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During my absence I have been busy playing lots of computer games in winME. Most of my games are dodgy and i'll leave it at that. But, when winME started to crash on loading up the games I decided enough was enough and a friend of mine 'sold' me his win2000 disk.
I was impressed with how the installation started, being able to partition during the install and not use fdisk, what an innovation! Anyway, things were good until I had actually loaded up the the OS and found that my sound wouldn't work, couldn't print, graphics card was running 8 bit and the modem would intermittently disconnect.
Does this sound familiar? Windoze has the same problems as Linux!! Shock! And do you know what, I have found using the new OS harder to use that Linux! Maybe because I dont try to look inside it as I do with Linux or maybe because I don't like it...not sure which.
The point is that I have now changed my attitude towards windoze. There was a time when I used it for everything, even loved it, but I have changed and our relationship has moved on. It just doesn't do anything for me anymore.
I hope that there are others out there who are the same and feel that they are separating from winOS.
And BTW, my 'dodgy' games wont work at all now! Maybe I'll try win95...
ok here is my 2000 story.
i had 98 on one of my machines, it was going great, about 5 months without one hiccup, no crashes... i was amazed. then one day, i bootup, its starts crashing. i get it working and now netscape starts crashing, freezing... the machine, then when on the internet, it starts freezing. i tried everything to tweak... so i said forget it, i will try my free 2000 burned disc i acquired a long time ago, previously i installed it, didn't like it, reinstalled win98 back after 15 minutes.
ok, 2000 install goes great. but as soon as i get everything going, my sound doesn't work. i install updated drivers, it works, cd sounds great, but anything else crackles. pisses me off, i even try to record and create some mp3's, doesn't pick up the sound or anything. so i live with it, cause everything else is great. then it won't shut down, i can't logoff, i can't do anything to shutdown or restart the machine except a cold reboot. this really pisses me off. then i tweak around, messed with some settings, didn't really change a thing, it quits doing it, and i can start shutting down and whatever.. ok, it works now for some reason.
ok, i start getting apps loaded, and whatever i need and want on the machine. everything seemed to run great until i run more than a few programs. this is on a 800 mhz machine, with 512 megs of ram... it shouldn't take a couple of seconds for a minimized window, especially the cd player to load. so now after having it on for a couple of weeks, i am reinstalling win98 on this machine cause it works so much faster.. not to say i am on dialup, my connections sucked sorely while in 2000... don't know about that, it seemed to work so much faster with 98se... so i am sticking with that for my windows machine...
Tried w2k breifly once, but I really didn't like me (or is that the other way around?). It was a while ago on my old PII-333 with 192Mb RAM. Installed PaintShopPro and tried to a couple of images - fairly large (about 1280x????) JPEG files originally from a digital camera - from a CD I'd burnt ages ago. Bloody thing couldn't cope - it ran out of RAM within a few seconds, and then started to increase the size of my swap file - it finally loaded them, but I then had a swap file of about 1.5Gb, and considering I only had a 6Gb HDD which was fairly full as it was, this seemed a trifle silly. I couldn't edit the files (the 'undo' function takes up quite a bit of space in the c:\windows\temp directory) so I got rid of it (w2k that is).
Since getting my nice shiny new computer (oooh, I like it, I like it much - good toy!) and having played with Linux for a while now, I find that I actually don't use Win for much (except the odd LAN U/Real Tournament whipping) anymore. I haven't even installed Office into Win yet. On my 40Gb HDD it only takes up about 1Gb. Linux, however, has about 13Gb dedicated to it. Grantedly I do have a 20Gb vfat partition for MP3s, but on the odd occasion that I'm in Windows, I do like to play some music, and I wouldn't be able to do so if it was an ext2 partition.
My relationship has definetely changed. I do spend quite a lot of time in WinNT4 at uni, but most of that is searching for Lin stuff to take home on ZIP and play with (yeah, I know I should be doing coursework and what-have-you, but that's so boring).
I have heard some good things about WinXP, but they were from a Windows enthusiat anyway, so I'll be taking his comments with a fairly large pinch of salt.