also...
14) OVERALL BEST OPERATING SYSTEM (Linux Mint Cinnamon 15)
Fast and secure, it has everything I want and everything anyone should really need. If you can't find it in mint, it probably doesn't exist.
Mint is a easy to use operating system based on linux, reliable and great for new users. Based on ubuntu, there is a lot of software available on it
[Newest]Easy to use / supports available
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What about Chrome OS?
Not the same as android
In a year it will be the number 3 OS
Yeah but chrome does seem to be the most used web browser in the world
Android 4.1 is a fairly stale operating system with great customization options. Fun withgets will light your way into a a very interesting society, where you control everything. I would recommend this operating system in a heartbeat!
Android is definitely the best operating system because it is an upcoming fairly new OS that is very simple and is very safe in the way of virus protection and speed.
[Newest]It is best of all

9Windows XP
The best operating system I have ever used, thanks to microsoft,
It is best fastest operating system ever. It's better than windows 8
This is the best for me ever seen...
[Newest]Sonic Speed! Everyone Knows Windows XP Is Always The Best OS Ever

The greatest! Does not crash. FREE. All services built in - web server (apache, php sql), dns server... Etc...


Fedora is definitively the best operating system out there. All software is out of the box, and with boxes, you can install multiple operating system into fedora. There is no reason to not use fedora over anything else.
Best OS and Free of Cost. Much more uptime compared to windows. Timely Updates, proper use, no crash and Boxes help to build VM under Fedora
[Newest]No problems with drivers

The Contenders

11Mac OS X Leopard
I just love mac os x leopard
Awesome very simple and reliable better than windows
I like it ver
Very easy to use and it even supports adobe flash which is very nice this is the best one yet!
[Newest]It is easy to use. It is better than windows

12Google Chrome OS
Love my Chromebook and it's super fast bootup along with light weight portability. Security like no other OS on the Planet too!
Fast booting, easy using, auto updating, cloud storing. I love it!
Hate Cloud Technology, Google Microsoft etc. are all the same... They collect all important data & are thieving, too much stupid ads to confuse & make people buy third party wares.

13Windows Vista
I have Vista with Service Pack 2 and it is an awesome OS. May have sucked back in its infancy but is now an awesome, reliable, and stable OS with Service Pack 2. Just as good if not better than Windows 7 in my opinion.
All those suckers who says that Vista is worst operating system on 90% they had very slow and weak pc. I have Vista almost 5 years and it's great
Its good, but its very complicated
[Newest]Its just awesome. no other OS is as good as it. It is giving us great new features.

14Red Hat Linux
Very nice os but not good as backtrack 5
It's really a awesome os.. For all serious computer user.. And its dangerous too. It's our passion. It look high demonstration.
Most reliable OS for me

This is my favourite Linux distribution. Impressively stable and very versatile. The real taste of Linux
I would only trust Debian to run my web and email servers. It is always solid and has the needed tools to fix problems fast. It is a solid tool for the computer professional.
Brilliant OS! Really fast and low power, but can do so much! I use it on my Raspberry Pi, and I wish I could manage to install it on my desktop machines
[Newest]Hm... Jessie/Sid with gnome 3.12 is great. Also, Debian Sid (unstable) is very much stable than Ubuntu stable!

16Mac OS X Lion
Most stable, powerful, and intuitive interface in the world. Smartest computer, easiest to use, and just the best around. Nothing beats good ol' Apple!


Its the best OS I've ever used
Tried ubuntu, red hat and all versions from microsoft
Unlike windows it just works, is relabel and easy to use. Also unlike common belief it can run most popular games such as most of the Call of Dutys. It can do this better than windows only because its apple!
[Newest]Use this you love it...

17Windows 98
Best O.S. ever, even-if it manually done process. It may not be not a friendly user O.S. like the windows 8 and window 7 but for me it is the most perfect O.S. ever created. You can do anything in window 98 manually if you have a knowledge to do it. It may not have a best graphics like the modern OS and other stuff. But still a wonderful OS if you know how to use it. And I don't usually like the “loading stuff” every time I do something (vista, 7, 8)
It is the operating system that brought revolution.. Introduced cursor, graphics and the gaming system.. It is without a doubt the best operating system there is.. So my vote goes to windows 98
Windows 98 is epic because it is fast. It's faster than my laptop running Windows 7. It runs Office Word well, and it can run many powerful and great games.
[Newest]I grew up using this, and I know how to use everything on it

18Mac OS X Mountain Lion
More stable, more reliable than XP, and fun too. So far the best system I have tried. I liked Snow Leopard but this is a definite upgrade. Using Mountain lion with Parallels for Windows applications is smooth as silk.
I tried all of the top ten right now and mountain lion is the best, there is this bootcamp feature and you can install any operating system that you want, but you must make a second mac you can do that using disk utility. (if you want mac and the other OS
It's pretty good OS. I'm using it and I don't have any problems
[Newest]Best OS X ever! Yosemite sucks.

19iOS 7
Nice? IOS look the same as it first launch. It gets boring looking at the same old UI, no customization, nothing. The reason why it run smooth, because nothing has change, just heavily optimize to run on one product.
IOS 7 is a fantastic os good looking icons fluid, easy design. If your looking for a phone is then iOS 7 is the right choice.
Its the best OS ever built for phones and so fluid to use and smoothness it has awesome...
[Newest]Best OS to use. totally different from IOS 6! Not a single thing is remained unchanged! Best for phones.

Very stable linux. Works perfectly. Never fails. MADE IN GERMANY
Very stable linux. Works perfectly.
Super Stable, Everything under the sun always works perfectly and it is FREE! So you can not beat that, plus no Virus or Malware in the last almost 20 years I have used it. It is superior to any FREE or paid for OS I know and can be customized and never slows down.

21Windows 95
Hell yes, what happened to the original windows? The start menu was the best invention ever by Microsoft and they took it away in windows 8, I mean I'm a computer tech and ill be doing something in windows 8 and hit some random key that brings up that dumb ass tile crap. I Despise windows 8, almost as much as I hate Vista and Windows Millennium Edition
The first ever operating system in the Windows series to introduce a simple but very useful and working component called the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, now ridden of and put into damnation by Windows 8...
Win 95 Plus version was so cool. By far, simplest and most crash resistant OS for me... (or maybe I learnt too much after that! )

22Elementary OS
Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu (which is in turn based on Debian). It makes use of a desktop with its own shell named Pantheon, and is deeply integrated with other elementary OS applications like Plank (a dock based on Docky), Midori (the default web browser) and Scratch (a simple text editor). This distribution uses Gala as its window manager, which is based on Mutter.
Elementary is a great OS, very nice to look at and so easy to use. My wife has had it on her laptop for more than a year, it has never crashed, never locks up it "just works" and of course it is free as in beer and speech.

And of course as it's Linux and based on Ubuntu it has many thousands of free applications to do any thing your ever likely to want to do on a computer.
Well, one of the most underrated operating system on this planet. I've used all the major os like win 7,8, ubuntu, linux mint etc. but this is the only os which made me feel happy to use. AMAZING UI and graphics. Everything in this os is just so... Perfect. LOVE THIS OPERATING SYSTEM. AMAZING work by the developers.

Most serious applications are hosted on this platform.
1 of the fathers of modern personal computers (Linux&Mac) are based on it in one way or another. Most secure computing base. OS-tems based on it make most of the server, touch screen market
Definitely the best choice for users who are looking for taking the best of its machine.
[Newest]It's first os in the world... So I like it

Is free why is not a true os


My vote is for linux
When Mint can play DirectX or any Linux based OS then I will consider them, anyone that says Linux is better than Windows clearly owns a 5 year old system and doesn't game... so your opinion doesn't matter.

25Arch Linux
A nice and stable Linux OS, it is like a Lego game. You can build around your kernel what you want, without the need of major hacks. Indeed, not desirable for beginners, but also not so unstable and complicated like Gentoo. I was trying Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Gentoo, Suse and Arch - Arch was the winner for me. I hesitated between Arch and Gentoo a time, but finally found Arch repos more consistent and up to date
The rolling release strategy is very important.
I agree, Arch is from far the fastest OS ever. In performance, it beats from fat windows 7 8 mac OS X all versions, Ubuntu, Mint. With the lastest 3.12 kernel, and the lastest mesa drivers, the graphics under Linux are now the same as DirectX under windows.
Fully customizable OS, much more apps than any other distros with the AUR repo. No need to update because it s rolling release.
Not for beginners.

One of the best operating system on the planet is solaris 10 and the latest solaris 11 is the first OS developed for cloud computing...
Yeah, solaris is the best os in the world
Incredible, just Incredible! Solaris is the best operating system in the universe and beyond! None other can beat it.

The most stable Unix variant compared to RedHat and Solaris (quite good too).

28Mac OS X Mavericks
Wait it's free? AWESOME! I used to have it but I never thought it was free


Most advance operating system
Not tried it yet but think is good lol

Backtrack is AWESOME for penetration testing (aka hacking... )!
I love it and would recommend it to anybody who is even remotely interested in hacking.
It's a amazing os...
[Newest]It's The Best OS For Hacking Purpose Really The Best more Than 300 Hacking Tools Are Pre~installed With Great user interface.

30Ubuntu Gnome
Very good mix of gnome and ubuntu

Every think works from the box
It is a simple and very fast operating system
All in one OS
[Newest]The perfect replacement for Windows 7

32Windows 2000
Good solid operating system that was the building platform for the much loved Windows XP. More stable than XP though.


Only because there was no support for this OS and I couldn't do the things that needed to did I have to upgrade to XP. It was the best OS from Microsoft I ever used, if they'd updated it and given it new features I'd still be using it today. I've never liked any other OS from Microsoft, maybe XP after SP2.
It is very popular operating system

I am linux user last from 5 year l love centos more than debian.
Stable, secure, easy, fast
The best Linux for server systems

OpenBSD is the best when security is needed. My favorite OS for DNS Servers.

If you don't know why, you won't understand why. But I'll just say this: It set the non-unix standard for all personal computers since the eighties... And is still embedded to some degree, in almost all of the OS's in use to this date. Those who love sheer computing power, are not swept away with interface graphic B.S. and... REALLY know how to use it... Realize that among robust light-weight OSs, NOTHING else has come close to matching it! (Or lasted as long! )
No OS mesh with DOS. Everything can be done through this... God for hackers..
It is the ultimate OS for hacking, programing and windows was made on it on the first place!
[Newest]Still used for emergency recovery disks and etc.

One of the fastest OS ever, ideal for streaming video

Has a mix of both beauty and brains. Has the power of Ubuntu with the look of Windows 7. This is the best of this mixed with the best of that to become the best of the best. Actually, the look of Windows 7 itself is inspired by KDE which is the main ingredient of Kubuntu.
Using it on my chromebook, it is good at maintaining its battery, I can give it to others and they make their own account or use the guest option. Kubuntu is the best OS out there that you can find (in my Opinion, and so many people agree with me)
Using it on my chromebook it is the best OS system that I am able to use with no crashing on it and never loses power, and cannot find any issues with it

38iOS 7.1
Runs fast and dependable.

39Chromium OS
This is for internet only, it is not recommended when you use to play games, you can play but in browser games only
You can only access the internet. But that good for browser gamers!

40Cylon Linux

41Kali Linux
Best Hacking OS Ever... Although not very user friendly 'cause it's only for computer whiz and pro hackers.
Much Better than BackTrack A bit User friendly to new hackers...
Very nice and reliable. Some better than Backtrack. You can say that latest version of backtrack.
[Newest]Because I am trying to use.

42Windows RT
Just windows 8 for tablets with keys. Windows rt

It's the fastest OS in the world...
Gentoo is built the the specific hardware that you have and can run on almost any system. Installation is a pain in the ass though.
The most empowering OS

44Windows 10 Pro
This is the coolest version of windows I've ever come accross. I love so so much. windows team, please keep up
This is the coolest version of windows I've ever come accross. I love so so much. windows team, please keep up
This is the coolest version of windows I've ever come accross. I love so so much. windows team, please keep up

45Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux makes my Pentium 4 computer works like a i7 machine. It's very fast and excellent in browsing websites. It makes the computer more responsive than the past Windows version installed on it earlier! This is one of the best FREE operating systems available today. I don't experience any crashes! Download your copy now!
Does everything I need. Easy to use, fast and immune to viruses.
Easy to customize
It is the lightest PC OS that appreciates all system specifications.
[Newest]Not takes space and memory

Slick! Fast! Useful with older/weaker systems
Light and unbelievably fast. Customizable and easy to understand even for dummies like me. Best ever comparable to windows xp pro.
Works great on newer computers, Increases video game performance by a ton, Doesn't look too shabby, Is based off Ubuntu Linux, Can't get much better than this.
[Newest]Easy to install, quick to boot and easy on requirements.

47Windows Server 2008 R2
Best OS for a server!

48Firefox OS
Firefox os is the best

49Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

Slick and fast and light!


52backtrack 5R3
Backtrack is one of the best hacking tools in the world, join backtrack and you would be one of the best hackers and programmers in the world.
Coolest and best os ever
As every body knows that it is the best...
Yes I also agree...
It is really the best...

I like REactOS Very much although it is in alpha state but now it can run many or I think a lot of applications
It's basically Open Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 is like a prototype for Windows XP. This is THE OS to take down Microshaft. Their last good OS has ended support, and now they are of no use.


Reactos is the only operating system which is compareable with Windows OS that is not Linux

Because it actually works.
Best thing ever happened to mobiles
It's not comparable with android... because it's the best!
[Newest]Really really best one... !

Another classic. REX scripting... Fun...
I am still running it on my (older) IBM desktop.
Perfecty safe, no virus ever been made. The nasty thing is that there is hardly any software for it to be used other than office applications.
Most ATM machines (money withdraw machines) run on OS/2...

56Microsoft Windows 3.1
This where it started, true you had to upgrade Windows and DOS separately but you had fewer crashes and was easier repair, Win 95 and 98 weren't bad then we got xp through 8.1 with each getting more and more bloated requiring huge amounts of RAM just for the OS.
Aside from MS Dos 6.22, this is the first operating system I've learned and loved. It is a great leap from Dos or even windows 1 because its multitasking capability and it is not limited to 640 kb of memory, taking advantage of Intel 386 microprocessor. You can't appreciate this unless you live back in time.
I love this OS because I started there in my professional. In that time some of few peppole has computer no internet no serch engins you shout learn from your fails so I love too

57Plan 9 from Bell Labs
Best OS for programmers. All the benefits of Unix and more. Still has a fairly good sized developer community. Downsides is mediocre driver support and not as many end user programs.
It is a unix

58Linux Deepin

Linux for non-dummies. Climbing the learning curve to get it running forces you to know Linux from the inside out and to know Linux 100 times better than most people.
Awesome and really makes mind to work
It is easy if you know it!

60Windows 10
Love the evaluation version. Already better than any other option.
Just in early stage but fabulous like windows 7
Combines the best features of Windows 7 and 8!

61BOSS GNU/Linux
Best os on the earth hum India wale
Very fast and simple
Started in India the newer version 5.0 is most reliable
And most useful for linux begainers

None of those above even come close for serious applications

63Backtrack Linux
Very powerful operating system, most people use this to hack while its a very good os by its self.
This is a great opt. System ever 2013

I enjoy using this os so much! I would give it a 5 star!

65iOS X
This is not even a real OS!
Not in the world this wasn't invented


Where the hell am I going to see this

66Mac OS 1

This os for education, its good but mostly having a problem with devices. Good for thin client operating system.


69Zeath OS
How to download free
I like this Zeath os because it is compatible with my Dell venue 8 pro. It runs many apps and I prefer you to download this because it's so 60% safer than mac and windows.
WOW! This Zeath OS works good on my Samsung ATIV tablet! I recomend you to download this.
[Newest]Simply fast and quite enough for internet.

JAVA... SO dry Subject But Great

The best OS. Ahead of it's time
BeOS was almost a revolution in operating systems. If only it caught on. I was able to open and play 8 different movies at once on a 600mhz computer using this OS. Video card was an old Voodoo 3DFX card. For comparison, Windows98 could barely play one instance of a movie on the same hardware. BeOS was the future foundation for media based systems. If only it caught on.
Apple should have picked Be instead of NextStep to replace Mac OS.

72Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

73Oracle Linux
Look under your car. You'll see a tag on your muffler, "Oracle Muffler." More Oracle hype. Lipstick on a pig.


75CrunchBang Linux
Never had any adverse issues.
Easy to install and very stable.


Ment to run old dos games and programs also can be used to flash the bios light wight only 8 megabites in sive
FreeDOS is not based on Linux, it's a free implementation of DOS under the GNU public licence. it is pretty cool though
It's a great os functions like dos but based on linux. It's a combination Of Ms~dos & linux.

78Unity Linux
Please tell in detail

All thing is under control on this os. is bing bang.. Wow...

80SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Best of all for servers
Easy do use; Stable;

81Windows CE
I don't even know man.

82Peppermint OS
Peppermint 5 is great. No problems so far. Easy to use.

83Windows Server 2003
It is server os
The nicest looking and most productive desktop environment ever created (up to its release, and still probably better than any desktop OS that exists today)
Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition was on balance the best OS for the time, the 32bit verion was great, being able to run any WinXP program and use most drivers.

84Amiga Workbench
I had one in early 90's. Best gaming platform at the time. Wish I kept it.
Amiga was ahead of its time compared to DOS/Windows and Apple.
The best os ever! Hacker proof and no issues!

Best OS for gaming

86Tizen OS
It's very good OS!


88Elnis AVIO

A ready to go BSD, full desktop experience.

90Atari OS 4.1
One of the most advanced OS of its time

91Mac OS9
I never experienced this mac os version in person, but like all apple products, I think of it a great computer os.

92Cisco IOS
Best network operating system

93Data General Command Line Interpreter
The first multiuser operating system of the history, son of CP/M.

94Matriux Leandros

It can make P3 machine usable again, very stable.
Slax is modular, light, and also pretty (KDE), primarily intended as a thumbdrive OS.

Its far better than Chrome OS and very easy to work with! It's also linux based so this OS is great for any netbook around the globe. Its very light, fast and it combines cloud and local storage in a beautifull and user friendly way with great graphics... Give it a try and you will be more than amazed!

It give me all applications that I knew in Linux without having to install them. Just running live cd only.
IT is amazing graphics of this os... Most wonderful wallpaper in this os... This is a owsome os...

98Hybryde Linux


100Macintosh System 7.1

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