operating systems

Top Operating Systems: Are You There Yet?

Most of us when we have any technology related discussion, focus on talking about what laptops or devices we use and how great they are. Seldom do we go in deeper to talk about what makes them great. In this light, we often tend to overlook the role of operating systems in making our devices what they are. At the most basic level, an operating system is a software that allows a device to run and support the basic applications. In addition to the software, the operating systems also manage the peripheral hardware. While the need for an OS is uniform across all devices, i.e. smartphones, computes, tablets, etc., different devices are more receptive to different operating systems. 

The latest StackOverflow survey came out with a list of the top operating systems that developers prefer to use. While not explicitly stated, there are a few factors that developers and other technology enthusiasts keep in mind while deciding which OS is their favorite. Firstly, speed is one of the top priorities for anyone to incline towards an operating system. Secondly, the level of security also plays a key role. The lower the rate of potential threats, the higher would be its preference. Finally, its interface and ease of use decides which OS ranks higher than others. Let us quickly look at the top operating systems that developers have their hearts set on- 


With about 35.12% of the market share, Windows OS is top the list of operating systems preference for developers. In fact, a whooping 47.5% developers rank it on the top. The journey of Windows has been exemplary. Right from Windows 95 to Windows 10, this operating system has been a preferred partner, especially for personal use. What makes it so special is its ability to startup and resume at a very high speed. Additionally, the latest version comes with some great security features, in the light of racing cyber crimes. With a plethora of versions to offer, Windows has something to offer to everyone. Each different version perfectly suits different target groups. Windows has been cognizant of the fact that customer demands are dynamic and hence, has been adapting them to stay relevant. 

One of the biggest advantages of Windows OS is its user interface which is extremely easy to use. It enables seamless navigation and is convenient to use. One of its kind, Windows OS is device agnostic, i.e. it offers a great experience irrespective of the device. 


MacOS is the operating system which goes hand in hand with almost all apple devices. Like Windows, the MacOS has also undergone innovation and upgrading over the years. Thus, offering something new to its users with every new version. One of the top reasons that MacOS is so sought after is its simple yet powerful user interface. Additionally, MacOS is vulnerable to fewer security threats and malware issues as in comparison to many other operating systems. MacOS is best for Apple exclusive apps. With about 5% of the market share, MacOS is a one of the top operating systems preference for developers. About 26.8% developers today put MacOS as their top preference. To be fair, their inclination towards this among the many operating systems is justified. Not only does it come with great security and consistency, it also brings along numerous free productivity apps for its users. 

Additionally, MacOS comes with a great integration power. It can seamlessly integrate with other apple devices and thus, users can thrive within a single ecosystem. Finally, it also prevents websites from tracking devices, making users anonymous online. 


Linux is one of the top open source, free operating systems which can easily be used for laptops, PCs, and other computing devices. There are several distributions that fall under the Linux Based operating systems. These include Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, etc. Being open source, the code is available for anyone to use, making it a top preference. Secondly, its security is also considerably good. Every program in Linux needs a permission from the administrator, making it a little safer from different malware vulnerabilities. Finally, the updates that come on Linux based operating systems are more frequent, faster and easier than any other operating system. Invariably, these updates are not only simple to implement, but also add greater innovation to the OS. About 25.6% developers have a preference for Linux based operating systems for their use needs. 


BSD is another amongst the free and open source operating systems. With great compatibility with other platforms, BSD focuses mostly on speed and stability. The most fascinating thing about this software lies in its origin. It was actually built by a community of students. Though it is a preferred OS for only about 0.1% developers, its history is what gives it a spot in this list. Besides its history, its utility for advanced networking also deserves due recognition. Its compatibility and security features are competent or at times even better than other competing operating systems. It is ideal for internet and intranet services and is easy to install.  

Top Operating Systems: Which one to choose?

Choosing the right operating system for your use can be tricky at times. The best way to make your choice easy is to enlist what all you need from your OS. next prioritize your requirements. Decide for yourself if you have an inclination towards speed and agility or security. Once you clearly demarcate your requirements, you will be in a comfortable position to make a choice. If you are still not sure, write to us and our rich developer community will have an answer for you!


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