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I'd like to highlight the following technology:
Cincom VisualWorks Smalltalk
I'd like to work with:
Oracle SPARC Systems
Oracle Developer Studio
...and integration with Microsoft Windows 10-11 and Surface
Lenovo Thinkstation AMD Ryzen and DataCenter AMD Epyc
IBM POWER Systems
Talos II OpenPOWER Systems
Nokia now owns Bell Labs, the inventors of UNIX, among other things.
I'm currently using:
Oracle Linux on an Intel Xeon and i7 (to great delight)
IntelliJ IDEA (Java programming)
Java and Java JDK (the MVC paradigm seems to work quite nicely here)
VisualWorks Smalltalk (to great delight)
I'm also following:
NEXTSPACE (on GitHub)
My favorite operating systems that I've ever used:
NeXTstep (from NeXT)
I enjoyed the OpenStep APIs and Objective-C
macOS and Windows 10 each have their own strengths and markets.
Windows 10 has a dynamite graphical user interface. Microsoft should keep this for duration. OneNote, their Music Store, and likely their Software Store, are really nice, outstanding. OneNote is intuitive, performs perfectly, and prints as one would expect a well-designed system to anticipate, and with relevant options. As Microsoft, I would add a dedicated user button to the outstanding taskbar to enable the arrangement, in a separate window dedicated for the task, of the app icons in the task bar so that as one adds apps' icons to the taskbar, one can arrange them at wish on the various groups and rows of the taskbar. In this user taskbar edit-and-arrange window, I would then have Apply and Revert buttons, with the standard window close icon in the window title bar. The logic would be clear, and the user gets to arrange, group icons within, and perhaps other edits, to the taskbar. Windows 10 is very productive. It's memory-efficient and fast. It may need to augment with security software, at some cost, not sure what the recommendation is. Some sell McAfee. There may be Norton as an option. Surface and Windows 10, or Windows 10 on Intel hardware, should be very nice.
The iPad Pro and iPhone, and iMac Pro and Mac Pro, with their OSs and apps, look like perfect computers for their market. For instance, handwritten (I think one can title and search them) notes, augmented reality, and Microsoft Word, on the iPad Pro (and some of this likely for other iPads) is really nice. Really nicely designed units. MacOS has had a consistent graphical user interface for 20 years now. Their philosophy seems to be a complete, integrated user environment.
I prefer the Linux and UNIX filesystems, the Terminal shells, and the stability and mentality of Linux and UNIX. The Xwayland graphical user interface is pretty slick, and well-thought-out and well-done. Gnome Tweaks is key, and then one can get something with a taskbar, and multiple desktops. It's not perfect (almost, and it's still dynamite!), but really excellent. So I enjoy my Oracle Linux box running Xwayland. It's also very productive. I'm looking forward to installing a version of Windows 10 in a VirtualBox on Oracle Linux, and finding out more about Windows 10.
One might, I find, still need some familiarity with UNIX/Linux, and the shell, and technical, to maintain a Linux box. It may be possible for someone somewhat technically savvy to install a Linux on an Intel machine, for someone, a non-technical user, and have it work beautifully. There are several variants of Linux including CentOS, and Red Hat and SuSE for the enterprise or the developer.
GhostBSD, for a standard user desktop, might install without a hitch, and worth attention. One would have to try it. It comes with LibreOffice, Thunderbird Mail, Firefox Web Browser, Document Viewer for PDFs, and Files, with a nicely designed graphical user interface.
So there are options and features, in modern operating systems and desktop computing environments.
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