Top Ten Best Operating Systems

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The Top Ten

1 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

Just because of the Aero Theme that doesn't mean it's the best OS -_- I see many people refusing to upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows 10 because of the theme change. - 50

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2 Ubuntu

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

It's 100 times better than windows 8.1

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3 Windows 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!.. ;-)

It's simply awesome

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4 Windows 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...

looks nice

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5 Windows 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.

This deserves no.2 at least.I like it more than windows 7 - LeetHaterz

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6 Android

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.

Best operating system

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7 Linux 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 ...more

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

Mint forever! the best of the best* for PC computer.

*MacOS really the best

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8 Macintosh 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.

Yea the whole reason why macs never get viruses is because hackers don't see any profit in hacking a mac, even though macs arc is 64bit or higher currently pc's hold the market shares in the US, thus being hackers will see profit in hacking a pc and get more enjoyment out of it rather than trying to waste time on a mac, and wit a pc you can do a hell of a lot more than just a mac where you can only do graphic arts, music design, and so forth, and not even good enough to run games on it, oh yea another thing bout macs is that the os is pretty much locked and simplyfied where there's rly no probs with the mac osx and if there ever is any probs that the user experiences they always run to the apple store because they don't know squat on how to resolve the issue, when pc users can fix issues on their own and not have to run to the apple store for help. So yea I think the numerical order of os'es should remain the same currently.

The easiest, most secure, most beautiful operating system I've ever used. It ties in so well with my Apple ecosystem of an iPhone and iPad. I love this OS, nothing can beat it.

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9 Windows 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...

As an vfx artist I seem that XP has much way faster than other os.

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10 Windows 10

It's fast, It's reliable, It takes full responsibility of every move you do. It is the Windows of the future, It is worth every penny you've spent to buy this because of its features, Design, Speed, Accuracy, Privacy, and Security. If you even hesitated to buy Windows 7, Just buy this OS, Who knows, Maybe in the future some programs you need are only compatible with windows 10.

The future coming OS! There are lots of great features in Windows 10! Some of the great features are combined old start menu + new metro apps, tablet mode, continuum, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, notification center, multitasking desktop and many more... And there are coming developing technologies which will work with Windows 10 like Microsoft Surface, HoloLens. The best thing is the same OS will work on all platforms whether it is phone, tablet, Xbox, laptop or desktop! All data will be syncing.. Transferable data across all platforms! The future is here!

Windows 10 is great. Don't mind the start menu, love Cortana (opening the weather verbally while doing something else is really handy), Xbox app seems pretty cool. The fact that it's designed to work with normal pc's and tablets/smartphones as well as hybrids makes it very appealing. User interface for Windows Defender is quite improved. Love the task view. The software that's easily available in the Windows Store is really useful. Only downside is that any software installed from the Windows Store is hard to find and access on your computer and ends up scrambled into several folders. Thanks Microsoft. But that aside, Windows 10 is still easier to navigate than Mac OS X and Windows 8, has better access to files than in Android, and is faster, more flexible and more capable than Windows XP and the Home and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. Overall, it's the best OS I've ever used.

Super speedy. Extreamly customisable and user friendly and has a ton of cool features. Every thing Windows 8 should have been! Thanks Microsoft

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The Contenders

11 Fedora

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

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

I'm running a win10 guest box - inside fedora - to write this
My job is support and I can run any of the Microsoft os's while still having the STABILITY and SPEED of Fedora.

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12 Windows Vista

Piece of garbage, I believe someone was stoned when they approved this production

People only truly had problems with Vista is because it was before it's time, if Windows 7, 8, or 10 came out at the time a lot of the issues people faced with Vista would still be there. Either way Vista still crushes every other windows aesthetically, bad or not.

Well Windows Vista may be somewhat outdated, it runs good and is more user friendly then Windows 8.

It works good for me, I know everyone why this one is hated, because some things do not work anymore, - LeetHaterz

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13 Mac OS X Leopard

I just love mac os x leopard

Awesome very simple and reliable better than windows
I like it ver

Mac OS X Leopard is a MAJOR leap for Apple. It's very good! The only problem I have with it is that Apple doesn't support it anymore; so I updated to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It's almost just like Mac OS X Leopard and best of all, it's not obsolete!


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14 Windows 98

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

No it didn't introduce the cursor, for one. Also, it was really Windows 3 that bought the revolution, in terms of making Microsoft known. - Dave4681

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.

Windows 98 is a faster operating system created by Microsoft and is the successor to windows 95. Windows 95 might be faster than windows 98 because it was loading faster and it was more reliable. My vote goes to windows 98.

I love windows 98 it was the first os I ever used. only down side that I face that you have to install drivers for every hardware. finding the driver is an headache..

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15 Windows 2000

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

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.

Best... Windows... Version... Ever! - BorisRule

It was a good one - TheVoGuy

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16 Google 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!

Boots in 7 seconds. Incredibly stable. Lowest cost speed and power. No need for virus-ware. Never lose stuff -- it's in the cloud. Software updates don't require user to download/install. Device performance doesn't degrade over time. Google Cloud Print eliminates the need to download/install printer drivers and works from any device. Great support for Google Remote Desktop and Chromecast. No Windows registry.

Fast booting, easy using, auto updating, cloud storing. I love it!

best best

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17 Mac 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! - musicamentek

My dream os

go for it

Use this you love it...

Thank U

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18 Mac 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

Rarely crush; offers most of the modern features; less demanding; beautiful, yes much more than newer ones...

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19 Elementary 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.


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20 openSUSE

Very stable linux. Works perfectly. Never fails. MADE IN Germany

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.

Very stable linux. Works perfectly.

Greatest os

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21 Windows 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! )

Do, doo, do, do, do! Known for the startup

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22 Arch 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

Other OS' customizability pale in comparison to Arch Linux's customizability; you only have to install what you need, making it the most versatile modern operating systems you can run. Pacman provides a fantastic experience for installing applications without the need to scour the internet in search of a download. The likelihood of getting a virus on linux is practically nonexistent, and Arch Linux can run lightning fast. The OS is also updated frequently via a rolling release, and the process of updating one's system is quite unobtrusive.

The rolling release strategy is very important.

Why Arch Linux is the best operating system? Keep it simple, stupid.

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23 Debian

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

Bro, debian is more lit than litmus paper!

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24 iOS 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...

All versions of iOS are basically the same. Unstable, slow, non-versatile platform with an almost-unusable UI. DOS on a phone is better. - Kaboom

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25 Chromium 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!

Can't run it on my 64 bit but looks good, fast, secure and crash free. Also chromium is better than chrome.

26 Red 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

Best os for using

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27 Linux

Is free why is not a true os - thebetter100

The kernel that powers Android, Ubuntu, and ChromeOS. The OS that powers 99% of the internet. The OS that powers space missions. The kernel that powers military equipment. That's Linux. Compact, versatile, reliable, user-friendly. - Kaboom

My vote is for linux

The best. 'enough said. - PythonProgrammer23

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28 DOS

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!

Dos was simple, sure yeah it was easy to forget commands, (such as dir) otherwise it was simple!

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29 FreeBSD

Has only improved over the years.

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

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30 iOS X

Not in the world this wasn't invented - favouredlist314

Where the hell am I going to see this

I researched this and it is creations for apple computers

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31 Slackware

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

I have no idea how Slackware earned its reputation for being difficult.
If you know anything at all about Linux or any Unix Slackware isn't difficult at all.
It's amazing how many people are scared off by booting to the command line initially.

It is easy if you know it!

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32 Mac OS X

It was terrible the should've burned them all

This os sucks, every os made by monopolistic corporations suck

Completely rubbish

Why not to kill it?

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33 Windows 10 Pro

Just as bad as Win10 - Kaboom

This is like windows 10s

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

Windows 10 is worst the pro is aaa beter

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34 Ubuntu Gnome

Ubuntu is a great operating system but the default desktop environment sucks. Ubuntu gnome is the perfect mix of the best operating system and the best desktop environment. I prefer to use it with the Arc gnome theme and the Super Flat Remix icon theme.

Very good mix of gnome and ubuntu

The combination of the Ubuntu OS with the gnome desktop environment is outstanding.

35 OpenBSD

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

36 Haiku

One of the fastest OS ever, ideal for streaming video

One of the fastest and unique OS

Blazing fast even in VESA mode

37 BackTrack

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...


Please can some one send me backtrack software and linux os my email is, thanks, am also good in hacking contact me anytime you want to hack anything

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38 Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix
39 iOS 7.1

Runs fast and dependable.

It's iOS iPhone operating system. I got a iPhone 4s

40 Windows 98 Second Edition

Great for retro Windows/MS-DOS games - PerfectImpulseX


41 Solaris

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.

Solaris is one of or maybe the best OS but it lacks Hardware and Software Support.

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42 Zorin

Every think works from the box

I am not a linux user but have tried several versions of it. This is the version that worked the best for me. It is simple to install and setup. You don't have to do a lot of web searching to find a way to make something work. Works great right out of the box.

It is a simple and very fast operating system

The best flavor of linux I have ever used.

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43 JavaOS

JAVA... SO dry Subject But Great

Java is great!

44 Xandros Linux

Great Linux Distribution. Easy to use and can be setup like Windows or Mac. ASUS uses a proprietary version in their new Linux Based Netbooks.

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45 Linux Deepin

This is the best I've ever seen in the user experience of doing Linux and should not be so behind! Praise it for it!

The best o/s for a newbee in Linux platforms. Is very similar to Ubuntu.

46 iOS 6.1.6

You seem young. 6.1.6 was released Feburary 2014.

It,s so old

47 Mac OS X Mavericks

Most advance operating system

Wait it's free? AWESOME! I used to have it but I never thought it was free - favouredlist314

Not tried it yet but think is good lol

I was very happy with Snow leopard but this is the best, Fast stable, secure.
And its FREE!

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48 Mac OS X El Capitan



49 Macintosh System 7.1

Fastest OS of its time. Required to play American Girls Premiere, Dazzeloids, Clubhouse Activity Center, Rockett's New School and several floppy disk programs. - playstationfan66

50 AS/400

None of those above even come close for serious applications

Bomb proof o/s on a bomb proof platform.

Great OS, all Fortune 500 co's have it

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