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I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

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X = just one
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X =2
  8671 votes / 32%
X =3
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x = 4
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x = 5 or more
  1980 votes / 7%
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

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  • Windows 7 (work desktop and gaming at home), Ubuntu Linux (pretty much all of my other home-use stuff), Android (on my phone), and Solaris (server I deploy to at work). I suppose some would argue that Android and Ubuntu should just fall under Linux, however.
    • Android is as much Linux as Windows 95 is DOS

      • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 01, 2012 @12:55PM (#40181639)

        Except Linux isn't an OS, it's a kernel. You must be thinking of GNU/Linux. You didn't hear any heavy breathing behind you or see a shadow of a fat bearded guy with a sword or anything while you typed that, did you? Because that usually happens.

    • by drosboro (1046516)

      Right now on my desk, I've got an iPad (iOS), a Thinkpad Tablet (Android), a MacBook (OS X) and a Thinkpad (dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux, depending on what I'm trying to get done). And, surprisingly to me, at least, I get real work done on all the devices, pretty much every day.

      Oh, and my servers all run Debian Squeeze... but I haven't ssh'ed into any of them today. :)

    • by MachineShedFred (621896) on Friday June 01, 2012 @03:27PM (#40183933) Journal

      The question behind "depending" goes even further. Off the top of my head:

      iOS 5 on iPhone / iPad / AppleTV 2
      Mac OS X 10.7 on MacBook Air
      Mac OS X 10.8 DP3 on Mac Pro test box
      Windows 7 SP1 on Lenovo x220
      ??? on BMW iDrive controller in my car
      FreeBSD on NAS device
      various servers on the Internet (Windows, UNIX, Linux, etc.)
      various embedded OS versions on consumer electronics devices (HDTV, digital receiver, etc.)

      The world runs on software, whether you know it or not.

    • by Carnildo (712617)

      MacOSX, Win7, WinVista, WinXP, Gentoo, Fedora, Debian, OpenWRT, OpenBSD, PalmOS, and Cisco IOS. Some days add Ubuntu, Win98, Win3.1, MS-DOS and MacOS 9 to the mix.

    • A bunch of the machines I use are really virtual machines on top of VMware ESXi (though some are on VMware Workstation on Win7 or Linux.) But I do actually interact with the VMware, not just the guest OSs.

      Android is fairly Linuxy inside, but the Linux bits are all well hidden, so I'm really dealing with Android and HTC. Does it count?

      And I do mean IOS, not iOS. I think all the CatOS is gone.

      Sourcefire IDS has a Linux base that their apps run on top of, but unfortunately it's not running either Debi

  • I'm counting Windows XP and WIndows 7 as just one, the other 2 I use are Linux and z/OS.

    • Oh shoot, I forgot different versions of windows counted more than once. That pushes me into the 5 or more category.

      • by mcmonkey (96054)

        I counted XP and Win7 as 2, but I forgot to count the OS on my Android phone, TiVo, car, etc.

        I'm guessing most people had the same oversight and the entire poll results are off by 3 or 4 (ie, "X = just one" should be "X = 4"; "X = 1" should be "X = 5", etc.)

    • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Friday June 01, 2012 @02:36PM (#40183097)

      ...and z/OS.

      A real computer can crush a human like a grape if it fell over.

      • by mdf356 (774923)

        A real computer can crush a human like a grape if it fell over.

        Dammit, I've been using facebook too long. The first thing I looked for after reading your comment was the "like" button. I've gotten used to seeing what comments people think are funny with that kind of upvoting.

  • by IorDMUX (870522) <mark,zimmerman3&gmail,com> on Friday June 01, 2012 @10:29AM (#40179817) Homepage
    Surprisingly many, if you stop to think about it. And I'm not even going to get into considering the web servers, routers, and the whole internet backbone that is handling these very page requests as an "interaction". I mean, five minutes of thought gave me the following list:
    Windows XP (directly) at work
    UNIX (remotely) at work
    Windows 7 at home
    Android on my phone
    OSX on my wife's laptop
    BREW or whatever it is now on my wife's phone
    And who-knows-what on the ATM's, cash registers, and other computers-we-barely-see-anymore which I run into every day.

    So, surprisingly many. And I'm sure I've missed a few. I wonder what the CISCO VOIP office phone next to me is running...

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by G3ckoG33k (647276)

      "OSX on my wife's laptop"

      wife? LOL

  • Everything from an old system running SCO OpenServer 5 to CentOS 5 and 6, Debian 4 in other legacy systems, Windows XP, Vista, and 7, iOS, Android from 2.2 to 4.0, OSX 10.6 and 10.7.

    I do web development, though, as well as embedded systems, so my day job involves a lot of different machines and virtual systems.

  • So I boot up my (ubuntu 10.10) desktop, grab a file from my (UNR) netbook, and upload it to my (CentOS) virtual server which is running under physical hardware on RedHat. To do this it goes through (on the last traceroute) 12 different machines. I do this kind of thing all day, the question rapidly becomes fairly meaningless.
  • by Nidi62 (1525137)
    Windows XP at work, Windows 7 at home, Android on my phone, and another kind of android on my Kindle Fire.
  • Mostly I run Mac OS X & Windows, with a couple of different versions. I have a laptop running Win 7, and an old 21" iMac running Mac OS X 10.6 for work, and we also have a PC loaded with Ubuntu that I keep backups of our Moodle site on. At home it's a 27" iMac with Mac OS X 10.6 and a 17" Macbook Pro with Mac OS X 10.7 and Bootcamp running Win 7. I rarely boot in to Win 7, but I teach a DOS class and some publishers have decided to make their course files .exe's, even though they could have just made th
  • by djl4570 (801529)
    Windows 7 (HPE on my personal system, Enterprise on my work system) Android on my Galaxy Tab Z/OS at work
  • by barlevg (2111272) on Friday June 01, 2012 @11:16AM (#40180465)
    I only counted computers and handhelds, but my TV has pretty sophisticated firmware, as does my DVD player, as does my DVR, as does my portable gaming device (two, if you count the flashcart). Do you count those? What about if you have a smart thermostat? A car with GPS? Hell, some of these modern cars WITHOUT GPS!
  • Define "interact." The bits that represent the letters I am typing into this field have passed from my iMac, through my router, through my cable modem, up through my ISP's machines, up until it finally reached the Slashdot data center, with all its web servers, load balancer, firewalls, etc.. How many different OSes were on the machines in the journey of those bits? Linux? Solaris? Windows?

    And the numerous interactions only get more tangled when sending email, what with multiple MX machines, DHCP lookups, etc.

    And what's an OS? Is my router running its own OS? My cable modem?

    It could be hundreds without even talking about my iPhone or TV...

    • by godrik (1287354)

      I interpreted Interact as "I do something with it, whether it is using it or developping for it. Having it hanging on the wall is not enough.". Therefore, I would not count network devices unless you are actually rewiring them or reconfiguring them.

      I am usure what OS is but I still counted 5 of them for me: my phone runs android, my computer runs debian, I perform daily testing on windows and MacOS, one of the prototype computing card I currently work runs FreeBSD.

      I was unsure at first whether to count linu

  • I usually boot into Linux when I'm at work. Occasionally, I'll need to boot into Windows for a webinar that uses Silverlight. So that's "2" to start.

    But don't forget mobile devices. I have an iPad at home, which lets me browse news over breakfast. But my smartphone is an Android device. That's 2 more.

    And when I'm doing development work, I'm usually running an instance of FreeDOS in DOSEmu.

    What about my programmer's editor of choice: does GNU Emacs count as an operating system? :-)

    • by _Sharp'r_ (649297)

      ... does GNU Emacs count as an operating system? :-)

      No, it lacks a good editor, although I've heard you can port vi over to it.

      (Sorry, if I didn't say it, someone else would.)

  • Lessee now...

    Linux (CentOS, Slackware), Solaris, Windows XP, OS X (Lion), Android (Gingerbread), iOS


  • Ubuntu 10.04 and Android 2.3. Same "OS" or different?
  • several instances of windows xp in physical and virtual boxes home work and school, windows 7 physical boxes for school and home, ubuntu on my laptop and at the school 12.04 (mate desktop) and 10.04 (gnome desktop) respectively, windows server 2003 at work, and windows server 2008 at school, android on my tablet, and ubuntu server on my home server i am working on, windows 98 vm for some old games, debian for the ftp server i use for my school work, dos vm's for very old games i play when board durring clas

    • by owlman17 (871857)

      Win 98 on a VM for running games? Just out of curiosity, what are you using to run it? QEMU doesn't even finish installing it. It also doesn't seem to like hardware acceleration on Virtual Box. Bochs maybe?

      • unfortunately i have to duel boot into windows seven and use ms virtual pc. I have heard vmware player has working graphics for it though so i am going to try installing it on that later. i tried virtualbox as well and didn't get very far as the graphic were horrible. i went to their forum to see if their was any fix and the devs were hostile toward anyone seeking windows 9x support. screw oracle i guess.

  • Windows (diverse variants)
    Linux (Mainly SuSE)
    SCO OpenServer (Beat me...)
    RMX (Real Time Operating system dating back to the 1970ies)
    Android (ok, this one should have been counted with Linux)
    VxWorks (several embedded variants)

    So, five to six.

  • by eexaa (1252378) on Friday June 01, 2012 @12:06PM (#40181013) Homepage

    Does "x=2" read as "I typically interact with too many OSes everyday"?

  • I work on a Mac, but almost all of our users are on Windows machines - and most of our servers are running RHEL.

    So I said three... although my phone is running iOS. So do I count that still as three, or as four?

  • Junos, IOS (apple), IOS (cisco), junOS, android, windows xp, windows 7, OSX, ubuntu, RHEL (or combine them as linux), and solaris.
  • OSX (macbook pro), IOS (personal phone & ipad), Windows (work), Android (work phone), Linux (work, home).

    If you count versions, variations, and individual distros, the count goes way up, due to interactions with various virtualized servers.

  • - Win XP

    - Win 7

    - Win 8

    - iOS

    - Whatever OS my Sony TV is running
  • by Lumpy (12016) on Friday June 01, 2012 @01:27PM (#40182069) Homepage

    Do you drive a car? that's another OS.
    Phone? Another OS.
    How about your TV? That runs Linux. (Yes it really does, look at your manual.)

    If you are a windows user, that is 4 for every person that owns a car and a LCD or Plasma TV.

    I ride a Motorcycle and have 3 cars, so I interact with 7 Operating Systems every day.

    Oops, forgot that the Copier here at work Runs QNX, That's 8.

    • QNX? I have bad memories of that system.

      At a previous job there was a co-worker who had built and maintained an MRP system which ran on QNX. It was a few months away from being discontinued when I was told the following snippet:
      "Don't hit Ctrl-S when you're in this screen."
      "It will erase the hard drive.

      Sad to say, I would prefer that MRP over the one I use now...
  • At work, many with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux due to testings. This includes many versions.

    At home, similiar but not so many (Mac OS X 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro. SP3, Windows 2000 SP4, and Debian stable).

    I am only mentioning computers. :)

  • by adavies42 (746183)

    Windows and Linux at work [1]; OS X at home [2]; iOS on my iPhone, iPad, and new Apple TV; and whatever iPod Nanos run [3].

    If you get into versions, it's XP for all the Windows work; Redhat 4, 5, and 6 for Linux at work; currently straight Debian (I think Sid?) at for Linux at home; mostly Leopard through Lion for OS X [4]; and iOS 5.

    Oh, and I have a dev edition of an Intel tablet I got for free that I've booted exactly once. I think it runs Maemo or Meego or something?

    Do we count firmware? I'm pretty sure

  • ...two-many OSes per day.
  • I normally work with
    • z/OS on a proper computer
    • Linux on a proper server
    • WinXP on a fisher price toy
  • It was actually X=2 in recent months, but my new setup [] has given me such a hard time with Arch Linux and Fedora (for apparently common kernel-level works once or twice then the OS acts as if the devices were removed after one or two boots) that I'm ][ that close to canning those partitions and using Windows 7 until it EOLs or gets a proper competitor.

    Games without audio are enjoyable, but so are tuna sandwiches and I can do far better than those too.

  • OSX 10.7 on all my physical desktops and laptops.

    WinXP and Win7 in VMs for browser compatibility testing.

    iOS on my iPhone and iPad.

    Oh god.... I've crossed into being an Apple fanboi haven't I?

  • I'm glad that in this day and age the average number of different operating systems people interact with is higher than one. The dark ages of the late '90s and early '00s where everything was Windows definitely wasn't good for both users and the industry. Competition is a good thing, not only for the software itself, but especially to help people better understand how computers work.
  • Windows, Debian, NetBSD, Android.
    Seriously, all Windows versions don't deserve to be counted separately.
    I've been using NetBSD the longest. I miss the glory days.

  • It's all UNIX (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Marillion (33728) <> on Friday June 01, 2012 @03:46PM (#40184309)
    It's all UNIX. I roll up MacOSX, iOS, Solaris, and Linux as one big happy UNIX family.
    • Don't know, the Mach kernel of OSX is significantly different than the semi-monolithic kernel of Linux.
  • Win 7, Win2K, XP embedded, Android, OSX.

    Is that 3 or 5?

    • 2: Windows + *nix, just like everybody else :)

      On the other hand, each computer has one OS on itself (sometimes more), so it could easily be 12.

  • Win7 on my laptop (with OpenSuSE 11.4, OS/2 Warp 4.0, OSX86, Android and xp guests)
    xp and Android on my netbook
    Dyne:Bolic on my HTPC
    OpenSuSE 11.4 on my server
    Debian on my cluster
    XBMC and Dashboard 1.1 on my XBoxes
    Busybox on my router

    - almost daily.
    (Poll didn't say anything about *level* of interaction).

    • I really really want to have a play with RISC OS 3.1, I miss that one from my college days... anyone know where I can find a Virtualbox image or some sort of emulator with the whole base package works?

  • Working on my laptop running Mac OS X natively and Windows XP & Windows 7 virtualized, checking my phone running iOS, connecting remotely to servers running Linux and FreeBSD. Nothing out of the ordinary.
  • I haven't used Windows since Win95, and even that was just to launch games--I haven't used it for anything serious since 3.11. I haven't used Mac, period. I had a Solaris box until last year, but now I'm basically down to one OS, unless you count embedded.

  • 1. Debian (linux)
    2. M$ (xp)
    3. MeeOS (LG cellphone OS)

  • Aside from the machines I personally use, that is my work PC running Windows XP, and my two laptops at home running Windows 7 and Mint, each, my Android phone and my Android tablet (Gingerbread and ICS, respectively), I also use a lot of bootable tools at work (I repair computers).

  • I actually interact only with Unix systems, so X = 1. Unfortunately I interact with my Unix box using a X graphical server, so how does this "X" relates to the "X" in the poll question ?!? Should I say X=1 ? Or X = X ? It is attempting to guess that the answer is X = 1 + X, but then it follows that 1 = 0. I am quite confused...
  • It depends on your definition of "OS". If by "OS" you mean the traditional term of "operating system" being a set of system libraries that allow for applications to perform operations without relying on calling low-level I/O operations manually (like interrupts, etc), then most would probably not even be 1. You'd have to be writing software that interacts with the actual OS to be "interacting" with it, otherwise you're actually interacting with a complex series of software systems built to abstract you aw
  • Linux and Windows at work, Linux and Mac at home.
  • One (Score:4, Interesting)

    by markdavis (642305) on Friday June 01, 2012 @11:47PM (#40191025)

    One: Linux

    RHEL Linux, Scientific Linux, CentOS Linux, and Mandriva Linux at work; embedded Linux in car; Mandriva Linux, Mageia Linux, and Fedora Linux on home machines; TiVo Linux connected to my TV; Android Linux on my Evo LTE phone in my pocket and on my Xoom tablet; Tomato Linux in my router and Motorola Linux on my cable modem.

    Pretty amazingly versatile

  • I don't know what O/S my 'smart fridge' uses...
  • The question itself is vague. To me it can be read in at least two ways;
    1. How many different OSes do you interact with through their GUI per day?
    2. How many different OSes do you utilize on a daily basis?

    Considering the small numbers in the possible answers I interpreted the intent as meaning 1. The answer to 2 could be quite a few considering I use the internet a lot and there are a lot of different server OSs out there.

    Some times statistics poles need a statistician to formulate the question.

  • OS X and CentOS at work, Debian at home, Android on my phone. That makes for 4 OSes on a typical day.

  • 1. Windows. my desktop (XP, vista & W7..)
    2. AIX. Pays my bills.
    3. Linux, on my mede8ter mediaplayer & android phone.

    I don't know what my watch, television and router are running.

    Most importnly, my coffee machine, a senseo might have an OS, not sure what.

  • by moogied (1175879)
    Work: Solaris, Linux, Windows. Home: Android. POW! 4! Hazzah!
  • It's a lot now.

    • MacBook Air in the morning to check email and webcomics
    • Linux desktop at work
    • I work on a product built on FreeBSD
    • Windows 7 gaming rig in the evening for Netflix

    This isn't counting the iPad or iPhone since Apple has a single CoreOS team that is at the root of all their products. This also doesn't count Windows XP; I have a VM I boot a few times a month for handling corporate BS that won't work on my Linux desktop. It also doesn't count the embedded OS that is inside my car stereo, the Wii, et

  • My PC at home has Windows XP SP3 as does my wife's PC, which I maintain.

    My ISP allows me to logon to my domain on its Web server in a secure shell (a la Telnet) in UNIX Korn. I use that to test and maintain my server-side include (SSI) scripts (which are also in UNIX Korn) and to perform miscellaneous maintenance on my Web site.

    I am retired, so I have no work OS.

  • On whether you count the proprietary OS on my 2G cell phone which you can pry out of my cold dead hands.

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