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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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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/14/2014 | 9:36:16 AM
I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
But "Post-modern... and live in the cloud?" Not really. Truth be told, my answers to a lot of the questions were "none of the above." Now what OS does that make me? 
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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2/14/2014 | 10:02:11 AM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Color me Windows...for the most part. But Branson and Michael Buble?
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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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. 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/14/2014 | 10:12:35 AM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Come on, Buble is awesome!
Alison_Diana
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2/14/2014 | 10:49:40 AM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Right there with you, Marilyn. Who knew brushing your teeth at night or driving a Toyota hybrid (Camry, not Prius though!) could determine my OS?! Fun quiz, much better than the latest "pick a door" or "which Harry Potter character" quiz floating around FB. Sharing now!
CraigS731
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CraigS731,
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2/14/2014 | 12:01:35 PM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Chrome IS Linux, so you're a Linux user....

 oh, and Android is also Linux.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/14/2014 | 12:22:15 PM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
Isn't everything, really, when you come right down to it? :-D
TerryB
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TerryB,
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2/14/2014 | 12:58:07 PM
Re: I'm definitely a Chrome...or maybe none of the above
I've been doing this so long that answering a quiz like that would scream "green screen mainframe timesharing".

Not a lot of arguments over emulators back in those days....  :-)
Brian.Dean
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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. 
Kristin Burnham
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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).
Laurianne McLaughlin
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Laurianne McLaughlin,
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2/14/2014 | 10:56:57 AM
Curb Your Enthusiasm
I always saw Larry David as a Mac guy, not Windows. Hmmm.
CraigS731
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CraigS731,
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2/14/2014 | 11:58:46 AM
Which Desktop OS am I?
I am definitely a Linux user and I happen to KNOW the NSA is watching me! 

"Friends don't let friends use Windows."
TerryB
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TerryB,
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2/14/2014 | 12:55:13 PM
Re: Linux since 2002
Man you are irritating. Wouldn't your company save money by firing you and actually paying InfoWeek for RoboLinux advertising? Get a real job, please.
LeeB120
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LeeB120,
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2/14/2014 | 8:10:09 PM
a bit mixed
I seem have a linux attitude but am a windows user.... works for me.
mak63
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mak63,
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2/17/2014 | 3:00:06 PM
Re: a bit mixed
@LeeB120

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.
jries921
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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.

 
jries921
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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.

 
Joe Stanganelli
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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
jries921
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2/18/2014 | 5:02:21 AM
Re: Definitely a UNIX-head
Yep...Windows 95 was what prompted me to ditch MS operating systems on my personal equipment.  I've never liked to be dictated to and definitely preferered an optional GUI to a mandatory one.  Ironically, I fled to OS/2 (at least the GUI was better) and went to Linux from there.  But I had already started using UNIX professionally before Windows 95 came out, which made Linux all the more appealing to me.

 
Joe Stanganelli
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2/19/2014 | 2:07:25 AM
Re: Definitely a UNIX-head
Funnily enough, it was all so Windows could more effectively appeal to the Mac market(/copy Mac OS).  It was the Applification of Windows.

The result?  A big GUI mess!  ;)
jries921
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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).

 
Joe Stanganelli
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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?  ;)
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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2/20/2014 | 5:44:36 AM
Re: Which Desktop OS Are You? IT Pro Personality Quiz
@ danielcawrey, that's been the problem with Microsoft even since they launched Windows 8. They seem to be confused about where to go from there. There was a considerable amount of clamoring from users about the new user interface and Microsoft could never decide whether to stick to its new UI or provide some fixes. They had better taken some clear direction.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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2/20/2014 | 5:48:15 AM
Re : Which Desktop OS Are You? IT Pro Personality Quiz
@ Brian.Dean, I don't really understand what is really postmodern about Chrome OS which in my opinion has a long way to go to become a reliable operating system. Such a post telling the additional features of Windows 8.1 would be very useful for hesitant users. I don't want to look like a Windows 8.1 promoter but I would really like to explore more about it.
Lorna Garey
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2/20/2014 | 10:49:30 AM
Re: Re : Which Desktop OS Are You? IT Pro Personality Quiz
Sachin, Of course this was all tongue-in-cheek, but I think Chrome is pretty different from the Windows and OS X, esp the way it resets every time you reboot. To me, that's a security win. Thus the "post modern" comment. Thanks for reading!
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