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New study shows that Apple's 13" MacBook Pro running Boot Camp is the most reliable Windows notebook

Apple vs. Microsoft, OS X vs. Windows -- these are comparisons that pit fanboys from each side against each other with little middle ground. The two sides have bickered for years with Windows fans bragging about lower prices and larger market share, while OS X backers cite high quality, reliable machines and the lack of significant malware penetration.
 
Today, however, an Israeli PC management firm has added a slight twist in the age-old Mac vs. PC debate. Between January 1st, 2013 and April 1st, 2013, Soluto monitored 150,000 notebook computers running Windows and analyzed the data from:
 
224,144 crashes
250,791 hangs
84,251 BSoDs
1,346,000 boot cycles
62,476 hours spent on boot
 
After analyzing the above data and giving each machine a "Soluto Score", the results of the study were quite surprising. The results showed that the most reliable "PC" was the 13" MacBook Pro (mid-2012 model) running Boot Camp.
 
Soluto attributes this victory to the fact that a MacBook Pro running a copy of Windows via Boot Camp is free of the typical bloatware that comes with a brand new Windows machine. To this point, Soluto opines, "PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro."

 
To those that say that a clean install of Windows on a MacBook Pro isn't a fair comparison, Soluto offers this consolation, "One could argue that we should not compare a cleanly installed MacBook Pro with an OEM-imaged PC from Acer or Dell… But – for this first report we simply compared the real PCs in the field, some with original images and some reinstalled by their users. We believe it’s more representative of reality."
 
Rounding out the top five entries were the Acer Aspire E1-571, Dell XPS 13, Dell Vostro 3560, and the Acer Aspire V3-771. The 15” Retina MacBook Pro, three more Dells, and a single Lenovo entry fleshed out the top 10. Notebooks from ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, and Samsung were nowhere to be found on the list.
 
ZDNET's Ed Bott reckons that the reason for the strong showings by Acer and Dell in the study is the companies’ relatively bloat-free installs, with very few third-party utilities to muck with users' computers. On the other hand, Samsung, which didn't make the list, is notorious for filling machines with needless third-party software junk.

Sources: Soluto, ZDNet



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RE: uh, what?
By Pirks on 4/25/2013 3:20:37 AM , Rating: 2
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Scientist or engineer that does a lot of coding: Linux or OSX
Nah, quite far from truth, I was working as an applied researcher prototyping mocap postprocessing software that would find the best fit of the facial 3D model bones to the set of scanned facial mocap markers, and I was using Windows Matlab for that, it was head and shoulders above any scientific/math software I ever used on Unix in my grad school. So no, Windows quite often is the best tool, things like Matlab leave no choice to any serious applied mathematician.

Second point - if you are really advanced numerical computation guy and you work for military, government, big oil etc, and you develop massively parallel simulation code - then Windows with CUDA is light years ahead of any Unix/OS X kids toys. Big guys with $$$ to spend usually choose Windows for the best tools for doing grand scale stuff like CUDA or Distributed Matlab. Small fish - yeah small guys often use Linux 'cause they don't need convenience of Windows, or they can't afford it or they don't need to do big overly complex stuff. For small cheap things Mac or Linux is not too bad, maybe. Here I may agree with you, more or less.
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a scientist putting together publications incorporating text + equations + tables + graphics
I wrote my MS thesis on Windows too, don't remember LaTeX distro I used for that, TeTeX maybe? Anyway, I used both this LaTeX thing and emacs in cygwin to write 200 pages of my thesis, the formulas, the index, contents, illustrations, graphs - it was all pure pleasure to work with. The topic was techniques to compress mocap data and also applications of sequential quadratic solvers in motion data compression, it was based on a few very interesting papers by Zoran Popovic from UofW.

I was able to write my thesis while running the best version of Matlab, shooting some imps in Doom 3 once in a while, running other fancy games when I felt like it, watching any video, any rip I got form torrents, plus my huge industrial music collection etc etc etc. Everything existing out there at my fingertips, no lack of software like on Macs or Linux ;)

And all of that on a cheapo $800 PC desktop with some Pentium 4 inside, then Athlon XP etc. OS X or Linux are nowhere close to comfort and universalism of Windows. They are much more narrow minded systems, OS X is more like for design freaks and Linux is for people who like to tinker in computer internals and debug their own kernels.

Windows is for the rest of us :)


RE: uh, what?
By JPForums on 4/25/2013 10:21:43 AM , Rating: 2
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OS X or Linux are nowhere close to comfort and universalism of Windows.
True. Windows tries to be all things for all people and does a reasonably good job of it.
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They [OSX/Linux] are much more narrow minded systems
Another word for this would be focused. The implication here is that there are specifics that these platforms are designed to do better than Windows. Windows isn't as good as OSX at task management out of the box due in large part to the lack of multi-desktop support. VirtuaWin can address this, but I'd estimate that most people who need it don't know about it. Further, while many tools (Matlab, Xilinx ISE/Plan Ahead, etc.) work better in Windows, there are also tools (I.E. Cadence and Mentor graphics ASIC design tools) that work better in Linux. I would be remiss if I didn't again call attention to the suitability of *nix operating systems in a server environment.
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I was able to write my thesis while running the best version of Matlab, shooting some imps in Doom 3 once in a while, running other fancy games when I felt like it, watching any video, any rip I got form torrents, plus my huge industrial music collection etc etc etc. Everything existing out there at my fingertips, no lack of software like on Macs or Linux ;)
Perfect example of how Windows is suitable for a diversified role. It doesn't necessarily do everything the best, but it does have the greatest chance of doing everything you want at least reasonably well.


RE: uh, what?
By royalcrown on 4/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: uh, what?
By chemist1 on 4/26/2013 6:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
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if you are really advanced numerical computation guy and you work for military, government, big oil etc, and you develop massively parallel simulation code - then Windows with CUDA is light years ahead of any Unix/OS X kids toys. Big guys with $$$ to spend usually choose Windows for the best tools for doing grand scale stuff like CUDA or Distributed Matlab. Small fish - yeah small guys often use Linux 'cause they don't need convenience of Windows, or they can't afford it or they don't need to do big overly complex stuff. For small cheap things Mac or Linux is not too bad, maybe.


Pirks, this statement is so ridiculous it's clear that that you're only interested in trolling. Fermilab and CERN both use Scientific Linux to handle their enormous computing tasks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_Linux. The LHC in particular produces ~ 15 petabytes of data annually, and analyzing it is one of the largest computing tasks currently in existence. For this, they use Scientific Linux/Ubuntu (http://news.techworld.com/operating-systems/336822...

“We use it [Linux/Ubuntu] every day in our analyses, together with hosts of open software, such as ROOT, and it plays a major role in the running of our networks of computers (in the grid etc.) used for the intensive work in our calculations,” continued the source.

“In terms of data analysis, Windows could be used in principle. We could also use some type of device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a simple table of rules. Linux is used because it is most appropriate for the job.”

And (http://malandes.web.cern.ch/malandes/cc.html):
"All physics computing is done using the Linux operating system"


RE: uh, what?
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/26/2013 7:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Pirks, this statement is so ridiculous it's clear that that you're only interested in trolling.
It's been obvious since I have been on this site.


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