[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Jul 17 10:14:46 EDT 2007

On 17 Jul 2007, at 2:22 pm, Gerry Creager wrote:

> Nope, NT4 was the end of the evolutionary peak.  It's been downhill  
> from there.

Actually, I vote earlier than that.  NT 3.51 was a lot more stable.   
Not having graphics drivers in the kernel being the main reason.  I  
used to run NT 3.51 quite happily on my 486 desktop that I had at the  
time.  It was actually faster than Windows 95 on the same machine, at  
least for my purposes (writing my PhD thesis and a bit of Windows  
programming).  At one point, about 1996, I had five operating systems  
on that machine - DOS, Windows 95, OS/2, Windows NT and Linux.  Of  
those, I spent most of my time in the last three.  DOS and Windows 95  
were just too painful.  I used OS/2 for 16-bit Windows development,  
Windows NT for 32-bit Windows development and my PhD work, and Linux  
for everything else.

These days I just use a Mac for all my desktop/laptop stuff, and  
Linux for everything else.  :-)


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