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Poll Results: What is your favourite OS?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 2% of voters (8)
    Windows 3.1
  • 1% of voters (6)
    Windows 95
  • 2% of voters (10)
    Windows 98
  • 2% of voters (7)
    Windows 2000
  • 1% of voters (4)
    Windows ME
  • 11% of voters (40)
    Windows XP
  • 4% of voters (14)
    Windows Vista
  • 53% of voters (181)
    Windows 7
  • 8% of voters (30)
    Windows 8
  • 4% of voters (16)
    Mac OS X
  • 8% of voters (30)
    Linux Mint / Ubuntu
  • 5% of voters (17)
    Arch Linux
  • 0% of voters (3)
    SUSE Linux
  • 0% of voters (1)
    Puppy Linux
  • 0% of voters (2)
    Fedora
  • 3% of voters (13)
    Other Linux Distribution (Please specify in post)
  • 3% of voters (13)
    Other OS (Please specify in post)
340 Total Votes  
post #61 of 173
Windows 3.1 !! Go DOS!

How you could not remember such awesome games as "Sink Sub" or "Snake"?
I don't remember if "Wing Commander" was 3.1 or 95...

"Space Invaders" may have been a 3.1 title too.

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post #62 of 173
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

Windows 3.1 !! Go DOS!
How you could not remember such awesome games as "Sink Sub" or "Snake"?
I don't remember if "Wing Commander" was 3.1 or 95...
"Space Invaders" may have been a 3.1 title too.
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I hear Windows 3.1 could max out Crysis at 2560x1600? redface.gif
 
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post #63 of 173
Windows 3.1x (1992) - Good
Windows 95 (1995) - Mixed bag, at the beginning it sucked
Windows 98 (1998) - Good
Windows ME (2000) - Sucked (hard)
Windows XP (2001) - Good
Windows Vista (2006) - Sucked although not as hard as ME
Windows 7 (2009) - Good
Windows 8 (2012?) - Sucks HARD
post #64 of 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frankrizzo View Post

Windows 3.1x (1992) - Good
Windows 95 (1995) - Mixed bag, at the beginning it sucked
Windows 98 (1998) - Good
Windows ME (2000) - Sucked (hard)
Windows XP (2001) - Good
Windows Vista (2006) - Sucked although not as hard as ME
Windows 7 (2009) - Good
Windows 8 (2012?) - Sucks HARD

You have a very odd view on past OSs. Win2000 was by far the most stable Windows release for the desktop - so much so that I could only ever generate ~5 BSODs in the ~5 years I ran it (and some of those were due to me hacking undocumented Win32 APIs). Win2k really was a massively overlooked yet fantastic OS - and even better when compared to the competition at that time (Linux still required kernel recompiles just to get graphics drivers running and Mac OS 9 required more frequent rebuilds than Win98 (thank god Apple made the rebuild easy!). BeOS was the only real competition (in terms of platform technology) but BeOS would never have the application support Windows.

And Win3.x was easily one of the worst GUI environments around in the 90s. If it wasn't for Microsoft partnering with IBM (and IBM basically ignoring their own operating system: OS/2), Windows would have flopped badly. In fact there was a bit of an in joke in IBM at how OS/2 was so powerful and well designed that it could emulate Windows 3.x inside the OS/2 DOS emulator.
Edited by Plan9 - 6/28/12 at 1:13am
post #65 of 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

You have a very odd view on past OSs. Win2000 was by far the most stable Windows release for the desktop - so much so that I could only ever generate ~5 BSODs in the ~5 years I ran it (and some of those were due to me hacking undocumented Win32 APIs). Win2k really was a massively overlooked yet fantastic OS - and even better when compared to the competition at that time (Linux still required kernel recompiles just to get graphics drivers running and Mac OS 9 required more frequent rebuilds than Win98 (thank god Apple made the rebuild easy!). BeOS was the only real competition (in terms of platform technology) but BeOS would never have the application support Windows.
And Win3.x was easily one of the worst GUI environments around in the 90s. If it wasn't for Microsoft partnering with IBM (and IBM basically ignoring their own operating system: OS/2), Windows would have flopped badly. In fact there was a bit of an in joke in IBM at how OS/2 was so powerful and well designed that it could emulate Windows 3.x inside the OS/2 DOS emulator.

He doesnt have win2k in his list. I agree with you that win2k was great, very stable and the only downside it had was long start-up times. My win2k PC that i still have takes 5-6 minutes to start up. WinXP was just a more optimised version of win2k with a much better UI.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frankrizzo View Post

Windows 3.1x (1992) - Good
Windows 95 (1995) - Mixed bag, at the beginning it sucked
Windows 98 (1998) - Good
Windows ME (2000) - Sucked (hard)
Windows XP (2001) - Good
Windows Vista (2006) - Sucked although not as hard as ME
Windows 7 (2009) - Good
Windows 8 (2012?) - Sucks HARD

WinME was horrible, you can't even compair it with vista imo, especially not vista post SP1 since that's basically win7 with a different UI.
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post #66 of 173
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Originally Posted by Sisaroth View Post

He doesnt have win2k in his list. I agree with you that win2k was great, very stable and the only downside it had was long start-up times. My win2k PC that i still have takes 5-6 minutes to start up. WinXP was just a more optimised version of win2k with a much better UI.

Ah yes sorry - I was reading the bit in brackets against Win Me.

As for XP, personally I felt it was a bloated and uglier version of Win2k. But obviously it's each to their own on that one smile.gif There was one improvement in XP that I really did miss from 2000 though, and that was the improved start up times. However I got around that with hibernation.
Edited by Plan9 - 6/28/12 at 9:31am
post #67 of 173
WIN 2K and NT. I specifically excluded those from my list as they were targeted at business and professional users and not widely distributed to the general public.
post #68 of 173
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Originally Posted by Frankrizzo View Post

WIN 2K and NT. I specifically excluded those from my list as they were targeted at business and professional users and not widely distributed to the general public.

Ah. I was just about to post I would have picked both Win 7 and NT 4 as my favorites. I actually did run NT4 (with SP6) for several years on my home PC. Weren't a lot of choices back then I guess. Windows 98 was pretty much the only alternative before Win2000 came out and that was kind of expensive for a starving college kid. So I stuck with it quite a while even when USB was taking off in popularity (NT4 never added USB support for those who don't know, didn't really have PNP either). For a while there it was almost like an alternative OS with really good Windows binary compatibility biggrin.gif

So even though it doesn't get a chec kbox I still vote NT4... thumb.gif
 
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post #69 of 173
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Originally Posted by Frankrizzo View Post

WIN 2K and NT. I specifically excluded those from my list as they were targeted at business and professional users and not widely distributed to the general public.

Win2k wasn't exclusively targeted at businesses though. It was also designed for home users (after all, XP is basically 2k + "bling" and it take MS more than 3 years to develop a new OS - so they clearly intended 2k to be a transitional OS from the start). Windows 2000 just came with a heavy disclaimer that games may not be compatible (yet every game I tried worked).

I think the WinMe vs Win2000 Pro arrangement was like Win7 Home basic vs Pro. All are designed to be used by home users but some are designed as a cheaper (nastier) version for dumb users and the latter for power users as business workstations.
Edited by Plan9 - 6/29/12 at 12:18am
post #70 of 173
Windows 2K was a great OS, used it back on my old Athlon system. Though can't really call ME and Vista sucky. Sure they both started off rocky but after system updates they were pretty solid OSes. While I never really used ME as a main OS myself, but have have used it in the past. Somethings like system restore are largely broken and should really never be used, but for the most part when fully updated was a pretty decent update to windows 98. Though you could always tweak windows 98 into a more usable state if needed and avoid ME all together. Windows Vista on the other hand was never really a bad OS. It had its shortcomings in the beginning but thats more to blame on immature drivers. I moved from XP to Vista after vista was out for few months to wait for drives and system updates to improve usability. For the most part Windows 7 isn't much more then a updated version on vista and if your running a fully updated windows vista your really not missing much.

XP was a fine OS but is largely overrated, its not really as great as people think. Windows XP now feels like windows 98 when XP was released. Windows 3.1 still has a special place in my heart, was a great little OS back in the day. Windows 95 was a lot like vista when released, fresh drivers and brand new OS takes some time to mature. Even though people talked trash about it, I had no problem back in the day with my 486 after I added more RAM.
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