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Then why did XP get such bad press? | 397 comments | Create New Account
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Of course this is *relative* I have used Ubuntu for years :-)
Authored by: SilverWave on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 05:59 PM EST
Linux is much much safer.



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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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Thinking back you forget how much work keeping XP secure was
Authored by: SilverWave on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 06:19 PM EST
I would keep an image of a clean install + patches.

Each month or two I would restore back to this image, update with new patches
and save it again.

I was running ZoneAlarm and a AV.

I used Firefox to help protect XP from the Internet threats.

Heh Ubuntu was a little bit of a learning curve but I didnít have to go to such
ridiculous extremes :-)

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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Then why did XP get such bad press?
Authored by: Wol on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 03:56 AM EST
XP was a massive turkey when it first came out. XPsp1 was much better. XP was
probably as bad as Vista, if not worse!

But people got used to it - MS had nothing to replace it with. With Vista, I
guess 7 was in the works and got rushed.

Cheers,
Wol

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Uncertainty could turn Windows 8 into the next Vista - Paul Thurrott
Authored by: TerryC on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 01:27 PM EST
I don't think I would classify any version of Windows as 'good', 'just about
acceptable' maybe.

I've used every version since Windows 2, (which was actually unusable, but I
tried it all the same).

3.0 was usable,
3.1 a bit better (less UAEs),
95 OKish (eventually),
98 slightly more OK (eventually),
ME a disaster (a clean install on my Dell desktop resulted in a BSOD),
2000 even more OK (eventually),
XP just about acceptable (eventually),
Vista another disaster and never very usable,
7 OKish (but it was about then that Office got the 'Ribbon',
8 never used it and unlikely to.

Not a good record in my view.

BTW, I now only use Windows at work; I abandoned it at home during 2000 days
(and that was an 'OK' one).

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Just think; if Microsoft added 'You hereby grant us a license to print money' to
their EULA, it wouldn't change its meaning a bit.

Terry

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Uncertainty could turn Windows 8 into the next Vista - Paul Thurrott
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 11:23 AM EST
I seem to recall 98 having some serious issues, but 98SE wasn't too bad aside
from the constant OS crashing due to GPF thing that plagued all DOS-based
Windows.

Windows 2000 was basically the point at which they perfected the
"classic" interface, so of course they had to start throwing that out
and redesigning their look and feel constantly after that. :P

I'll grant that with service packs WinXP and Win7 seem to have a definite
stability edge over Win2K, but honestly I don't think there's ever been another
Windows version with a cleaner, saner UI than Win2K (though I did actually kind
of like some aspects of Win3.1...). I really hate trying to figure out where
system administration options are buried in Win7...

Of course, I'm supposedly not in the mainstream of UI consumers, since I'm still
a fan of KDE 3 and haven't found any "modern" DE I like (KDE 4 is
tolerable in the way that Win7 is tolerable...)

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