About the Operating System Sucks-Rules-O-Meter
The Operating System
Sucks-Rules-0-Meter ran from 1998 to
2011, using the AltaVista search engine. AltaVista
has been shut down.
This operating system quality and approval metric is based on a
periodic AltaVista search
for each of several operating systems, directly followed by "sucks",
"rules", or "rocks".
We search for all operating system names exactly as shown
above, with the exceptions of Mac OS, Mac OS X,
and VMS. For Mac OS, we add the search results for the
incorrect but common spelling "MacOS". Because Mac OS X is sometimes
abbreviated to simply "OS X", the Mac OS X search is just for "OS
X" -- we have not found other instances of this term on the web,
so we can use it without confusion. For VMS, we add the results for
"OpenVMS". We do not search for any derogatory slang misspellings
of any operating system name.
Sucks-Rules-O-Meter technology is used in this report
for The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
(The views and conclusions contained in the document are those of the
author and should not be interpreted as representing the official
policies, either expressed or implied, of the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency or the U.S. Government.)
Robert P. Munafo has written a comparison of 1998 and 2000 data from this meter.
Please read The Operating System
Sucks-Rules-O-Meter FAQ before mailing us about this page.
This meter is no longer available as a GIF file because of the
Unisys patent issue. GIFs
suck anyway. Use PNGs.
Caution to Exuberant OS Advocates: Please don't risk your
site's good standing with AltaVista just to improve your operating
system's rating on this meter. When making "my OS rules, your OS sucks"
statements on your site, please note this warning, which used to appear on
AltaVista's "Adding a URL" page.