Pros and Cons of Operating Systems I Use

I use multiple operating system, and I thought I’d share my personal opinion about each of platforms.


+ Well supported platforms with plenty of drivers — hardwares are well supported
+ Most of games are for Windows
– When something goes wrong, it is hard to diagnose the issue
– Upkeep is expensive
– CUI is not as advanced as other offerings
– Shutdown takes forever in some configuration
– Going toward managed platform (WindowsRT, Metro, etc.)
Artificial RAM limit is imposed to each editions

Mac OS X

+ Good combination of nice GUI and UNIX platform
+ Many commercial software available
+ Relatively low cost of upkeep. (although hardware tends to be expensive)
+ Powerful CUI support
– Memory managements need work — requires frequent “purging” of memory
– Limited hardware support
– Often offers subpar usability when living outside of Apple eco-system.
– Going toward managed platform (heavily discouraging sideloading of applications)

Linux (Ubuntu)

+ Good platform management
+ Fast boot and shutdown
+ Good out-of-box experience with access to many (and mostly free) software from built-in software management scheme
+ Troubleshooting is relatively simpler as it exposes errors more than other platforms.
+ Upkeep is next to nothing
+ Powerful CUI support
– Hardware support tends to be very polarizing
– Sometimes resorting to more user-unfriendly config is required in some hard-to-diagnose issues
– Poor availability of commercial software

Chrome OS

+ Simple and fast
– Limited hardware support (OEM only)

By Hideki Saito

In the video game industry for for more than 15 years. Currently working for Nintendo of America Inc. as a Localization Engineer, developing the translation solutions.