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25th July 2005, 08:16 PM
Righto, stemming from a discussion on IRC, which operating systems have y'all used? I have the feeling many (most?) may be limited to a few versions of Windows and a few versions of Mac OS. It's kinda interesting to see where people's judgments of the macs they use as useful machines stem from, given their past experience.

So - which have you used, even if only for a day?

I can't remember enough to give a definitive list, but as close as I can guess is Macintosh System 1, System 4, System 5, System 6, System 7, then 7.5.3 through to 9.2.2 and 10.0 through to 10.4.2, A/UX 3.0 and 3.1, AIX, Windows 3.xx, NT 3, 95, 98, 2000, XP, DOS 4-6, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Linux (mandrake, debian, ubuntu, yellowdog, knoppix, SuSE), compaq tru64, AmigaOS 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0, 3.1... and the odd other *ix thrown in for good measure :D.


25th July 2005, 08:35 PM
Iv used System 7 -> 9.2.2, 10.2 -> 10.4.2, 95, 98, ME, 2000 Pro, XP Pro, 2003 Server, many linux distros, freeBSD and i think thats about it

25th July 2005, 08:41 PM
Mac OS at school circa 1992 (dunno which version)
Mac OS at school circa 1999 (OS9 ?) - a steaming turd non-the less
OS X 10.3 and 10.4

DOS (dunno which version, whatever was around with Win 3.1/95)
WIN 3.1 / 95 / 98 / 98se / 2000 / me / XP

Solaris v6 (I think)
Linux (gentoo, redhat, fedora, madrake, slackware, ubuntu, debian, knoppix)

25th July 2005, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by mac_man_luke@Jul 25 2005, 08:35 PM
Iv used System 7 -> 9.2.2, 10.2 -> 10.4.2, 95, 98, ME, 2000 Pro, XP Pro, 2003 Server, many linux distros, freeBSD and i think thats about it
oh - ahha. knew I'd forget some - original post edited :)


25th July 2005, 08:53 PM
I remember using macs back at primary school, one of them was a colour screen all in one mac (I think it was the first colour all in one mac, dunno what it was called or what version OS it was). After that, I've had the displeasure of using Windows 95 to XP, but now use 10.2 and 10.3.
Now that 10.4.2 is out I'll soon be moving up to 10.4

Also I used OS 9.2 for a week during work experience at a design house, and found it was very nice to work with (if you were to leave out the 4 crashes per day)

25th July 2005, 09:08 PM
at school we used to have macs (really old....i have no idea on what version or year)
.....then at home and other places i've used:
Windows: 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, NT4, ME, 2000 Pro, Advanced Server 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, Server 2003, Longhorn/Vista
DOS: 5?
Linux: Fedora Core 3, Ubuntu, and then some others i don't know the name of...
Mac: OS 9.1, 10.1, 10.3

25th July 2005, 09:13 PM
Desktop OS's I've spent a reasonable amount of time on -
Apple: Mac OS 9, OSX
Microsoft: DOS 4,5,6, Windows 3.1,95,98,NT4,200,XP,PocketPC
Linux Distros: Redhat, Mandrake, Ubuntu
Sun: Solaris 10 (@uni)

Desktop OS's I've played with -
IBM OS/2 Warp 4
BeOS 5

And if embedded/RT OS's count -

25th July 2005, 09:13 PM
I've used Apple systems: 7.0.1, 7.1, 7.5.x, 8.x, 9.2, 10.3, 10.4
Microsoft: Windows 3.11/95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, 2000/2003 Server, MS SBS 2003
Linux: Red Hat/Fedora
There might be more... but I can't remember... Most I've only had brief encounters with. Windows 98-XP, Mac OS 10.3/4 and System 7/7.5 were my main OSes over the years.

25th July 2005, 09:13 PM
We had these old computers at school... Acorn Computers? They also had RISC processors...

25th July 2005, 09:35 PM
I've come across an Acorn... I remember it was kinda like the mac... brilliant, yet unaccepted....

25th July 2005, 09:38 PM
1, 4, 7.1, 7.5.3, 8.1, 8.6, x.2, x.3, x.4
dos 6.22, win95 :P (part of a DOS Compatible 7200)

have used for a day: red hat, win 98, win 2k, win xp, ...

edit: adding various mobile phone OS's, Newton OS 2, iPod linux ;p.

i have used windows quite rarely really, but i know how to run it from watching friends (and using their computers)

25th July 2005, 09:40 PM
Along with the assorted MacOS/Windows/Linux version listed above.

Programmed Assembler using VMS on the Vax 11/780 at Uni. I believe that some of the terminals at the end of my time at uni had more power than this thing.

25th July 2005, 09:48 PM
The BASIC interpreter on a VIC-20 was my first one :) Can't remember my first Mac version but it was the one around in early 1986. Obviously I've used every version since then. I've written software for Win 3.1 and NT 3.1 and all variants since as well as the soon-to-be-deceased OS/2 (I started with v1.0 which didn't even have a GUI). I've also used GEM (remember that? I wish I could forget...). In uni days I had to use Unix and some very scary thing that ran on a Burroughs machine and could only be accessed remotely via a Vax. For work I've also had to use the mainframe systems IMS, CICS and TSO.

You youngsters don't know how good you've got it with all your fancy windows :)

There must be someone on here who has had to use punched cards?

edit: forgot I also used Windows 1.0 (*shudder*) and 2.0 along with DOS versions 3 to 6.

25th July 2005, 09:48 PM
Now, if this was usenet, this discussion would very quickly become a p*ssing contest! Heck, i'm not even sure if some of the computers i've used had operating systems. I've used MS-DOS from 3.20 to 6.22, most Windows' from 2.xx through XP and Server 2003 for a bit, MacOS from 7.x to 10.4.2. Been using Linux since the first release of Slackware which is my favourite Linux, but i've been playing with SuSE 9.x of late, although i've used a lot of them on various architectures including Alpha, MIPS and SPARC. Tried OS/2 3.x and 4.x for a while. FreeBSD and OpenBSD for my network related work. HP-UX, SunOS 4 through to Solaris 10 on SPARC and x86, AIX and IRIX 6.5.x. And i'll throw in a little (Open)VMS as well. Dare I mention SCO UNIX? :ph34r:

As for Dana's question about why I find Macs valuable, is that i've been a UNIX head for years and when OS/X came out on the adorable lamp-shade iMac, I just had to get one. It lets me do stuff simply but I can still get underneath Aqua to the UNIX goodness if I choose to.

25th July 2005, 09:50 PM
Mac: System 7.1 - 7.5, Mac OS 8, 9, 10.1 - 10.4
PC: Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2K, XP, Server 2K3, Various Betas
Linux: Red Hat, Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandrake

A lot of the Linux ones didn't last long... I have no patience for them. :P

25th July 2005, 09:53 PM
Here we go (long list)

DOS 3.3
DOS 4.1?
DOS 6.22
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows XP (Home and Professional)
Windows NT 4 SP1, SP4, SP6
Windows 2000 Pro
Mac System 0.85?
Mac System 1.1
Mac System 3.2
Mac System 4
Mac System 5
Mac System 6.0.5
Mac System 6.0.8
Mac System 7.0 and 7.0.1
Mac System 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2
Mac System 7.5.x
Copland D11E4 (no joke)
Mac System 7.6 and 7.6.1
Mac OS 8 and 8.1
Mac OS 8.5 and 8.5.1
Mac OS 8.6
Mac OS 9 and 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2.1, 9.2.2
Mac OS X 10.0.1
Mac OS X 10.1.3, 10.1.4, 10.1.5
Mac OS X 10.2, 10.2.6, 10.2.8
Mac OS 10.3, 10.3.3, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.6, 10.3.9
Mandrake Linux 10
RedHat 5 (lol)

25th July 2005, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by tupps@Jul 25 2005, 09:40 PM
Programmed Assembler using VMS on the Vax 11/780 at Uni.
It wasn't at Sydney, was it? The joys of 200 students all trying to use a machine that had about as much processing power as a mobile phone does these days.

That reminds me of one little incident. In 1986 things were changed so the first year CS students had hands-on labs on Macs instead of the Vax (I was in second year at the time). At the start of the next year I walked into the labs and saw one second year student sit down looking somewhat perplexed. He had been looking behind the Vax terminal and glancing around the rest of the lab as if he couldn't find something. Then it struck me - he was looking for the mouse :P When he saw the login prompt appearing on the wonderfully textured orange on black 80 column screen he fled :lol:

25th July 2005, 10:06 PM
All MacOS from 7.5.3 onwards. DOS 5 upwards to Win XP. BeOS R4.5 plus the various Dano variants floating around the internet :-) SuSE 9.2 Pro, Mandrake 10. Plus Amiga OS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.5, 3.9 (and soon 4.0!).

And who could forget C64 Basic and Basic for the BBC Micro (we had one BBC for our whole primary school, with some huge tv on a trolley!)

On a side note, I'd love to see MorphOS ported to run on Mac hardware. Cool Amiga-like OS that used to run on PPC hardware (not anymore due to some legal wrangle). Looked fun!

26th July 2005, 11:41 AM
No Monash University had them as part of the Business Systems course. It wasn't very complicated assembler but a lot of people had trouble with that as well.

26th July 2005, 11:45 AM
win 95
win 2000
win me
win xp
oh and atari 1040ste

26th July 2005, 11:49 AM
Windows 98, 2000 and XP - and finally last night Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger!!!

This is the first time I have ever used an Apple OS and I love it. Even my husband who has been complaining about the money I spent on an iBook when I have a perfectly good notebook was impressed with it. :D

27th July 2005, 07:20 PM
Heh, after you see my list you'll see where my allegiance was. :)

DOS (NFI on the version)
Win 3.11
Win 95
Win 98
Win 2k
Win XP

Knoppix 3.8

OSX 10.3
OSX 10.4

Heh, my list is rather short, maybe the fact that I'm only 18 has something to do with it. :P


27th July 2005, 09:10 PM
Apple :: whatever the IIE was running, Mac OS System 6 to OS X 10.4
Commodore :: C64, Amiga ROMs/Workbench 1.2 to 2.1 (an amazing OS and hardware for its time)
PC :: DOS (not sure of exact versions), Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2K, XP, Linux (not heavy use)
Atari :: Atari TOS something or other (1040STE), whatever the Atari 800 ran
Acorn :: BBC Micro OS (or whatever it was called), Archemedes RISC OS (can't remember exact versions)
Sun :: Solaris about 4 years ago (not heavy use)
SGI :: IRIX (not heavy use)

I think that's it.

27th July 2005, 09:15 PM
lavo :: You're still using an Amiga?!?!?!??!?!?! WTF! :)

27th July 2005, 11:04 PM
:-) Up until recently I was using one for fun! Waiting on seeing what happens with 4.0 and the new Amiga PPC machines. The OS is due around Christmas and motherboards have been around for a couple of years now (although quite difficult and expensive to get hold of).

I truly wished the marketing guys at Apple had taken on the Amiga.....oh well!

27th July 2005, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by marc@Jul 27 2005, 09:15 PM
lavo :: You're still using an Amiga?!?!?!??!?!?! WTF! :)
Whats wrong with that? I still use Macintosh System 1.1. :P

28th July 2005, 10:47 PM
In order of exposure:

C16 BASIC interpreter
C64/128 BASIC interpreter
Amiga Workbench 1.3
Amiga Workbench 2.0
Novell DOS (DR-DOS or something?)
Novell 3 (Ah... "secure" high school networks B) )
DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.11
Windows 95 (Chicago betas, then the real deal)
Slackware Linux (Two-three weeks, before formatting and using the disk space for something else. I sucked at Linux, back then)
Windows 98 (See above)
Windows NT 3.51
Windows NT4
Windows 2000 (In fact, starting with beta 3, this became my main operating system. By the RC stages, I removed my old Win9x installation and switched over to NTFS entirely)
Windows Me (Never became a main OS for me. Only used it to learn the differences between it and 98SE. Aside from sucking more, there weren't many)
Redhat Linux, then Mandrake Linux.
Windows XP (Primary OS from 2001 to 2003. Secondary OS to Linux in early 2004, back to primary, and now secondary OS again from March 2005 onwards)
Gentoo Linux (Primary OS in early 2004, went back to XP around June of '04)
Mac OS X 10.3 (Got my first secondhand Mac close to June, 2004. Then went mad buying and selling old Macs to obtain better Macs - ended in March this year, when I bought my Mac mini. Coincidently, this was also the time I started using OS X significantly more than XP).
Mac OS 9.22
Mac OS 8.6/8.1
System 7.5.3
System 6.0.8(?)
Rhapsody DR2
(I did a lotta research at this stage ;) )
Mac OS X 10.4 (Bought myself a secondhand neglected PowerMac G5 that'd been sitting in storage for most of its life. Around the same time, 10.4 became final. Despite being nearly 2 years old, my 1.6GHz single processor PowerMac G5 is now wholeheartedly my main machine, overshadowing the mighty Athlon64 3400+ tower, armed with more storage and a faster GPU, that sits right next to it.)
Windows Vista (Haven't installed this yet, actually. I'll be getting this tonight, and trying it out over the weekend. Luckily, I just built a new system and don't really care if anything on it gets blown away just yet)

There's a few bizarre OS's that I've neglected to mention, QNX for example, purely because my experience with them ranged from less than a day, to less than an hour. BeOS almost falls under this example - I used it for two days, before finding no use for it whatsoever, and went back to whatever I was using at the time.

2nd August 2005, 01:01 PM
I don't know if you can really accuse the Commodore 64 of having an OS any more than you can accuse a Sega Mega Drive of having one, but if so, that's the first.

Then the Apple IIs. Particularly the Apple ][e.

Then came the amazing, unbelievable LC with System 7.0. It was upgraded through its lifetime to 7.5.3 I *think*.

The Performa 250 (Color Classic to the Americans) had System 7.5 through to 7.5.3.

The Classics (purchased later, manufactured earlier) had between 6 and 7, IIRC.

The PowerBook 140 and 170 were both on System 7, I think.

In the PC world I've used Windows 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, 95, NT4, 95 R2, 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 Professional, 2000 Server, XP Home, XP Professional, 2003 Server. MS-DOS 6 (others perhaps used momentarily).

Then came the PowerMac which had 8.6, the other PowerMac with 9.1, the iMac with 9.2, upgraded eventually to Panther.

The other iMac had 9.1, 9.2, 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.4, 10.2.0 -> 10.2.8, 10.3.0 -> 10.3.9.

The current iMac has 10.4.2 (had 10.4.0 and 10.4.1 previous to that).

The PowerBooks had various OS Xes too, but I've already stated that.

On Linux I've used RedHat (7 I think, possibly 8), Fedora Core 1, 2, 3, Knoppix, Lindows/Linspire, Mandrake.

That's about it, I think.

2nd August 2005, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by LCGuy@Jul 27 2005, 11:25 PM
Whats wrong with that? I still use Macintosh System 1.1. :P
Nothing wrong with that at all!

In fact, the Amiga's OS was the best by far for it's time, and still boasts some features that we've only received in the last couple of years.

2nd August 2005, 02:01 PM
Basic on a TRS-80

I'm using it now - the avatars don't come up so well.

2nd August 2005, 03:46 PM
SunOS 4.2
NeXTSTEP 2.0...
OpenStep 4.2
BeOS 4.1,...5.0
Linux: RedHat 4.2..., Mandrake, Ubuntu, Yoper
MacOS: 6..-> 7.5, 10.2
Windows:98,ME,2000,2000 Advanced Server, XP

2nd August 2005, 11:19 PM
Let's see here:
MS-DOS, 4.0-2000, and I probably missed a few versions in that run.
DR-DOS (no idea of version)
BeOS (no idea of version)
GEM/GEMDOS (on the Atari ST, no idea of version)
MacOS 3-6, 9, 10.2, 10.3
Windows 3.xx, 95, 98, NT3, NT4, 2000, XP
OS/2 (no idea of version)
Red Hat Linux (no idea of version, was for testing)
BASIC (on BBC Acorn - I think that was its name - and C64) - if this even counts!

20th August 2005, 04:23 PM
I have used HEAPS of operating systems.. but these are the ones that I called home for more than a month

Dos 6.0 - 6.22
Windows 3.1 - 3.11
Windows 95 Nashville
Windows 95 Final (was worse than Nashville beta)
Windows NT Server
Windows 98 Beta 1
Windows 98 Beta 2
Windows 98
Windows 98 SE
BeOS (yep I used it for a while too!)
Windows 2000
Mac OS 9.1
Mac OS 10.0 - 10.4
My work machines have been windows 2000,Windows 2003 and Windows XP. I am a Microsoft Systems Engineer.. (if only my boss would buy me a powermac!)

20th August 2005, 04:32 PM
I've only really used Mac systems .. all of them.

20th August 2005, 04:33 PM
Mac OS 7.5.5, then up to 8, 8.5, 8.6 (?), then 9, then 10.2, 10.3 and now 10.4.

Never had anything but Macs :)

20th August 2005, 05:10 PM
PC Systems: Windows 3.1, 3.1.1, 95, 98SE, ME, 2000 Pro, XP Home, Xp Pro, Windows 2003 Server.

Mac: 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.5.3, 7.5.5, 7.6, 7.6.1, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 8.6, 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.2.2, 10.0.3, 10.0.4, 10.1-10.1.5, 10.2-10.2.8, 10.3-10.3.9, 10.4-10.4.2

Apple IIe (Cannot remember the actual name of the system)

Commodore 64

Comodore 128

Vic 20

Rob B)

20th August 2005, 06:14 PM
RedHat Linux 5.0, 6.2, 7.1, 8.0, 9.0

Novell 4.11, 5.1 , 6.5

Windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, XP, 2003 Serv, Longhorn B 5048, Vista Beta 1 :D

Mac OS 7, 8, 9, 10

C 64

oh and Windows CE ME NT :lol:

20th August 2005, 06:50 PM

I have used, all macintosh operating systems, unix, lynix, Different more mac like hungarian lynux.
Dos, 3.33-Dos 6.2.2 BASIC and thats about it!

20th August 2005, 07:43 PM
To the usual Mac/Windows variants, Iíll add Palm OS, Newton OS, iPod, Casio digital diary, various calculators, hifis, digital cameras and VCRs.

21st August 2005, 05:36 PM
DOS (various version I care not to remember).
Windows (all of them - I profit from it).
Mac OS (From System 7 to 8.5.1) Couldn't upgrade to 9 on my machine, cbf'd playing with it to do so.

Then I was missing in action for a while.

Then Mac OS X.2.4 when I got my new iBook (which was the biggest POS I'd ever bought from Apple). Then 10.3 and now 10.4 - Both Server and Client editions, if we're being specific.

I've always "played" with linux distros for fun and something new, other then windows.
Mandrake, SuSE, Ubuntu, Gentoo, etc. etc..... I've settled on CentOS, by far the smoothest running and more user friendly (for me) Distro I've ever used.