Operating systems

Poll Results: How many different operating systems do you currently support on your business network?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: How many different operating systems do you currently support on your business network?

On January 28, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

How many different operating systems do you currently support on your business network?

The question was part of a follow-up to my suggestion that it is time for business users to dump Microsoft Windows XP. Part of the argument is that IT professionals will, and have been, supporting more than one operating system. Clinging to an aging operating system that will not be supported in the not-too-distant future is just plain bad planning. With all the other operating systems you have to support, why add one that is on its last hurrah?

As you might expect, 84% of the poll respondents are supporting more than one operating system. Close to 20% are supporting five or more systems on their networks. Obviously, there are some very busy IT pros out there. How many hours per week do you work these days? Is the amount more or less than you were working two years ago?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

5 comments
strizile
strizile

Since the company was bought and we started out completely new I have decided to go with Windows Server 2008 R2 as server OS and Windows 7 Professional versus XP - Ubuntu - Vista - Windows Server 2003 that we used to have just a couple months ago. In other words I currently support 2 OS except for one laptop which is a mac from a sales rep.

wwgorman
wwgorman

In our small home office network we have two operating systems: Windows 7 Professional and Windows XP. We are not about to update scanners and printers that have not had drivers written beyond the Windows XP OS----at least for now. Not writing drivers is the peripheral manufactures way of making you do costly upgrades of your hardware when switching operating systems.

crcgraphix
crcgraphix

Well, of course you've heard of dual-boot; I use WinXP and Windows Server 2003 together as I find they both work quite well together. Than I suppose no system is complete with a copy of longhorn Edition like Windows 2008 Server. These make three. But then I also have a g5 and it's got a X-ag core WinXp, Mac OS X, and Macintosh 9 on it. So, now we're at six. Plus, I was running OpenSUSE, Monoware, and SQL Desktop Edition for my Starcat program, along with a complete Cygwin shell with built-in C-basic. So, that makes nine. Nine in all, well said, for someone who is a jack-of-all-trades I guess ....

Alpha_Dog
Alpha_Dog

One OS, Linux. Two distros, Ubuntu and a modified version of CentOS used exclusively for an in house security appliance. Our desktops are Ubuntu 10.10 and servers are Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. That said, we support any OS for our clients including one with OS/2 and another with FreeDOS. To solve their issues, we run numerous operating systems on virtual machines under Ubuntu.

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As an IT professional, how many hours per week to you work these days? Is the amount more or less than you were working two years ago?

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