When you’re choosing a point-of-sales system for your business there are many considerations that you have to ponder upon.
“Windows is the king, there is nothing simpler than that – No, wait a minute, go for Linux, it has some of the best features” – If these are the voices you’re hearing in your head, you’re just at the right place.
In this article, we will tell you all about operating systems, which one is the best for you and bust some of the myths about them.
Windows, Linux, macOS, etc are all types of operating systems. When it comes to choosing one for your POS, everyone, from your employees at the store – to the software salesperson will have different opinions. This is where it becomes a little complicated, especially if you’re not the techy sort.
Operating System Defined:
Any computer equipment consists of two main portions; the software and the hardware. An operating system is a mediator between a machine’s hardware and software applications. It helps your software communicate with the hardware and vice versa. Without an operating system, your computer is nothing, but just a box.
Okay, the above was for starters; let’s’ quickly get down to the marketing hype of operating systems.
There is a thing called OS (operating system) Wars, where manufacturers and users are continuously trying to prove their platform superior. Let’s face the truth – Various operating systems might have a different look but they offer more or less, same functionality packed in a different technology. A software developer may find a particular OS more helpful with his coding preferences and all, but we’re not developers.
We don’t mean that choice of operating system is something that should be ignored altogether. We believe that you should choose an OS that compliments your needs.
Here is a brief overview of what different operating systems are good (and not so good) at;
Windows is by far the most commonly used operating system in the retail business. According to a research, more than 70% of the computers worldwide run on Windows. It offers an easy-to-use user interface and supports all types of software.
Talking about the downside, Windows is not considered as the most stable systems out there. It is vulnerable to viruses and security threats, but that’s the world we live in. Having said that, Windows can be very powerful and stable when used properly in tendon with anti-viruses.
Computer geeks around the world love Linux because of its amazing stability, open source environment, and low cost. This OS, however, doesn’t work well with many third party applications. One of the biggest drawbacks of using Linux as your OS is the fact that not many technicians know how to use it. This means higer maintenance cost!
macOS is another platform known for its power features and stability. This platform is famous amongst the techies and designers. macOS operating system is built to run only on Apple machines, which are comparatively costlier than a normal computer system.
If you’re choosing macOS as your OS, you might have to face difficulties with 3rd party applications and scarce troubleshooting support.
The Bottom Line:
Every OS is good, it all depend upon your needs. No matter what’s your choice – Vladster has an ultimate solution for you. Our IncoPOS is bound to deliver high quality for all your POS needs and that too on every major platform; Windows, Linux or macOS!