The operating system is the software that lets you interact with your PC. Windows dominates this space and is what we recommend for trading applications, although a few other options are out there if you need them.
The old stalwart OS, Windows has been around for 20+ years now, and with good reason. Sure, there were some bumps in the road (Windows ME, Windows 8) but Windows 10 really is everything we hoped it could be – fast, stable, and user friendly. For trading applications, the Home version of Windows 10 is all that’s really necessary, although the Pro version does offer some additional security and networking features that some users may find useful. For a full rundown of Windows 10 Home vs. Pro, check out this article from our Velocity Micro blog.
Whether it’s that familiar interface or software that only works with the older OS, some users may still feel the need to stick with Windows 7. Though we do recommend Windows 10 these days, 7 is still available in the Pro version. Do keep in mind, Microsoft will only be supporting Windows 7 through 2020, so an upgrade is ultimately unavoidable.
Linux is an open source operating system first developed as a free option for desktops that now is featured most prominently in budget laptops (Linux is the basis for Chrome OS), extreme data calculation workstations, and smartphones. It may seem enticing to shy away from Microsoft in favor of the Linux option, but lack of software compatibility and a less familiar interface tend to cause frustration for many users.