So I've been messing around with various operating systems for my basement PC. Basically it's used for web browsing, e-mail checking, and home recording.
I've always felt that FreeBSD was the best server platform. I still feel this way. I am now conviced that it lags way behind on the desktop.
Linux? Forget about it. The zealots will have you believe it is faster than Windows. I tried various flavors of Linux and was extremely disappointed with the responsiveness of the OS.
So I'm left with either Mac or Windows. Mr. Jobs, please come down in price! Dell / Windows it is. I'm back to square one.
Yep. I never thought I'd say it. But Windows outperforms both FreeBSD and Linux on the desktop. Server is still up in the air, but the two best desktop OSs are, by far, MacOS and Windows.