Choosing the Operating System Name of Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Advantages: • Good\Professional GUI (Graphical User Interface) – easier to use • Gives the user the option to use the 64 bit or the 32 bit versions (giving flexibility depending on the computer memory and speed). • Could even use the Professional Edition and the only real difference is the look of it and having the Aero facility on the display • Excellent networking facilities and security features. • Support from Microsoft not expiring soon. • Very compatible with most legacy applications (Green screen and Database so none graphic looking) and new Windows software including drivers for wireless adapters. • Decent file management systems. Disadvantages: • Extremely costly and needs a fair amount of HDD space and system resources to be run smoothly. • File system is still NTFS and decays rapidly with continued use making computer slow. • Less susceptible to viruses than XP but still needs a strong Antivirus. • Additional Research for you – Research the price…. Choosing the Operating System Name of Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Advantages: • Easy to use GUI interface • Still the most widely used Operating System today, • Supports a wide variety of applications and can perform almost any task. • Familiar layout for MAGS Staff. • Features decent networking and file management systems. Disadvantages: • Extremely easy to break into the system over the Internet if not secured correctly. • Very susceptible to viruses. • System itself takes up a great deal of HDD space. • Support for this system expires in a few years. • File system decays quickly and needs defragging regularly. Additional Research for you – Research the price…. Choosing the Operating System Name of Operating System: Linux\GNU Advantages: • Excellent file system uses journaling so no defragging is necessary. • Excellent support from sponsor companies and the community. • Supports a wide variety of software written specifically for the systems. • Excellent networking tools and security features. • Not very susceptible to virus attacks and extremely difficult to breach security. • Very customisable such as files and folders. • The GUI is separate from the system and if it crashes it can be rebooted without a loss to work. Disadvantages: • Not very popular and not all systems come with commercial support from sponsors. • Although it supports a wide variety of software the most popular software advertised on the internet is usually for Windows and does not work on Linux systems without tweaking. • Often difficult to get used to if migrating from a Windows environment. Additional Research for you – Research the price…. Choosing the Operating System Name of Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 Advantages: • Extremely easy to use and supports a wide variety of commercial software; •comes with support from Apple. • Not targeted by virus attacks often. • Excellent networking facilities. • HSF+ file system doesn’t decay due to journaling so will not slow. Disadvantages: • Light on system resources. • Extremely pricey if MAGS does not own a compatible Macintosh computer already • the system only works on Apple hardware. • The system is extremely vulnerable to hacking over the internet and on-site unless some extensive security measures are taken. • Will be replaced by a new OS X version within two years although support will continue. Additional Research for you – Research the price….
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