|win system thermodynamics|
Message #3 Posted by glynn on 16 May 2003, 11:04 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Bill Platt
Oh, yes. I am indeed aware of the degradation over time of a windows installation. I am on maybe my eighth reload of W98se. This is a great improvement of reliability over W95, though.
Microsoft wants, of course, to sell me on the improved reliability of XP. But each and every time they come out with a new system, I go through the "new needs" syndrome: I must buy a new printer, because my old one is no longer supported. I must buy a faster processor and more memory, in order for it to run. I must give up on the motherboard that still had that one EISA slot, because none of the new processors will fit the old board, and the new boards don't have EISA. The $600 EISA DAC board, thus, must go-- and the new PCI-based boards are only $600 to do the same thing.
I estimate that my cost of going "current" is NOT the $150 or so for the OS; it is four to five times that, and I would spend considerable time getting it all "right".
Are my experiences unusual, or am I alone there? I dunno. All I have heard of XP has left me underwhelmed when not dismayed.
Apparently, it IS somewhat more reliable, when the installation has gone right. But that does not mean it will not suffer "degradation" and get progressively flakier over time, just like its predecessors.
Go Linux? Possibiity-- except Linux, as yet, hasn't got all the applications I want, or drivers for the devices I want.
And now I see SCO is suing or threatening to sue, over what they claim is pieces of ATT Unix code in the Linux kernel. So the Linux community may well be held hostage to a court battle over whether some who participated in Linux development should have been ALLOWED to.
(note that, if SCO *REALLY* wanted Unix and Linux to coexist, they would have HELPED replace whatever offends them in the kernel-- or given the opportunity for the Linux community to do so. They're not protecting the sanctity of intellectual property for U and Me... Litigation means they want the licensing of Linux and royalties. That's ALL it means.)
Oh well. Yeah, I'll probably go through reload hell again, see if Acrobat works afterward. Wish me luck.