How to choose between Windows, macOS, and Linux (free PDF)

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Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Software
Format: PDF
Deciding which platform will best serve your needs starts with determining how you’ll use it, how much you want to spend on it, and which of those factors is most important. From there, you can evaluate each platform’s features, capabilities, and limitations. This ebook offer an in-depth look at the pros, cons, and key considerations to keep in mind.

From the ebook:

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 reevaluate your options. Whether you’re choosing an operating system for your desktop or laptop computer, you have three main choices: Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

In this ebook, 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 different beast, something we don’t have room to discuss here.

We’re 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.

We will consider how these well-understood OSes differ in 2019. We’ve started each OS off with six key considerations, so if you want to just skim, you’ll get a good feel for the pros and cons of each system merely by scanning the 18 considerations in our pros and cons lists.

And with that, let’s take a deep dive into today’s three leading desktop platforms.
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