View Full Version : Your OS of choice?
03-29-2002, 04:55 AM
I figured now I'd just post a poll wondering what your OS of choice was...
If you will also post why (like in the browser thread I started too). ;)
I myself prefer Win2k just because I've had less stability issues with it, as well as performance issues...than with WinXP. I *like* WinXP, don't get me wrong...it's just so preeeeeety. BUT of course the skin comes at a price, considering it eats RAM like a mofo. I've had problems with games with XP, namely OpenGL stuff. I'm working on clean installing everything on my secondary computer (a Presario custom build Best Buy job, P3 866 with 384 megs of RAM and a 32 meg AGP TNT2) and I've got XP on there now but I'm wondering if I'll leave it on there or fdisk reformat and put Win2k on there instead.
03-29-2002, 05:04 AM
why all windows os's?
i prefer linux...
however, my primary box at home is a win2k box. best job i ever had...web admin at the university of pittsburgh...administering a series of linux boxes...aww yeah.
but as for windows os's...gotta go with 2k, all the netowrking skills of NT, with the frills of 98/xp
03-29-2002, 08:54 AM
I like Win2K too but currently I'm running WinXP! I'm thinking about dual boot (either Win2K & WinXP or Win2K & Win98SE)!
03-29-2002, 09:30 AM
With good hardware drivers and a handful of service and other admin tweaks-runs faster than any other OS I've used-including WinXP (Windows with *X*tra *P*oop included)
Also, many people don't know that you can run games in Win2000 using Win95 and Win98 profiles just by using a shortcut to the executable-the same thing that WinXP profile wizard does.
03-29-2002, 09:53 AM
I have 3 boxes. one has windows xp because well, all the cool games out there are for windows. I use my linux box mostly for programming. and my server is win2k server, but i'll be switching that to linux soon.
03-29-2002, 11:00 AM
As the self-proclaimed GUI expert here let me correct you. The skin in XP does not come as a price. In prior releases of windows, the GUI was run from a fixed amount of memory, something ridiculously small like 12k or something. So if you tried to skin 98 or 2000 you were horribly lagged at times, because it was using all that 12k and was having to swap to the harddrive.
XP however, puts no limits on GUI memory use and therefore assuming your computer has 1 meg of ram free you can run even the most complicated of skins with ease. Also, the Luna GUI of windows isnt a skin actually, its a shellstyle and interacts directly with the OS so it doesnt lag the system anymore than regular windows gui lags 2k or 98.
03-29-2002, 12:11 PM
XP & 98 fer me :D
And I am gonna try to get Solaris
and I wanna play with Linux as well
03-29-2002, 04:55 PM
WinXP seems to be the best OS Microsoft has churned out.. Now if only it worked properly with my system.. :angry: I enjoy the fast bootup, etc.
03-29-2002, 05:07 PM
Needed to run my Domain and Exchange Server.
03-29-2002, 05:45 PM
Linux for every day surfing, working, and tinkering.
But my system dual boots to Win2K so I can play the occasional game, or use the synch software for my PDA.
Linux is where I spend the majority of my time, though.
XP on my main box, and Red Hat 7.1 on my little server. Tomorrow I'm going to play with a few different Linux distros on my main box. I'd like to me mostly M$-free in a few months.
03-30-2002, 02:04 AM
Sorry to all the Linux users out there...I know nothing about it (much like my browser poll where I mention knowing nothing about Opera either)...I also don't know anything about BeOS either. I DO know about Mac OS, but then again I think for the most part (not trying to be anti-Mac or anything) that at least 98% of all the internet users I see are on PCs at one point or another. That's not saying there's a chance that half of you own Macs or something, I'm just sayin'...;)
As for mentioning Win 3.1...good god man are you delirious? I was SHAMED even mentioning 95. <shivers>
I work at Kinkos as a Document Creation Consultant (ie I'm paid half what a graphic designer does, but I do the same work). We work on both Dell GX110 P3 933 systems as well as dual processor PowerMac G4's. RAM counts...I think the Dells have 256 megs of RAM and the G4's are either 196 or 256. Regretfully, Kinkos corporate isn't too KEEN on purchasing NEW liscenses to software, and/or new software/OS's, so we're stuck on OLD stuff. The PCs run Win95B, and crash ALL THE FRICKIN TIME. Makes my job a living hell. Not to mention the fact that they have internal Zip 250 drives, and 99.5% of our customers (and us employees) use Zip 100 disks, which is ANOTHER reason the computers crash every five minutes. (The Macs, thank god, have external USB Zip 100 drives which NEVER fail.) The Macs have System 9. I don't like it myself, but it's damn sure more stable than Win95 so I wind up using Macs if I can for that reason. ;) Our other stuff is your basic design apps, just OLD - PageMaker 6.5, Photoshop 5.5, Illustrator 8 or 9 (can't remember which), QuarkXPress 4.1 (god I hate Quark), Office 2000, Netscape 4.7 (EWW), IE 5.5 on the PCs and IE 4.0 on the Macs (good god it's old)...that's about the gist of the ones worth mentioning. The GOOD news is that a new bundle is coming out within the next few weeks (I think most Kinkos branches on the east and west coast already have it, it's us in the middle of the country ie MO that are still laggin' behind) that has Windows 2000. Hey, they actually sprung for a NEW OS!!! Apparently it's also a dual-OS disc that also has Mac format, and I'm HOPING it's OS X which I hear is godly. (Never used OS X before tho...)
What's funny is that I work for a billion dollar company and me, just little ol' me, advanced computer user with just two computers...I have more updated software than a billion dollar company. :heh: Then again, I get 5 finger discounts on my computer software if you know what I mean...:D
Anyway, off of my work/PC spite and back to the thread at hand...
Also thanks to Cantacuzene for mentioning the GUI/RAM issue I was mistaken on. I've seen *countless* articles where people/editors and even writers have blamed XP's RAM hogging behavior on the GUI. I will admit that when using XP and using either the XP look or the "Classic" look (ie gray bars, menus etc) there is no speed increase/decrease and I wouldn't think (after reading what Cantacuzene mentioned) that there'd be a RAM increase/decrease either. I guess that's just an oversight by many people including me. :P
03-30-2002, 02:10 AM
Originally posted by chosenfool
actually in the world of PCs im VERY VERY new - i didnt pick up a computer til win98 came out. Yep, im a newbie! :) I am in the same boat you are in that way
03-31-2002, 11:58 PM
OS X . . . but 2k & XP are ok.
04-01-2002, 12:26 AM
For my main computer use, I use WinXP. If I need a gateway or server, I'll use Linux. I've used Windows since version 1.01 in 1985. Installing Windows from floppies wasn't fun, especially if you found out you had a bad disk part way through the installation.
04-02-2002, 08:12 AM
Mostly Win2k. I think XP's OK, but I haven't found anything I can do with XP that I can't do with 2000. I've been playing with FreeBSD a bit at work when I have the time.
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