Best Operating System for Beginner Programmers?

As a newbie programmer, you will be faced with a number of decisions regarding your chosen career (or passion) path. In particular, you will need to focus on the tools you require to begin your journey, hone your skills, and eventually become an experienced programmer.

Now, once you have the right laptop in hand, your next step would be to select an operating system. Since many of the OS available are typically geared towards more qualified programmers, this can be a bit of a tough choice. To make it easier for you, here are some of the OS suitable for someone with your skill level:

Linux OS

There are quite a few reasons why Linux is considered to be one of the best operating systems, generally. However, it is also a good option if you are only just starting out. For one thing, it is free, so if you aren’t quite sure about your future as a programmer, you don’t have to make any investment at all. Also, apart from the fact that it is simple to set up, you will find that you can tinker freely, as you will have access to the source code for most aspects of the OS. There is also a number of different applications to select from and the OS supports most programming languages. As you can see, it really is a great operating system to get started with.

Mac OS

Well, to be more specific it is actually Mac OS X that is taking the programming world by storm. Now, there is no denying that if you are a new programmer, then buying a pricey Apple computer may not seem like a great idea. However, the chance to use the Mac OS X system will really change your mind. One of the main features of this operating system that it is user-friendly, which makes it suitable for someone who is only just starting out. The real draw of this operating system, though, is that it is a fully featured Unix OS. The benefit of this is that you can run programs in practically any language. More importantly, however, it provides you with a useful foundation on how to work a Unix system which will become beneficial later on.


Ubuntu actually edges out the more popular Windows OS as a better operating system for beginners. Now, there are obvious reasons for this like the fact that all versions of Ubuntu are free, easily downloadable, and are simple to install. Where this OS really shines, nevertheless, is with customization. You can customize the operating system as you wish, even if you aren’t a very skilled programmer. It is also a breeze to save any of the changes you have made.

So, these are the operating systems you should turn to if you are only just getting started with programming. With these tools in hand, you are sure to take to programming a lot quicker and probably enjoy the learning process more as well!

This post is contributed by Ollie Mercer. Ollie Mercer has a love of all things gadget and tech-related and now shares this passion with his readers. He spends a great deal of time researching and investigating the latest trends to stay on top of what’s going on. When he isn’t working, he can be found playing video games.

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