It's been established pretty clearly that all platforms are on topic here and that questions regarding recommendations are strictly off-topic for the OS StackExchange. My question is, would questions regarding which operating system to use be on-topic for Software Recommendation?
Obviously very poor, vague, and imprecise questions like "Is Windows better than Apple" are out, but what about questions like:
- What operating system should I use for < clearly defined purpose >?
- What operating system is best for developing in < specific language >?
- What operating system should I use if I have to work with < specific application >?
The reason this might be a controversial topic is the poor question I mentioned earlier; after all, most people seeking recommendations for an OS don't have the most precise definition of what they want.
The way I see it, these questions should be on topic if they are precise enough and offers enough concrete details regarding what the user hopes to accomplish. After all, an OS is really just an extremely complicated piece of software. Thoughts?