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I visit websites from a server. Call it a quirk of unusual hardware that has forced this particular choice of software.
For my primary daily-driver workstation (my heavy lifter is a different story) I have a server-class dual-processor Xeon 603/604 motherboard, but it can only take two 32-bit hyperthreaded Xeon processors for a total of 4 “cores” (the Intel chipset has the 1MB L3 cache limit for processors). Let me be clear: It CANNOT take 64-bit Xeon processors, due to chipset limitations. On the other hand, it can take up to 12GB of memory (6×2GB PC3200 ECC Reg RAM), and I’ve actually installed that.
XP can only see up to 3.5GB at the most, but Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition can see up to 16GB of RAM. Ergo, I have Win2k3r2 installed so that I can make use of the full amount of RAM.
The big bonus is that Win2k3r2 is the first Windows O/S that has been able to successfully handle my ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP video card in dual-head (2 monitor) mode through a 4-port, 2-head KVM without blowing its cookies every time it tries to install the driver. No other version of Windows to date has been able to handle that video setup successfully, especially after changing KVM channels or switching back after a Remote Desktop session. As such, I am ***VERY*** pleased with its performance to date.
And yes, this is my “daily driver” workstation. I clock in at least five hours of surfing a day on this unit, including OSNews.com.