What OS Do YOU Use?

Hello!

What OS do you use? Windows? Mac? Linux? Mobile?

Also, are you a player or an author? ( If you're an author, do you use Quest or Squiffy?)


I'm basically wanting to know how many of us are using Windows, and how many of us never use Windows.


Me?

I have Windows, but I prefer using Linux.

Fact is, I only use Windows for text-adventure related things (creating them and playing them), and, if I could create and play text-adventures without Windows, I'd never use Windows at all. Well... Maybe to edit a video in my 5-year-old version of Adobe Premiere Elements once in a blue moon, but that's about it.

I've never owned a Mac, but I hear they're pretty awesome.

Oh . . . and I have played text adventures on phones and tablets, but I thought it kinda sucked compared to playing on an actual desktop (or laptop).


EDIT

To be fair to Windows, I spent a whopping $45 to upgrade from 4GB to 8GB of RAM recently, and I am now much less inclined to verbally abuse my poor laptop whilst it tries it best to run anything that involves an editor. In fact, most of the programs I normally use run much better now.


Windows 10


Windows all the way (since 1.0) now 10 on both desk and lap. Tried Linux but couldn't understand it. Probably had something to do with the age I was when I tried. Never had an Apple of any vintage. Phones are too small for my fingers and my eyes.
Although I have used a few emulators mainly to see what should happen when I am translating to another, I prefer to use the target language if at all possible.

As for adventures - mainly a player (although I've become choosy as to what I play in my later years).
With writing, I've dabbled in Quest & Squiffy (but not Gamebook) as well as Inform 6 & 7, Adrift, BASIC (GW, QuickBasic, Q_Basic, QB_64 and some other Basics. Current peference is Inform6.

I mainly write to convert old BASIC type-ins to whichever language I think will suit it best.

There's probably more but I don't want to bore you all. I think these days we are spoilt for choice.


Linux here; but more often on the forum from my phone.


I had an Apple2e from about 8 years old to 14 (technically I still have it, but it's been in boxes for quite a while), then we got Windows 95, and I've been trapped ever since!
Trapped! Like a rat! A cold little rat, with no hair and one leg!
I'm still clinging for dear life to Windows 7 on my desktop. I got a Windows 10 laptop, thinking I would use it for RPGMaker. IT is now mostly just a portal for my kids to Zoom school on.
I feel like I'm caught in an abusive relationship I can't get out of. I wish I could escape from windows, but it's all I've known for too long. I have been annoyed, frustrated, and disappointed by every new version of Windows that has been forced upon me. I am perfectly happy in a mad scientist's laboratory with crazy junk all over the place, as long as I know where everything is, and every time Microsoft tries to make things more "simple" or "convenient" all I can think is,
"I don't believe it! There she goes again! She's tidied up, and I can't find anything! All my tubes and wires!"
I have one published Quest micro-adventure, 8 or so unfinished Quest projects, and a variety of games unfinished in other things, mostly RPGMaker. For playing, I was mostly a console kid, and mostly just Nintendo. With rare exception, I would probably rather play an old text adventure or NES game than any modern PC game.
(Sometimes I think I was born old, and sometimes my friends agree.)


Hi KV, to answer both questions:

  1. I'm a Windows user and will probably stick with Microsoft.
  2. I'd classify myself as an 'author' but I also play games from time to time. I've only worked with Quest and all games have been developed offline. I've also helped a few authors who have good ideas but gaps in their Quest knowledge. I have no projects on at the moment.

@DarkLizerd

Windows 10

DL in the house!

...and using Windows. (Word. Word.)


@R2T1

Windows all the way (since 1.0) now 10 on both desk and lap.

Artoo!

...using Windows since 1.0! Rock and roll!

Tried Linux but couldn't understand it. Probably had something to do with the age I was when I tried.

Yeah. You definitely have to relearn nearly everything if you work from the command line when switching from Windows to Linux.

Never had an Apple of any vintage.

Neither have I. I've never had any iThings, either.

Phones are too small for my fingers and my eyes.

I truly believe I was better off before I acquired a mobile phone.

(The pager was where I should have stopped "evolving".)

Current preference is Inform6.

I've tried to start writing a game with I6, but it's so much to learn . . .

I already know like 90% of Inform 7-ese. What could I do in Inform 6 that can't be done in Inform 7? Anything? If not, I'm not poking fun; I'm seriously wondering if it's worth learning a new (but old) programming language.

I mainly write to convert old BASIC type-ins to whichever language I think will suit it best.

Hey... You and DL are both BASIC people.

I dabbled in EXTENDED COLOR BASIC back in the day, but I mostly played Downland on that computer.

I wish I could say I played the Infocom Hitchhiker's game in BASIC on that computer, but it ran that under DOS. So, meh. I've never played a BASIC text adventure.


@mrangel

Linux here; but more often on the forum from my phone.

It appears that you and I may be the only two Linux users here, mrangel.


@TriangleGames

I had an Apple2e [ . . . ] then we got Windows 95, and I've been trapped ever since!

Hehehe.

I'm still clinging for dear life to Windows 7 on my desktop.

I can't bring myself to get rid of Windows 7 either. I have it on a machine which cannot connect to the internet.

I (mostly) liked Windows 98 SE. I didn't like XP or 8 at all. Windows 10 ... sigh ... It may not be the OS we need, but I do truly believe that it's the OS we deserve.

With rare exception, I would probably rather play an old text adventure or NES game than any modern PC game.

Same here. Well, throw in SNES in there, and same here.


@DavyB

I'm a Windows user and will probably stick with Microsoft.

I bash Windows a lot (all the time), but I will admit that, if I want something to work (and work as expected), I run it on Windows.

Everything in the Linux world is free (or mostly everything); so it's literally not worth a software engineer's time (unless said notable either (A) just likes to help people for free or (B) is seeking notoriety).


Windows 10, missing 7 every day.


@Pykrete
Windows 10, missing 7 every day.

Windows 7 just seemed so . . . well put together.

Windows 10 is like the unattractive friend of Windows 7.

Windows 7 has moved on, and Windows 10 is right here -- all up in my face. It sort of looks like 7, but it just doesn't look nearly as good. It sort of acts like 7, but it needs more expensive hardware to perform half as well as 7 did.

Sure, I still use Windows 10, but I don't love it. (I have needs. Don't judge me!) I'm just using it to feel like I'm doing something, and it's just doing the bare minimum while trying to get some more of my money every time I turn around.

But 7 is old now and has security issues. What's a guy supposed to do? Use Windows 10, or work things out manually?

Well, I was raised Catholic; so, working things out manually is against my former religion. Looks like I'm stuck with Windows 10!


My computer has woken itself up in the night two nights running. I cannot adequately put into words just how much I fucking hate Windows 10, to be frank. Unfortunately, Microsoft forced my hand by making a number of things Windows 10 exclusive.


The thing about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has decided it knows better than you. They have hidden away things like the control panel so trying to change your network setting, for example, takes far more effort; they force updates on you; the search option in Windows Explorer has everything hidden away apart from the basics. If you are just doing basics, it is fine, but try to do your own thing, and they make much more difficult.

Oh, and things change without warning when it updates.

I stick with it because I play games, and most are only on PC.


The thing about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has decided it knows better than you.

Well said.


they force updates on you

Linux does this, too.

Ubuntu's updating is just as bad as Windows 10's updating.

I don't even like installing things on Debian, let alone doing a full system upgrade.

Linux Mint is basically Ubuntu except the GUI layout is like Windows. Most importantly, the updates are somewhat different. It still uses apt like Ubuntu, but it's easy to ignore available updates in Linux -- and it just seems to go more smoothly when you do decide to update software in Linux Mint.

Arch Linux is a monster. It is bleeding edge, so it constantly has at least one software update available -- but might have 100 at any given moment. Any single update might break something. For instance, I get the Inform 7 GUI app (gnome-inform7) running in Arch after something breaks it once a month, every month. It worked last week. Updated. No more Inform 7 GUI. In Arch's defense, gnome-inform7 has to be installed by the user from source code. It is not included in any repositories.

...but, if you go more than thirty days without updating everything in Arch, it might not even boot once you do finally update everything. In Arch's defense, the user is warned about all of this.

Still, no Linux distribution I've ever used automatically updates anything. Everything except Arch Linux automatically checks for updates, but then you just get a notification that you should definitely get to updating stuff when you're not busy.

Windows 10 just takes it upon itself to run updates, and that's my biggest issue with it. Sure, you can go into the settings and change when updates are applied, but that crap just resets after the next freaking update! Grrr!!!

Oh, and things change without warning when it updates.

Linux does this, too.

Windows 10 likes to change my desktop background from Kate Upton in zero gravity to a solid hot pink color.

Linux Mint likes to change its desktop background to ... whatever the Linux Mint people think is cool that month, I guess.

Ubuntu wants everything to be purple. You can change stuff, but updates bring back all the purple. (I'm not a fan of purple.)

I stick with it because I play games, and most are only on PC.

Ah. I believe this is true with most people, unless they need it for work-related software.


My computer has woken itself up in the night two nights running. [ . . . ] Unfortunately, Microsoft forced my hand by making a number of things Windows 10 exclusive.

Game-related? Or work-related?


I do have to say (again) that I haven't really verbally abused Windows 10 since I upgraded from 4 to 8 GB of RAM.

With 4 GB, it took 1 - 2 minutes for my browser to initially open. Once open, going to a new url would take 2 - 4 minutes for the page to load.

With 8 GB, it might take 30 seconds to initially open, but it's smooth-sailing after that. With the same exact internet connection.

Also, running things like Quest and Visual Studio haven't caused anything to freeze up since the RAM upgrade.

It's almost like Windows shouldn't let people sell anything with less than 8GB of RAM with Windows 10 installed on it.


Windows 10, I think it is pretty good but then again I do not use other OS, so what do I know?
I am 90% author and 10% player, I like to play games but somehow I am really slow at reading, so I prefer to play those high action many cinematics console games, also in those games, I actually skipped most of the dialogues, so like my teacher always said, you lose what you do not use, I lost my brain haha.

I am an author and I use Quest, I like to think that I am successful, because there are hundreds of plays on my games, but recently I realized there are not much ratings or comments so perhaps my games are uninteresting in which I do not really care :P, I just need to entertain myself XD.


Currently using an entry Windows 10 laptop that can surprisingly hold it's own (main limiting factor is 4GB of ram). I've used a family member's Macbook before and the OS was pretty nice. It's a shame that the downloadable version of Quest 5 isn't available for it.

I play some Quest games but mainly work on my own, which will take a while to finish. I really like the downloadable editor but not so much the online version (downloadable just seems so much more cleaner and efficient, also no extra steps to make attributes).


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