The Advantages & Disadvantages of Running Mac OS X

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The Advantages & Disadvantages of Running Mac OS X
Mac OS X was built upon the UNIX operating system. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

In recent years, the Mac OS X platform has seen a surge in popularity, as Apple's market share has more than doubled from 4 per cent in 2006 to 10 per cent in 2010. Many users cite the operating system's reliability and lack of computer viruses as a huge advantage over the Windows platform. Other users, however, have cited disadvantages such as the lack of computer games available for the platform and the limited ability for user customisation.

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Reliability of OS

The Mac OS X operating system has consistently ranked as one of the most reliable computer operating systems amongst computer users. Mac users report far fewer system crashes than Windows users. In addition, Mac users often utilise the "Force Quit" function within to close out frozen applications without shutting down the entire system.

Lack of Computer Viruses

Mac OS X users report virtually zero viruses infecting their computers. There have only been a handful of known Mac viruses in the past decade; Trojans and malware are even less prevalent. Some critics argue that because OS X has such a small market share that virus programmers do not target the OS because of the limited damage it would cause. Still, OS X's market share has steadily risen over the past five years without any increase in reported viruses.

Limited Number of Computer Games

The Mac OS X platform has a very small number of computer games compatible with its system. The overwhelming majority of computer game developers focus strictly on creating games for the Windows OS. Apple has tried to lure more developers into bringing more titles but with few successes.

Lack of Hardware Customization

Unlike Microsoft, Apple designs its OS X operating system to work with specific sets of hardware and software. Many Mac users have a hard time installing custom graphics cards, RAM modules and other computer components onto the OS X platform. Official Apple support technicians will not help with this type of customisation, so users must figure things out for themselves if they want to tinker with machine components.

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