I spent almost the whole day today trying to to get Windows XP
to work satisfactorily on my home machine and I came to the same
conclusion that I did some time ago: It just can’t. My main motivation
is to actually get rid of Windows 98
that is still residing on my machine (it’s currently dual booting along
with Windows 2000 Professional).
I have that solely for running some games and also FastTracker 2.08
to compose those occasional songs (if and when inspiration strikes).
Windows XP still cannot handle FastTracker 2.08
properly (it’s a DOS based program actually) despite making it run in
Windows 95
compatibility mode and I have yet to come across a decent Windows
based MOD/S3M/XM tracker program. On top of that, I also realized
that a bare installation of Windows XP on my machine already
takes up 1.3GB of hard disk space. Contrast that with my installation of
Windows 2000 Professional complete with applications such as
Office 97, Photoshop 4.01, CoolEdit Pro, etc.
etc. (they’re rather dated, I know. But still functional for what I need to
get stuff done) which uses the same amount. This upgrade attempt
has made me realize one thing again for sure, if it ain’t broke and if
you can do what you need to do comfortably with the current set up,
stick with it! I still reckon Windows 2000 Professional to be the
better operating system than Windows XP for my PC. My
laptop is currently running Windows XP as the main operating
system as I’ve found that Windows XP just works great on it.
On the same note, the laptop is also running Windows 2000 Advanced Server,
Windows .NET Server
and FreeBSD
but that’s more for the purpose of doing development work. Still, for
what it’s worth, FreeBSD
has my vote anytime as the best operating system on the i386
platform.