What OS Are You Using and Why?


Everyone has a favorite operating system that they use. Some use more than one system, but they still have a favorite, one that they prefer to use because it suits their individual needs. This week we asked our writers what desktop OS they were using and why.

Our Opinion


A few of our writers are using Windows 10. Christopher admits that he’s been critical of it in the past, but eventually he did upgrade to it, mostly because of his job description. In order to write tutorials and reviews for use with Windows 10, he needed to experience it himself. Judy admits it has its flaws but believes that there is no perfect OS. This happens to be an OS that she’s very happy with.


Several of our writers are using Linux or one of its distributions. Damien’s primary OS is Ubuntu, yet he does have access to Mac OS X and Windows 10. It “remains the easiest OS” for him. Charnita uses Xubuntu. This is her favorite distros “because it is lightweight and works great” on her older desktop. She also finds it easy to customize. She never liked Windows and finds Mac too expensive to maintain but does use Windows 8.1 for gaming.

Derrik uses Arch Linux as his primary OS as it’s his favorite. It “has the best and fastest package manager,” and he likes that as he can build it himself instead of going through the bloat the other OSes come with. He also uses FreeBSD “for tinkering with ZFS” and Windows 10 for playing games.


Mahesh uses OS X Yosemite and El Capitan “as it’s one of the most productive and less-irritating OS I’ve ever come across.” He doesn’t have to put up with unwanted alerts or other annoyances. He fell in love with it because it does what he wants.

I’m the lone wolf here who uses a mobile OS primarily. Doing mostly writing and editing throughout my day, I really don’t need anything too extraordinary. I prefer the way iOS works to a desktop system. It’s rare that I find something I can’t do, although adding pictures to WordPress in a specific size with a specific name is the one thing I wish it would do. On the rare occasions I’m not using iOS, I’m using Mac OS X.

Your Opinion

Which of our writers do you agree with? Do you like Windows, Linux, Mac, or mobile? What OS are you using? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Credits: Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview, Macbook 12inch & Air 11inch, Missing operating system_ {error message}

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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