Originally Posted by hellosailor
Everything is relative.
If you could run a fax modem
, cd drive, and network connection all at the same time under DOS, you had wizard-like knowledge and powers to cram them all into memory at the same time. There are reasons that DOS is dead, even if it is still the right tool for some jobs.
Up until a few years ago, the company I work for still had an old Unix 386 that was our enterprise fax server. After working there for 4 years I finally signed on to it because of Y2k. Never signed on to it again until it was decommissioned in about 2005. It just ran. Why replace it with the newest GUI sporting Windows?
I get tired of the polarized rants on both sides saying their point of view is correct. Everyone should stay with XP, everyone should go to Vista. Anyone that goes to Vista is only asking for trouble just to get the latest bling. Anyone staying with XP is an old fuddy-duddy afraid of their own shadow.
I stay on a version of the operating system as long as it does the job I need it to do. (The 4 billion dollar company I work for is still on XP) And I wait until all the software I have will work on the new operating system. Sometimes I move a little sooner, but keep the old machine for an application or two. I still have my 486 DX2-66 with Windows 95 because it will run my only copy of Autocad.
It was about 3 years after XP came out before it was really ready to be used. Vista seems to already be there in much less time. From what I am hearing, there was much less change to go to Windows 7, and it could be in good shape even faster. At the rate things are going, I may skip Vista and go straight to 7 in a year or two (I skipped 98). Then again, the Unbunto box I have is looking better and better.
For the zealots always pushing *nix machines, including Unbunto, they are still not to the point where the average user will be able to get it up and running. It's getting really close, though. I have an Unbunto machine and I love it. But, not only does it take a little more effort to get and load software for it, there are less people that can help me, so I'm more on my own. I'm fine with that, but some people would not be. I think it would be a little irresponsible for me to recommend Linux to someone who knows nothing at all about computers
. However, when I find someone I DO think is a good candidate, I push it hard. I think it may well be the future.
Get the technology you need to do the job you need done. Don't let anyone push you into getting something just because they say it's the right thing to do. Don't let the bells and whistles seduce you.