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Sasha Jevtic
01/23/06 15:19
  01/23/06 15:25

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Barrington, Il

#108135 - Windows 98 is a sad excuse for an OS
Responding to: Jez Smith's previous message
Jez Smith said:
How many people have had this happen to them?
You refuse to upgrade to the latest and greatest operating windoze os because you dont want to be tied into the microsoft world domination plan only to be sent the latest software by your suppliers only to find that it only runs on windows NT or XP or windows 2000. I wouldnt mind but the only thing which is actualy almost making me consider moving to a different os is the fact that people keep sending software which wont run on my current setup not becaue the other os has any features that i want or would actualy use.
P.S don't tell anyone but I am still running windows 98 cos it does everything i need and i am still resisting moving to anything else.
There is always Linux I suppose but ive got better things to do with my time than get involved with that can of worms..

There is a reason that a lot of software only runs on Windows NT based systems (e.g., NT 4/2000/XP/2003) and not Windows 9x (e.g., 95/98/Me). Windows NT based systems actually have a significantly different architecture than their Windows 9x counterparts, which in terms of OS design, is archaic by most current standards (no memory protection, no security, etc.). Among the largest similarities betwen Windows 9x based systems and Windows NT based systems is probably their GUI.

I don't fully understand why people are so attached to Windows 9x. Maybe it's because some things were easier to code under Windows 9x (think: parallel port access). Maybe it's because Linux users find that Wine runs programs designed for Windows 9x better than it does those designed for Windows NT. Easier doesn't always mean better though, and the Windows 9x user experience reinforces this: lots of hanging/blue screens/unresponsiveness, frequent need to reinstall, even more frequent need to reboot, etc.

Windows 9x is a thing of the past. It's time to move on. I'm not a huge fan of MS trying to push upgrades as frequently as they do, but then again that's their business, so they have to do it if they want to make money. That said, I think Windows 2000 is still a perfectly competent OS and the fact that it runs almost all current software is quite respectable from a backwards compatibility standpoint (remember, it's been around for about 6 years now). Windows NT based systems do in fact bring a lot of great features to the table that make them a compelling upgrade, not the least of which are terminal services and active directory.

--Sasha Jevtic

List of 55 messages in thread
better software my bum!!!!      Jez Smith      01/22/06 15:15      
   Well, when i say windows 98      Jez Smith      01/22/06 15:20      
   Linux      Steve M. Taylor      01/22/06 15:40      
   Now there's an idea      Jez Smith      01/22/06 16:19      
      Not just look and feel      Steve M. Taylor      01/23/06 02:44      
   Windows 98 is a sad excuse for an OS      Sasha Jevtic      01/23/06 15:19      
      '98 is the last that will run true DOS.      Erik Malund      01/23/06 15:25      
         That old Chestnut      Andy Neil      01/23/06 16:19      
            We managed      Steve M. Taylor      01/23/06 16:37      
               Did, and still do      Joseph Hebert      01/24/06 08:56      
                  i have an old clunker running '98 sittin      Erik Malund      01/24/06 09:12      
                     Old Clunkers      Joseph Hebert      01/24/06 10:00      
                  not to start anything      Kevin Timm      01/24/06 10:02      
                     Not to finish anything either,      Joseph Hebert      01/24/06 11:58      
                        the missed issue      Erik Malund      01/24/06 12:09      
                        given      Kevin Timm      01/24/06 12:30      
                           When the missed issue had not bee      Erik Malund      01/24/06 12:55      
                              no, it was interjected      Kevin Timm      01/24/06 13:06      
                                 That may be, but who sent you Keil, Code      Erik Malund      01/24/06 13:11      
                                    really?      Kevin Timm      01/24/06 14:05      
                                       agreed, but what if "the tool" can not d      Erik Malund      01/25/06 08:05      
                                          Keil runs      Steve M. Taylor      01/25/06 11:08      
                                             oh, well, maybe bad example.      Erik Malund      01/25/06 11:25      
                                                Open software      Steve M. Taylor      01/25/06 11:35      
                                             uVision3 for ARM on Linux      Ian Bell      01/26/06 09:02      
                                                Nice      Steve M. Taylor      01/26/06 09:25      
                                                   Load Meter      Ian Bell      01/26/06 14:29      
                                                      WHAT      Erik Malund      01/26/06 14:46      
                                                         Not never      Steve M. Taylor      01/26/06 15:28      
                                                         Crashes      Ian Bell      01/27/06 04:13      
                                                      gkrellm      Andy Peters      01/26/06 17:12      
                     Reliability and manageability      Sasha Jevtic      01/24/06 13:59      
                        SECURITY is the issue.      Steve M. Taylor      01/24/06 14:34      
                           UNIX or Windows?      Sasha Jevtic      01/24/06 19:49      
                  Times change      Steve M. Taylor      01/24/06 12:57      
      Irony      Andy Neil      01/23/06 16:14      
         The Windows NT GUI      Sasha Jevtic      01/23/06 16:41      
      The point is      Jez Smith      01/23/06 23:59      
         Architectually ?      Steve M. Taylor      01/24/06 06:05      
         Lindows anyone?      Kalpak Dabir      01/24/06 07:40      
   Worms      Ian Bell      01/25/06 04:26      
      and the moon is made of ?      Erik Malund      01/25/06 06:09      
         Threats to Windows      Ian Bell      01/25/06 08:57      
      Special Linux apps        Jeff Post      01/26/06 09:40      
         con you put that in a post      Erik Malund      01/26/06 09:42      
            Too big      Steve M. Taylor      01/26/06 10:04      
         Special Linux Apps      Ian Bell      01/26/06 14:40      
            A small count OS will typically only hav      Erik Malund      01/26/06 14:49      
               Counting      Ian Bell      01/27/06 04:19      
            8052 simulator      Jeff Post      01/26/06 19:12      
               disassembler      Jan Waclawek      01/27/06 01:25      
                  Linux Disassembler      Ian Bell      01/27/06 04:22      
   what a kerfuffle :-)      Jez Smith      01/25/06 12:44      
   The Transfer is the worst      Neil Kurzman      01/27/06 00:06      
      Transfer      Steve M. Taylor      01/27/06 02:37      

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