|DOS||now there was an operating system. Except technically it wasn't even that. Desqview and Qdos multi-taskers aside, anyway. But it never, ever crashed. I could put a small database system on a boot floppy and dedicate an old machine to a useful purpose. It only had an add-on version of Windows with a handful of programs and couldn't use memory effectively. Still, I managed to desktop-publish some magazines on that setup.|
|win 3.11||superfast (try it in a VM), long dead, not so stable, fossil, nice program manager - kde4 is now nearly as good - no other desktop OS seems to be able to touch it, gamers whined it did not have enough performance compared to their DOS games and it would never replace it.|
|win 95||not quite as fast, still rocket powered, more stable but not very, supports last important update to office - 97 version, crashes if share lots of tiny files, like on my renderfarm of 386 & 486s can't run on modern hardware|
|win NT 3.5||solid, stable desktop and workgroup server|
|win NT 4||crashy, drive killer, better for games - err wot? the start of the rot - we suffer stability issues to this day!|
|win 98||crashy, dead, loads of win-only devices use kde 3.5 or xubuntu instead|
|win 2000||lean. mean, stable-ish, dead on the desktop (not server) killed win-only devices, room full of dead ones|
|win xp||pop ups everywhere - scary & loses focus |
delays on menus and right clicks,
constant billg time - no one knows what the machine is doing
the current Windows of the masses - but it is on death row
introduced teletubbies interface, techies always switch it right off
|win vista||unwanted, unloved,
64 bit version has little software - even if it says vista on the disk, it means vista32 only
32 bit reduced hardware support - where did my 8GB ram go?
even more interface crap, normally switched straight off to classic mode
intel chipset util does not support it
right click to search - where did it go - a tiny icon hidden in gray colours in the corner, show desktop became a tiny unmarked button in another corner,
in fact where did loads of things get moved to in menus and the control panel? why?
UAC out of control
|win 7||install fails on raid driver, |
first thing fan sites post is a classic theme, how important is aero exactly?
not likely to overtake XP any year soon
not even likely to overtake Linux on netbooks - crippled netbook version
|Too fiddly||even if you have a 32" screen every file operation is through a tiny slot sized dialog box - it's like looking at a phone book through a letter box when you have more than a dozen files. In the later OSs you might be allowed to resize some of them manually, but there is no maximise button or remembered settings.|
|So much for the GUI||everything you need to do to fix a windows problem involves long hexadecimal strings in regedit and harsh scare stories of what happens if you don't back it up properly first.
The home versions insist on regedit to change lots of things, only business versions get GUIs for it even though they can automate these changes from a central server instead. No wonder people are scared of the command line if this is how the GUI looks to them.
Not that any modern system needs the command line for anything but speed for experts - I have been using YaST for over a decade. So why do most sites show commands in web support pages - cut and paste them in - they are effectively scripts with no clicky scrolly nonsense!
The registry is a really bad idea putting the whole of the systems eggs in one basket. The old conf/ini files were great for backing up, and had modular access - you cant screw the whole system from the apache config, and you get cut and paste support again.
|Windows is totally dependent on 3rd party security||there is nothing inherent except insecurity - in the early 90s we laughed at jokes about people getting viruses from a word processor document, then billg made it happen. Then he added the same ability to emails, then fonts, then printer queues, then ActiveX so now the hacker doesn't even need to spread a virus, you go to his website to get it!|
|Utilities are mostly 3rd party and expensive||except where Microsoft releases one free to crush a competitor. Internet explorer was released just to crush netscape, and has had hardly any work done to it since.|
|Patents and threats on any and every piece of junk||who wants to pay for the obsolete FAT on a camera, just because those cute Microsoft guys managed to hide it in the standard specifications? What did any user ever gain from that?|
|Windows server - expensive, unreliable||I had a client who defended it saying he had literally 2000 of them that never gave him any trouble. Of course they were deliberately rebooted every week, of course they were kept at low load levels, that's why there were 2000 of them. He was happy, because that is a job for life for him and another couple of techies, just running round fixing failed hard disks and reinstalling. Hmm, wouldn't like to have to fit a service pack to them though ... So, maybe the TCO of a Windows server is comparable to a Linux one, but how many more servers do you need to do the same job with Windows? Set up an exchange server for email and another one for webmail and another one and another one all doing small parts of the same job, all at high server license rates, then throw in the client access licenses.|
|Gnome||a bit Mac-y for me, firmly for less technical users|
|KDE3.5||the pinnacle of what a windows user wants from a desktop, speed, stability, features like opening up any kind of connection inside the equivalent of explorer - drag and drop from a camera to a windows share to a secure server|
|KDE4||literally a backward step because it still hasn't been finished, an attempt to look and act more like Vista / OS X|
|Mac OS||OK but deliberately simplified, nice fast boot, most shortcut keys don't work, need mouse for everything, less security and support than needed for serious server usage|
|Fedora||quick turnover and subsequent loss of support, cutting edge technology, small package repos|
|Kubuntu||kubuntu better for windows users, ubuntu more mac-like, good support and momentum, lots of repos|
|Puppy etc.||lots of small distros to do netbook / appliance like computing on tiny drives and slow processors|
|openSUSE||good all rounder, supports server, desktop, media codecs (not off the disk, but then most windows can't either) well finished in the main, loses only in its association with Novell, lots of repos|
|Redhat||only interested in servers, playing catch up with the desktop|
|Xubuntu||simple classic mode windows with a few improvements and good speed|
|Xandros (EeePC netbook OS)||OK but deliberately simplified, nice fast boot, most things hidden even if installed|
|Live CDs||one hell of a rescue package, also try out with no install, one click install if you like it|