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Usability Comparison: Five PC Operating Systems Compared

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Most Operating systems are very good these days. Primary focus for the Desktop Computer should be ease of use, or so you’d hope. I take five Operating Systems and compare them using six tasks that most users will need to do at least once a week. Here is how they did.

The Tests

I decided on Six common tasks that every user probably would want to do at least once a week, some of them more than that. They are, in no order of importance:

Joining a Wireless Network
Checking Connection Information (IP Address, Gateway, etc.)
Setting a Network Proxy
Joining a Wired Network
Changing Your Desktop Background
Changing Your Desktop Theme

The Guinea Pigs

I chose the Operating Systems based on the diversity of User Interface, and not on OS Architecture. They are:

Windows 7
Ubuntu – Gnome
Kubuntu – KDE
Linux Mint – Tweaked Gnome
PCLinuxOS – Tweaked KDE

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