[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Jul 17 07:14:46 PDT 2007
On 17 Jul 2007, at 2:22 pm, Gerry Creager wrote:
> Nope, NT4 was the end of the evolutionary peak. It's been downhill
> from there.
Actually, I vote earlier than that. NT 3.51 was a lot more stable.
Not having graphics drivers in the kernel being the main reason. I
used to run NT 3.51 quite happily on my 486 desktop that I had at the
time. It was actually faster than Windows 95 on the same machine, at
least for my purposes (writing my PhD thesis and a bit of Windows
programming). At one point, about 1996, I had five operating systems
on that machine - DOS, Windows 95, OS/2, Windows NT and Linux. Of
those, I spent most of my time in the last three. DOS and Windows 95
were just too painful. I used OS/2 for 16-bit Windows development,
Windows NT for 32-bit Windows development and my PhD work, and Linux
for everything else.
These days I just use a Mac for all my desktop/laptop stuff, and
Linux for everything else. :-)
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