Windows, Mac, or Linux? We compare the pros and cons of these computing platforms

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By mid-2019, most people are fully entrenched with their favorite operating system choice. But, if you’re upgrading from an old machine, you might want to re-evaluate your options. If you’re choosing an operating system for your desktop or laptop computer, there are three main choices: Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

In this article, we’re going to take a comprehensive look at the differences between these platforms for desktop use. Before we get started, let’s establish a few ground rules and recognize a few realities.

We’re looking at desktop and laptop use only. Choosing a server, IoT, or infrastructure operating system is a very different beast, something we don’t have room to discuss in this article.

Also: Small business servers: Why and how you can say ‘no’ to the cloud

We are well aware of the nearly religious affinities for each of these platforms. We’ll touch lightly on some of the fundamental features that drive these affinities, but we’re not preaching. Each choice works for different people. We’re not telling you what to do, we’re just discussing some factors you might want to keep in mind when making a choice.

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