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Old 06-21-2007, 01:35 AM   #61
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I switched from Windows to Linux not for any anti-MS sentiment but because I wanted to see if I could use "something else" like the good old amiga days when there was other OSes in real common home use. Wasn't so keen on Mac and wondered if I could give Linux a go to do everything.

Of course, it can't do everything in the same way that not every motorist can do everthing with their car unless they are prepared to be a mechanic... which is what I have been from time to time and I'm happy enough.

And for games, well... I have to keep my dual boot around to get to XP to play Farcry and the like. My Linux aint for that in the forseeable future.

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Old 06-21-2007, 03:57 AM   #62
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linux is my windows ... ^_^


//why the hell is it so difficult ... ^_^


[BTW ::] same goes to bsd too ... as for solaris ... i donno , my case was still stolen ...

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Old 06-26-2007, 11:59 AM   #63
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It was nice enough graphical, and had nice system requirements. Plus it had a good DOS compatibility.
Never had BSOD's? win9x/ME/Vista is all crap. Windows 3.1 was the best Windows ever. I _never_ had a single problem with that OS.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #64
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I still shudder and have an anxiety attack just thinking about WinME...I'm going to need therapy because of that OS. I used to get so frustrated and angry...want to smash the computer...or launch it with a catapult...or burn it alive...or...or...or...
 
Old 06-26-2007, 01:11 PM   #65
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Never had BSOD's? win9x/ME/Vista is all crap. Windows 3.1 was the best Windows ever. I _never_ had a single problem with that OS.
I had BSODS on all versions I've been using. I've been developing DX8 apps on Win98 and I don't think that Win3.1 is sutiable for that. I also doubt that it had OpenGL support.

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:13 PM   #66
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come to think about it ... win3 is just files in a directory ... very much like linux with a certain kind of primitive x ... ^_^


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Old 06-26-2007, 01:42 PM   #67
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I had BSODS on all versions I've been using. I've been developing DX8 apps on Win98 and I don't think that Win3.1 is sutiable for that. I also doubt that it had OpenGL support.
One sneaky thing Microsoft did, starting with Win2K I believe, is to reboot automatically by default when something bad happens instead of showing the BSOD.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 02:02 PM   #68
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One sneaky thing Microsoft did, starting with Win2K I believe, is to reboot automatically by default when something bad happens instead of showing the BSOD.
No, I had BSODS on WinXP too.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 03:25 PM   #69
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No, I had BSODS on WinXP too.
Wow, you must have pounded it REALLY hard!
 
Old 06-26-2007, 04:04 PM   #70
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Wow, you must have pounded it REALLY hard!
I've seen XP SP2 BSOD on a SATA driver failure...can't pound *much* harder than that haha.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 04:06 PM   #71
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Wow, you must have pounded it REALLY hard!
No, I just installed Virtual CD 4 during the first day of using WinXP. It kept sending WinXP (because it registred itself in autorun) into a BSOD on startup (IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or something), until I've found that pressing F8 during boot time will bring a menu where I can choose "safe mode" so I was finally able to remove Virtual CD from system. Also, ATI drivers caused BSODS randomly, though it was rare. I never had a BSOD on Win2K but I've been using it only for 2 or 3 days - just to see what it looks like.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 04:55 PM   #72
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I've been using Linux only for over two years. I'm the only Unix/Linux guru in my company, the rest of the guys are all MCSE's, about half a dozen of them. I laugh everytime I see them setting up a server and it blue-screens; I always find it hilariuous all the debuggin information in the blue screen and that the only thing you can do is restart. Windroids are always pesimistic about Linux and during server blue screen moments I boast about how I once ran a Linux database server for 640 days until I had to open it to dust it. It's acceptable for a Windows server to be restarted every month - that sucks. I still left Windows on my dual-boot laptop at home for my wife, she's picky and gets paranoid when using Gnome. Hey, you know why they call it Restart? Because the overused Reboot.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 09:23 PM   #73
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98? DOS with a shell?
While a nice GUI (Windows included) does give you a way to easily use your applications, and provides more functionality (some needed, some not), I like to think of the old days of DOS (3.1, 3.2, 5.0, 6.0). It wasn't multi-user, or multitasking, but it was simple and sleek. A relatively short instruction set gave me access to everything I needed in those days, and there wasn't nearly as much worry about file system or OS corruption as there is today. I still have an archive of old DOS games, which I now love to play in DOSBox.

What I would give to still have a copy of DOS 6.22 lying around ...
 
Old 06-26-2007, 09:34 PM   #74
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Never had BSOD's? win9x/ME/Vista is all crap. Windows 3.1 was the best Windows ever. I _never_ had a single problem with that OS.
I can't say I had your good experiences with Win3.1, but it wasn't too bad, considering it was Microsoft's first attempt (well, maybe 2nd) at a multitasking system. It was configured with INI files instead of the registry, so it was relatively easy to debug the config. With the registry, if it corrupts it's time to reinstall.

From there, in my IT experience, Windows got better with 95, 98, 98SE, Win2K. But it stops there, and notice I didn't include WinME. Win2K felt robust and stable enough to trust relatively well, without all the fluff. But MS started to add more of the fluff and bloat to make XP, and has started going downhill again.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 01:24 AM   #75
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Windows got better with 95, 98, 98SE, Win2K. But it stops there, and notice I didn't include WinME. Win2K felt robust and stable enough to trust relatively well, without all the fluff. But MS started to add more of the fluff and bloat to make XP, and has started going downhill again.
I agree. Windows has seemingly approached a peak sometime during the Win98/Win2k region. Perhaps the old code was coming into it's own (before M$ nuked it with that joke of an OS they called ME...anyone find it odd they canned the entire line after WinME?), and the new code had just hit it's stride.

I've started to tolerate XP SP2, but I still prefer Win2k anyday.
 
  


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