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What IS the relevance of an operating system?

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Back when I was studying CIS in the ’90s I took a class called “Operating Sytems”. In that class an operating system was defined as a mediator between user and hardware. We never discussed the concept of Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac, etc.

PC-BSD 7.1 vs. Kubuntu 9.04 Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: Earlier this month PC-BSD 7.1 was released. With the Phoronix Test Suite now having enhanced support for PC-BSD, we decided to see how well PC-BSD 7.1 performs against Kubuntu 9.04.

Do operating systems still matter?

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ianmurdock.com: Do operating systems (still) matter? If you’re writing an application at the level of Java or PHP, what difference does it make what operating system is running underneath?

Parsing the nuances of OS decisions

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blogs.zdnet.com: Perhaps the headline should be that Vista, Windows 7 and OS X are in decline—for Ubuntu.

What Price Cool? Mac vs. PC

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pcmag.com: There are two major platforms: Apple and Windows, and Macs generally cost more than PCs. Thus ends the latest propagandistic report. But what about Linux?

Windows 7, Mac OS X and Ubuntu: A Tale of Three Operating Systems

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technovia.co.uk: In a couple of weeks I’ll be switching my main computer back to Ubuntu from Windows 7. But the reason isn’t exasperation with Windows 7, and it’s not one that should give Mac fans hoping that the new Microsoft OS will be a failure any kind of comfort.

The top 10 operating system stinkers

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computerworld.com: I love old technology as much as the next techno-geezer, but come on, it wasn't all wonder and goodness.

Toshiba notebooks with OpenSolaris

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h-online.com: Toshiba is now offering Sun's OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-installed on some of their notebooks, following a deal completed in December.

On the Fate of Solaris

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daveshields.wordpress: If IBM does acquire SUN, and the rumors on the street suggest that it will, what will IBM do about Solaris? Let’s look at some of the options.

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