Battle Best Operating System for Productivity VS Media Production VS Gaming

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  1. Performance

roger_m

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Dec 4, 2014
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Productivity and Gaming: Windows
Media: Windows or macOS

For media production, I think both platforms are just as capable. If you're running the same software, the functionality will be pretty much the same between both. But some people will prefer platform specific software such as Final Cut, which is only available for macOS.
 

DDE_Server

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Sep 5, 2017
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Productivity and Gaming: Windows
Media: Windows or macOS

For media production, I think both platforms are just as capable. If you're running the same software, the functionality will be pretty much the same between both. But some people will prefer platform specific software such as Final Cut, which is only available for macOS.
But I here the the performance and stability in mac is much better than windows in media production? I am not sure I don't use mac but I heard that slot before .
 

Lenny_Fox

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Oct 1, 2019
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Productivity and Gaming: Windows
Media: Windows or macOS

For media production, I think both platforms are just as capable. If you're running the same software, the functionality will be pretty much the same between both. But some people will prefer platform specific software such as Final Cut, which is only available for macOS.
+1 Only in the Netherlands most people involved with media/graphic prefer Mac over Windows (with near religious conviction Mac is the best)
 

Chigwells

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Jan 16, 2012
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Okay, I can add a bit here. as a self-taught geeky nerd, I used Mac up until 2000s and have been on Win since XP (7, 8.1, 10).
  1. Productivity = maybe dictated by your preferred software? Is it only available for Linux or maybe Mac? Not 100% sure what you mean by Productivity anyway, but I would have thought it's the least demanding of your three categories, and therefore I would have thought that all can handle competently. Potentially there are better software offerings in the Linux dept?
  2. Media Production = I do image manipulation, and have some insight into the industry. Professional preference is Mac (I believe thinks like color balance across machines within a studio setting is better handled by Mac), so if you have anything to do with professional production, you'll most likely need to be using the same or compatible software. To that extent Mac is the only option, but not necessarily because it's better for everyone, e.g. non-professionals.
  3. Gaming = no idea as don't do. Everyone I know who does gaming uses a pc.
I would also say that in my own experience and from others, Mac could be said to be overrated and overpriced. For the same $$, you get a better faster Win10 system. I've seen a Mac system and he was going on about how fast it was, and I was thinking how slow it was compared to mine. Reliability, well I'm a tinkerer and have always found win to be reliable (only used since XP). I'd love a new Mac Mini for photo retouching, but it's so expensive for what you get, and again I have no fears that Win10 is going to be buggy or crashy.

Chrome OS no idea but I could imagine you'd be limited by software availability??

Linux, I'm just dipping my toes in at the moment, and wondering how Photoshop will run on Wine. For digital imaging Linux doesn't use the tools I'm used to.

Just my two cents, hope it helps :)
 
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