...except that you should probably use the tool that you feel most comfortable with.

Ultimately that's exactly what a computer operating system (OS) is; it's a tool that permits you do to work, perform research, consume or be entertained. A good operating system gets out of your way and facilitates these tasks. A poor operating system requires more time and effort to use than the task you wanted to perform in the first place.

At the present there are several types of computers present within our home. We have Apple laptops running OS X, multiple iPads, an old Dell workstation re-purposed as a Linux file, email and web server, another Dell workstation repurposed as a Linux desktop, an aging laptop running Linux, my cell phone running Windows 10 mobile, and my personal desktop running Windows 10 and Linux in a dual-drive capacity.

A decade of my professional career was spent troubleshooting and repairing computers running some version of Microsoft Windows. As a side effect of that career I felt that the Windows operating system was a poor operating system, prone to all manner of issues likely to lead to the loss of one's hair, and the worst ones were security related. The ease by which a Windows computer could become compromised by spyware, viruses and rootkits was quite sobering. When our family computer became infected to the point that I could not repair it without completely erasing the hard drive, I decided that Windows was no longer welcome in our home, especially because there were other alternatives available.

Toward the end of 2005 I had found that the Ubuntu Linux distribution had matured to the point where using it as a primary operating system was not inconceivable, and naively believed that it was the future of personal computing. It was not (though it worked great on our computers at the time), and ten years later it still is not, but at the time I felt it was the best answer to the security issues of Windows systems. Today, in our home Linux fulfills certain requirements but does not quite meet others, primarily when it comes to video games other than Minecraft (the horror of Wine!) and certain tasks that are necessitated by school and are not inherently supported (that require Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Air or Microsoft Office). On top of this, certain other heavily used applications (such as Adobe Flash and Reader) are no longer in development for Linux and may or may not receive timely security updates as a result. The workarounds for these issues are complicated and not always desirable. While the systems tend to remain stable and secure, the amount of time spent getting basic things to work was not inconsiderable, and free time is a luxury I can scarcely afford these days.

Some years later I purchased a used Macbook Pro computer that was already past its prime in years, and yet has been a steady workhorse ever since. Generally speaking laptop computers don't tend to keep working properly for more than three years, but this particular model was top of the line when it was assembled, and it shows. However, the trade-off has been a limit to the operating system supported, namely OS X Lion which is soon to reach obsolescence in the computer world. Once Apple stops producing security updates for this operating system, other software developers will jump ship, which will not help the aging equipment remain useful. In an attempt to reinvigorate the system I attempted to install Linux, which rendered the laptop barely usable due to Apple's proprietary EFI system, and failing that I even loaded Windows 7 on the computer for a short while before deciding that I had made a terrible mistake (the system perpetually ran hot, and with laptops computers that is never a good thing). Still, the system was good enough to purchase one for our eldest child, who still prefers it to the other computers in the house to this day.

As for myself, I presently find the OS X operating system too restrictive, and primarily use it for accessing the internet or other computers in the home (either my desktop or server) via our local network. I find iOS to be significantly worse, where your personal data seems to be no longer something you can control directly, but rather only in ways that Apple deems fit.