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Which Desktop OS Are You? IT Pro Personality Quiz

You don't have time for cute little Facebook quizzes. But in your grizzled IT career, an OS or two has rubbed off on you: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Chrome OS?

Windows 8.1: A Visual Tour
Windows 8.1: Visual Tour
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Your IT career has been an odyssey from server jockey to architect to having the C-suite in your sights. You can't help but see the parallel in how end-user computing's evolved from clunky beige CRT monitors to laptops to ultrabooks.

You've made a big data plan, calmly explained why the sales manager can't carry the complete customer database around on his personal iPhone, and managed through zero-based budgets and the public cloud go-go days.

Somewhere along the line, you've let an operating system or two rub off on you. The question is: Which one? Take our quiz to find out.

1. What are you wearing right now?
a. Collared shirt and chinos
b. An ironic Woot tee and cargo shorts
c. Why do you want to know?

2. What's your favorite HBO series of all time?
a. Curb Your Enthusiasm
b. True Blood
c. What's HBO? Host Bus Optimizer?

3. What music are you listening to now?
a. Michael Bublé on Pandora
b. Daft Punk on Spotify
c. C418 on a Tor stream

4. Who is your favorite superhero?
a. Captain America
b. Green Lantern
c. Loki

5. What's your top fantasy book?
a. Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets
b. Game of Thrones
c. Watchmen

6. What's your favorite vacation spot?
a. Branson
b. Austin
c. Thailand. And none of your business.

Image credit: Sticky Comics
Image credit: Sticky Comics

7. What are your drinks of choice?
a. Bud Light mostly, a nice Merlot on special occasions
b. SBux vegan soy latte, maybe a Shaken Iced Passion Tea Lemonade if I'm feeling frisky
c. Red Bull with a side shot of Jack. Mountain Dew if it's close to bedtime

8. What's the last thing you do before going to sleep?
a. Brush and floss my teeth thoroughly
b. Hatha yoga and meditate on the oneness of all things
c. Set up some tripwires and tack a blanket over the window to keep the sunlight out

9. Which element are you?
a. Gold
b. Helium
c. Unobtanium

10. What do you drive?
a. Ford F150
b. Toyota Prius
c. My bike

11. What's the biggest injustice in the past 20 years?
a. The iPad
b. Bush v. Gore
c. Token Ring

12. What keeps you awake at night?
a. The iPad
b. Planned obsolescence
c. Red pill or blue pill?

See page two to see the truth about your OS type.

Lorna Garey is content director of InformationWeek digital media. View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
2/14/2014 | 1:19:26 PM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Used to be a Windows person, until they upgraded to version 8. Now that it is confusing and touch-enabled, it makes me now want to be a Mac person.

In fact, now I am because of that, because Windows couldn't really decide what it wanted to be anymore. 
User Rank: Strategist
2/14/2014 | 8:10:09 PM
a bit mixed
I seem have a linux attitude but am a windows user.... works for me.
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
2/14/2014 | 9:05:30 PM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Fun quiz. I'm an OS X (and, in fact, do like hummus).
User Rank: Ninja
2/15/2014 | 12:36:05 PM
Definitely a UNIX-head
But my wife and I met at church choir.


Apparently, my boss had me pegged when he started introducing me to UNIX, because I was that way when I was a DOS-head too.

User Rank: Ninja
2/15/2014 | 2:15:06 PM
Comic Book heroes
I definitely think Batman would be more appealing to the typical Linux user than Loki.  For starters, he's got all that great computing equipment and he's surely not running Windows or OSX (most likely OpenBSD).

IW Pick
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2014 | 6:51:26 AM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Chrome OS seems to be nice because who wouldn't want to be post-modern, travel light and be everywhere! -- It finishes a lot of the problems that are associated with the red pill or blue pill paradox. 

Windows 8.1 is also important and a Win 8.1 vs. Win 7 post that only focuses on the additional features would be great. 
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2014 | 3:00:06 PM
Re: a bit mixed

Funny, I thought I was the only one. who answered mostly C, but uses Win 7. But the way, Windows 7 is my favorite OS.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
2/18/2014 | 12:12:55 AM
Some sort of antitrust joke goes here, probably
What am I if my favorite HBO series is The Sopranos?  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
2/18/2014 | 12:14:31 AM
Re: Definitely a UNIX-head
It's funny because personally I find UNIX annoying to use (though I understand its appeal for others), but MS-DOS is my all-time favorite OS.  I think it all went downhill with Windows 95.  :p
User Rank: Ninja
2/18/2014 | 4:49:12 AM
Re: a bit mixed
Curiously enough, I'm an old Pascal programmer (former Borland cultist) who has been living in the UNIX world for the past 20 years or so.

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