S.O = Windows or Lunix?
I'm currnetly running Win 95 and I want to upgrade to a more earlier operating system - so I'm looking for some information on the Pro & Con of the two(Windows 98/2000 & Lunix)systems?
I was told to stay away from the Lunix format, because it's not very dependable and there is hardly any competable software around for it (Like games,Word, Excell etc), and most of the stuff that made for Windows won't work will with Lunix.
Can any body provide any info?
Linux is an extremely stable operating system (not to mention inexpensive), but (in my opinion) is kind of a pain to learn. I tried it on an old machine for a little while, but got frustrated with it pretty quick and gave up. Its also true that software availability can be pretty limited. Improvements in the Linux system are coming along, but it will be a while before it is a legitimate operating system for the "casual" computer user.
Windows 98 is very similar to WIN95, with a few tweaks and improvements - so you should have no probelm with that.
I have no experience with WIN2000, but there's lots of people in this forum that swear by it.
Thanks ragtop: For your input I just thought that I get the load down on the two systems, is ME a better choice?
Just a personal opinion... ME is a prettier version of Win98. Granted from Win95 to WinME you will see improvement but not much from Win98 to WinME.
Personally I really like Linux, if you know how to search the web you can find any software you want and can usually find it for free (including the OS). It's not NEARLY as resource intensive as MS products and you're never forced to upgrade something if you dont' want to. Yes there is a learning curve but myself I tend to feel like a 2 year old using windows because it hides SO many technical details from the user and above that gives you no power to change anything.
It really depends on you. If you just want to play games, maybe type up a document ... you can stick with Windows and be happy.... but myself I like playing and learning and figuring out how things work... nothing to do that with in Windows.
As far as windows goes, nowadays if you are to upgrade DEPENDING on your machine and your preferences I'd say Win2000 I personall have had very bad luck with it, but most people seem to like it pretty well.
Read around the forums, there's a million different posts about the OS battle. It entirely depends on your preferences.
I've no experience with linux, and I am in no way OS knowledgable.
I would say that I know DOS very well, but thats not a great deal of use nowadays.
I have used W95, W98, ME, and W2k. Out of them all, I'm using W2k now. I find it excellent, and without doubt the most stable MSoft product. I didn't like ME at all, too many hangups, and too much instability. W98 ok, but only when everything is setup perfectly. W95, you already use, so you know yourself.
Just my opinion. In saying that, I'm going to setup linux on a small system to play with. I've heard more good things about it than bad. So I reckoned it's worth the effort.
All the best, Justy.
Edit: Just noticed another post that might give credit to my ME claims.
[This message has been edited by justy (edited 05-10-2001).]
I would add a little bit. w2k pro is rock solid. I have machines running w95, w98 and wME and linux mandrake 8.0. I dont have problems with any of them. I like L/M 8.0. It does a lot of things right out of the box, and like mentioned before has a steep learning curve if you want to get into the nuts and bolts of the O/S and make it do things that windows cant touch. Best plus of all it does not report home on your system components and provide some company information about you like the forthcomming new windows product or the old products if you ever use windoze update feature.
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