I have been using computers since 1978, I am a CNA since 1985, A Linux Administrator since 1990, Windows certified since 1995, I consider myself a professional 'geek'. now that said, I have seen many operating system from CP/M, Z80 Based, Unix, OS/2 Warp, BeOS, Linux Since Slackware 1.0 and other variations, windows since it has been born out of the garage of IBM's MS DOS wake.
Operating systems are like underwear, you like boxers or tighty whities ? does it matter?
More importantly is does the operating system perform what you need it to do?
I have a disabled daughter, and she Uses Windows 7, because the accessibility software package permits her to use her eyes to use a on screen keyboard.
I have a wife that enjoys the internet and gaming, and is a web page designer, what does she use, yep Windows 7 as well.
Now I have... numerous Computers, some older some top of the line, and I have everything in between when I deal with my clients, what do I prefer to use ? windows 8 why ? because it runs faster on my dual Pentium laptop then windows 7 has. I also have 6 removable drives for another test pc that I use for customer Q&A issues and personal testing of drivers. I carry Ubuntu, Windows xp, Windows 7 Windows 8, only because they are the only operating systems I support and the one the manufacturers support for their hardware, and this is the biggest issue, hardware.... if developer do not create drivers, the operating software is doomed to become instinct
what OS I have prefer(ed), personally I loved BeOs, and IBM OS/2 Warp (I know I made some smile here), Windows then Unbuntu in that order. :) cheers
yes I did not even mention Apple OS as at it is not an hardware/Software package that supported enough devices my clients use and therefore I have no need to investigate it, personally I refuse to use it because it is based on "controlled hardware" definitions because apple has scares people coule not need them if they could design drivers for it.