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Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 6:06 am

Windows Today Worse Than Windows in 2001

Windows XP
Windows XP slows down as time goes on due to patches, protective software, and Registry bloat

WINDOWS Vista was already said to be a trainwreck, primarily due to its inability to deliver something innovative. It gives no compelling reason whatsoever for users to upgrade. People who have had the chance to fiddle with the Vista beta build can confirm this. In fact, it seems to be lagging behind other operating systems, notably Mac OS X as was previously confesses by a Microsoft evangelist.

On top of it all, hardware requirements of Windows Vista make it rather unappealing. Novell have said that Vista will drive away Windows users and ultimately lead them to Linux. To many, adopting Windows Vista probably means acquisition of a new computer, which will most probably contain Windows pre-installed for a variety of reasons that involve anti-fair trade practices.

Windows XP was first introduced to the public in late 2001 and, as we approach the end of 2005, Windows XP is worse than ever before. The many critical patches, which came in the form of Service Pack I & II have made it slower and less likely to interact with all underlying modules gracefully. With more Windows viruses in the wild, it requires more attention and maintenance than before, which has definitely led to unrest among its users community. In the mean time, Apple’s Tiger has been gaining strength and has even surpassed, in term of it functionality, the Microsoft equivalents — something that even Microsoft could not truly deny. KDE, in the mean time, has been growing very rapidly and it is now comparable with any other desktop layers and often surpasses the competition in terms of its functionality. See, for instance:

It is also worth mentioning Ubuntu Linux, which has done tremendously well at easing a transition to a free operating system. Hewlett Packard have recently started selling Ubuntu desktops and laptops, as a matter of fact. Ubuntu comes in just a single CD, its hardware detection is admirable, and moreover it is stable and user-friendly. Its bundled Live CD makes another big pro as users who are too resistant to delete Windows can have a period of adaptation and gain some re-assurance with regards to their platform migration.

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