Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jul 2006 12:07 UTC
Windows From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux. Eight years after launching Windows 98, Microsoft will finally wash its hands of updating and plugging security gaps in its ageing operating system. The software giant originally planned to pull the plug in January 2004 but decided to extend support because of the increasing threat from Linux.
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RE[2]: Linux = 1% / Win98 = 3%
by MollyC on Tue 11th Jul 2006 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Linux = 1% / Win98 = 3%"
MollyC
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2006-07-04

"Keep in mind that this has happened in roughly 1/2 the time microsoft has had to make a desktop and I would say Linux is on par or better than Microsoft in most every way minus hardware support."

You make it sound like Linux has seen more advancement than Windows. I'd say that the progress Windows made from Win3.0 to WinXP dwarfs the progress Linux made during the same time period. Meaning, the difference between XP and Win30 is much greater than the difference between today's Linux and that of the early 90's.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

I'd say that the progress Windows made from Win3.0 to WinXP dwarfs the progress Linux made during the same time period. Meaning, the difference between XP and Win30 is much greater than the difference between today's Linux and that of the early 90's.

I'd argue the opposite. In the early 90s Linux was unusable as a desktop, and did not fare much better as a server. Now its desktop experience is on par with Windows XP, and it will likely have Vista's features before the latter is released (I won't even talk about the server side).

If anything, I'd say that Linux has progressed much faster than Windows has.

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RE[3]: Linux = 1% / Win98 = 3%
by Gollum on Wed 12th Jul 2006 17:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Linux = 1% / Win98 = 3%"
Gollum Member since:
2006-05-05

MollyC wrote:
"I'd say that the progress Windows made from Win3.0 to WinXP dwarfs the progress Linux made during the same time period."

Most of the progress Windows made was from 3.x to Windows 95. The user interface of Windows 3.0/3.1 was a hopeless piece of crap. When Windows 95 arrived, its GUI actually reminded me somewhat of Solaris, which I used at work at that time.

Reliability, security and things like networking, USB support and file systems have improved since then, but the actual user interface has seen very little improvement since Windows 95. Windows 95 and 2000 look quite similar in this respect. XP and Vista introduced lots of useless eyecandy. Luckily one can still switch back to the classic theme and turn off annoyances like dynamically adapted menus.

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