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i've been playing with RH for a month now... and XP for just a bit longer... they both have ups and downs but out here we go for configurability. so for all the fancies in XP like themes and sounds, i have RHL equivalents and it came with a theme maker too. 1-0 RH.
The linux sound drivers died when i tried to install alsa, so i just reinstalled since it was full of garbage i didn't need anyway. i live, i learn. any windoze sound drivers are nice and automatic, when you happen to know that ensoniq audioPCI 64 and soundblaster 64 aren't the same driver sets. 1-1.
I finally figured out the quirks of mount, so i can see both WXP and W98SE, as well as the common partition, while in linux. I don't let XP see 98, and if 98 sees XP it might destroy itself, thank you GRUB!!! 2-1 RH.
WXP autodetects the whole cable modem thing, and the rest is history. linux needed rrlogind, which is cool, RPM's kick arse. Same capabilties, No score.
I gotta help my dude carry wood. to be cont'd......
Well, nearly same capab's. I'm mainly going by headache intensity, and WXP DID give us network hell... i was so afraid, i didn't even TRY to do a basic WXP2RHL network. the other WXP might not have handled this one's THIRD boot as well as its second, w98. and i'm a newbie.
XP made me mad once, when it had 512 MB ram and a 180MB designated swapfile and ran like it was on a 133 instead of 1.1GHz cpu. THAT was stupid... it recommends 765MB and i give it a nice even 768, maximum 1024 on the drive. THEN it speeds up. It uses the pagefile and leaves 350MB free in ram. It's slower than it needs to be. every time i check the ram in linux, it's using a chunk of ram and no swap. i've never seen it use swap, probably becasue i never check it when gimp is up, but that's what i like. unused ram is like uninstalled ram, until things get to running, which is rare. 3-1 RH.
the installers were about the same caliber, but i liked the options handed me by the RH prog better than the casual automation required by the XP prog. 4-1 RH.
XP lets nothing critical be altered, assuming we all are little kids. it reminds me of my mom's old MacOS 7.5.5, which won't even let system files open-- let alone be renamed/edited/deleted/moved. Stupid. Safe, but stupid. I'm not too stupid, but M$ didn't know or care. 5-1 RH.
Redhat can do everything windows can. it autodetected and configured my monitor, my network, my sound, and enough of everything else to make it as easy as running windows, but a bit more foreign. 6-1 RH.
I have a challenge here, when XP gets boring and there's nothing to poke around in. I LIKE the fact that it will take learning and studying and that old-fashioned stuff. I like the installshield wizards when i want something to work in a hurry, but there's no satisfaction to be had for getting something without any effort. RH 7-1.
This comparison just got boring. I'd rather go about describing adjacent experiences with W9x, since they run practically everything ever written for win32. But that's old news, i guess... XP is okay, if you want XP. ME might be better. RHL is a different breed, but when you compare nuts to nuts and bolts to bolts, XP is a crash monster that **might** even run your favorite game from w95. Or it'll give you the usual, replacing the close/ignore prompt with a report/don't report prompt that **might** help M$ fix it. Too much hype = big letdown.