Future Operating Systems Will Aim For Efficiency

By Gregg Housh

It is easy for a generation of computer users to look back warmly on the era of MS-DOS. In the distant past, a simple set of letters and punctuation was all you needed to launch a computer program. This command handled all of the inner functions that permitted the code to work. Basically, you only needed to type a command on a black screen with a single cursor. The user-friendly operating system developed as a response to public demand for graphical icons. To the computer novice, this seems much simpler than typing a command. In reality, though, this change birthed a whole new wave of headaches to the computing experience.

First of all, a graphical representation of your software uses system resources. While this may seem insignificant for most users, this is a major issue if you plan on stress your PC to its full capacity. As more users began purchasing these operating systems, software developers decided to include more capabilities in an effort to anticipate the user's software. If an operating system were planned out with your favorite software in mind, this would be a good thing. Unfortunately, most software designers attempted to anticipate every last possible application that any user anywhere might think to use. All of this added capability slows your computer down much like bloatware.

Linux has earned the hearts and minds of many users because it permits for setups that do very little. Many versions of Linux operate in minimalist fashion, you have to select programs and dependencies as you need them. While this might feel too difficult to manage for many users, it is great when you plan to use your machine to its full potential. Many technically minded users prefer a lighter operating system. However, if you are looking to jump head first into your favorite programs without much research, the resource heavy systems have better general compatibility.

Microsoft's Windows Vista was arguably the pinnacle of the extravagant operating system. Its services anticipated nearly anything a user could attempt to throw at it. Ironically, this led to an complete ideological U-turn for Windows 7. Windows 7 employs a lightness of resource use that competes directly with Linux.

New technology seems to be inspired by the desire to do more with less. There should be a future motivation to satisfy both of these needs. The latest operating system releases by all of the major competitors in the field seem to speak to this user demand. There will always be a need for a smart balance between compatibility and operating system memory use.

Fortunately, we are blessed with a robust market of operating system providers. Eachnew round of releases offers different advantages. There are arguments for using every modern operating system which depend heavily on user needs. When deciding on your preferred operating system, you must carefully look into its synergy with software that you intend to use. Each competitor looks to satisfy a certain market. Your market will be represented by at least one of the recent releases at any time. Ask others that use the same software for tips on which operating system to buy. - 30240

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