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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?

If you answered mostly:

A = Windows: You're popular with business colleagues, who find your lack of full-arm tattoos and multiple piercings comforting. You like mom, software patents, and apple pie. Not necessarily in that order.

B = You're OS X: You're reliable and well-liked by most business colleagues. It wasn't always that way, but since iOS hit, your stock has risen. You can be counted on to deliver hummus, fair-trade coffee, and back issues of Mother Jones to the Save the Orcas group camped out near your loft.

C = You're Linux: Independent and self-reliant, you're happiest crafting scripts or hacking together apps to get work done. However, you also think the NSA is always watching and have been known to miss work after a particularly wild night of cosplay. Business colleagues live in fear of you, and that's the way you like it.

If your answers were mixed, you're likely Chrome OS: Post-modern, you live in the cloud and think fat OSes are for suckers. Business users would be in awe of you -- if they ever met you, which they haven't. You travel light, evolve fast, and plan to live forever because you're untethered from the corporeal plane.

Thanks for taking our quiz. Now help us shape future OS coverage. Tell us in the comments section below what aspects of Windows 8.1 you are most interested in learning more about. Also, do we give enough space to your preferred OS?

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jries921
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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).

 
jries921
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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.

 
Kristin Burnham
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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).
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.
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. 
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....  :-)
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.
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
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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.
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."
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