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Bit unfair poll since Linux and BSD is cost free and Windows and Mac is something to pay for(we all know people hate Win and Mac because of that not because they are badly wrongly made)..anyway my favourite OS is one that just works when needed.
In all honesty, I actually claim Linux has my favorite, O/S.
The reason not being because we are on a Linux based forum but because of GNU/Linux's feature set and abilities.
Let's be honest, no one likes to be scammed by gimmicks, so why do other O/S developers charge money for features that a super user would use?
Linux's support for 32bit PAE (Physical Address Extension) mode for instance, well for a while 4 gigabytes of RAM has been the standard, so then why does Microsoft exclude this feature in Basic all the way to Ultimate edition? In fact you can only enable more then 4 gigabytes of memory on there server editions. I don't see how this option effects the price tag. I don't mind paying for software at all, but when developers do things like this it bugs me, because really there is no reason for it.
Linux can also run all binaries doesn't matter if there 4 bits, 8 bits, 16 bits, 32 bits or 64 bits, Microsoft claims when in 64 bit mode 16 bits can not be accessed...This is not true at all! The real reason is they simply dropped compatibility support. Why lie? Why not just tell people that support for 4~16 bit binaries as been discontinued.
Older protocol support is another plus on why I like Linux, doesn't matter what bit mode I am in I still have SLIP, IPX, TCP/IP, and a whole bunch more... these actually are useful for gamers that use DOSEmu or DOSBox because they can be used with TCP/IP to encapsulate whatever protocol might be used for older software. Allowing real Dukematchers to play the original Duke 3D the was it was meant to be played.
The bad parts of Linux are the lack of games that are commercially developed. The WINE project works wonders but is not perfect, has its bugs and those don't always get fixed as fast as possible. So yes Windows in this way is better, but that is not a deal breaker for me, most of all my software works within WINE or runs naively.
On the business end Linux suffers a blow on the desktop because of it's lack of exchange support. But that is not really and issue because with a willing boss the company can ditch exchange for something that is more friendly for Linux and friends.
Linux is best for what I do daily and I would never switch to anything else. It does everything I want it to and nothing more.