Windows XP Turns 5! yeah...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Chrispy, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    Well... it was this week 5 years ago that Windows XP graced us all. So... the iPod has been around just about as long as XP. It seems like the ipod has been around forever... then again so does XP. I guess you could argue SP2 was sort of a new release but.. come on haha. At least Vista will be a huge jump forward... right...... right :rolleyes:

    As much as I defend XP on this forum, I still stand behind the fact OSX is the better OS by far. This is just another example of how MS is really not on the innovation front.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    *sigh*

    I remember going from 98SE to XP back in 2003. Luckily I never got hit by any of the SP1 worms.
     
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    WinXP was a lot better than trying to use Win98 or WinME for professional applications and better than Win2000 for more consumer applications, so it's been a good thing. I still think it gets in the way far too much but it's better at a lot of things.

    Still, it's not as good or precise as Mac OS X but it works for a lot of sleepy people. :)
     
  4. drval macrumors member

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    Yes, it's 5 years old

    I've been in the computer world since 80. I've worked on PDPs, Big Iron IBM and Sperry, Wang, DOS, CP/M, Windows, Mac, Sun, etc, etc.

    I think there are both valid criticisms of XP (and Windows more generally) but there is also a lot of projected jealousy. One of the pluses of the Mac world is also its greatest limitation (IMO) and that is the tight control over the hardware that Apple compels. In all of the discussions about how "controlling" and dominating MicroSoft has been and is, I have yet to see someone from the Mac community stand up and point out how the Mac OS was relegated to such a small market segment precisely because of how demanding Apple was about hardware. Windows runs -- in the same version -- across an enormous diverisity of hardware platforms. That is both a blessing and a curse. It opens up innovation but it diminishes ease of use, esp when installing new devices and such.
     
  5. islandman macrumors 6502

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    I agree that XP is old, but it was (and still is) very successful as an OS. I agree that OSX is by far a better OS in terms of usability and so on, but XP wins for being good enough at its inception to last this long and still be viable. MS is getting closer with Vista, but I guess they're not as concerned now with innovations as they are with security and compatibility. OSX will probably always be sexier, but Windows/Vista/etc will always be for the masses because it runs on just about anything.
     
  6. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    It's funny, because most 5 year olds are learning to ride bikes, and they crash less than windows.
     
  7. zap2 macrumors 604

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    5 years wow...look were OS X and OS9 were 5 years ago
     
  8. Chrispy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I agree with you completely. XP was actually very stable back when I was running the beta in 2001. Far better than the 98SE os I was coming from. We still have a lot of people running Win 2000 at work and we are slowly moving over to XP. It really feels like a breath of fresh air to move to XP in comparison. It is just too bad MS can't put more elements into the OS that would make it a more pleasant experience. With 5 years you would think they could have come up with something. But I agree, in the PC world, XP does what it is supposed to do and does it fairly well. OSX just does it so much better. I use XP and will probably continue to use it for some time after Vista is launched.
     
  9. drval macrumors member

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    Well it's an interesting issue to consider: why doesn't XP "contain" more functions or capabilities?

    In a sense, that was the essence of much of the Federal lawsuit to which MS had to respond. And, in a sense, Gates et al were correct -- users want an "integrated" and "seamless' environment. Now on a certain "closed" architecture, that's known as Mac OS. In the Windows world -- partly because of its market share and partly because of MS's past business practices -- trying to provide such an environment was seen as being "monopolistic" and "predatory".

    Now I'm not defending MS -- its policies or past practices -- but I am pointing out that there are a number of reasons for the "safe haven" of Mac OS. Controlling the hardware -- and having a relatively SMALL market share -- means that you really can control the UI and the much of the overall programming environment.

    And, just to be clear, I'm also NOT criticizing Apple -- just pointing out some relevant aspects of the history and context for these discussionsl.
     
  10. Carguy172 macrumors member

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    Xp never crashes maybe if you knew how to use it properly.
     
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Why do you need to posses some form of arcane knowledge in order to prevent an operating system from crashing?
     
  12. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    Well said :)

    Unfortunately that pretty much sums up the difference between XP and OS X
     
  13. drval macrumors member

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    Arcane? I don't think that an OS that is used by approximately 90% of the world's personal computers could be considered as being "arcane" -- which literally means "known or understood by only a few". Simply do the math and you'll see that, in absolute numbers at least, it would Linux or Mac that was actually "arcane" in terms of overall numbers of computer users.

    Can we please keep these kinds of MS-bashing comments to a minimum? I don't really think they add any particular value to any one, esp not those who are trying to use XP or Vista under Boot Camp or Parallels with Mac-based hardware.

    It seems to me that the point of this forum is to offer support for serious users but perhaps I'm wrong about that and someting more "arcane" is actually involved in using this forum.
     
  14. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Used by many and understood by many are two different things. It can definitely be said that Windows is used by many but it cannot be said that it is understood by many.

    If Windows was so well understood by the masses, there wouldn't be so many computers out there running as zombies to help spread malware. You must be vigilant daily to make certain that a Windows machine is kept maintained and malware-free. Things are better with Windows XP than they were with Windows 98 but hardly are things as so good as on Mac OS X on its darkest day.
     
  15. drval macrumors member

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    ...and that vulnerability is, again, mostly due to the high profile and high penetration of Windows, not because it is intriniscally less secure than other OSs.

    Given enough reason and even provocation, any OS can be cracked, hacked or hijacked. Mac has escaped that largely because it is so small profile.

    And "known" really is the same as "used". The definition included "known".

    Can we return to substance now and leave the rest behind?
     
  16. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    The security by obscurity argument is so riddled with flaws and FUD that it wearies me to even address it. And in response to your comment above, I believe you have simultaneously missed the point while managing to get unnecessarily indignant.
     
  17. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    No, it is not the same.

    Everybody KNOWS windows, most people USE it, but only a few UNDERSTAND it.
     
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  19. drval macrumors member

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    OK, one last note on this and then I'll leave you to the indulgence of your distates.

    The definitition of arcane is: "known or understood by only a few".

    Something that is KNOWN by MANY can NOT be "known...by only a few", whether or not it is understand. The "...or..." in the definition indicates that there is a choice there, not an inherent combination.

    I understand that you believe Windows is difficult to "understand" and, whether that is true or not, is actually completely irrelevant to whether it is "arcane".
     
  20. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No, the point was: Why should maintaining an operating system in order to keep it running smoothly be some form of knowledge obscured from the user?
     
  21. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Why should an Operating System need constant vigilance and attention just to make it work?

    I have better things to do than coddle Windows through operation in the real world.
     
  22. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    No one said that Windows itself was arcane, only the knowledge necessary to keep it running smoothly.
     
  23. Graeme A macrumors 6502

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    5 years, wow! And to think that there are still some people yet to upgrade to it in my office.

    It is amazing to see how much the OS'es have evolved over the last 5 years as a deliverable product and something still waiting to be released in the near/distant future.

    Competition is good for Apple and Microsoft, it keeps them on their toes. I'm just pleased that I got XP Pro as part of Microsoft's Action Pack instead of spending $$$ on it. The savings made there, I have spent with Norton for AV/firewall software. Now that is a bitch with XP... Buy the OS and pay an annual fee to another company just to keep running the darn thing.

    PS: Love the 'archive as a PDF' comment :)
     
  24. drval macrumors member

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    "No one said that Windows itself was arcane, only the knowledge necessary to keep it running smoothly."

    What's so arcane? It's actually pretty simple but it seems like, no matter what, some of you just want to continue to trash XP and MS. OK, have fun. I'm returning to actually making substantial contributions and looking for useful information.
     
  25. Nym macrumors 6502a

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    Ah geez, the endless XP vs OSX battle.. just leave it alone. If you like Windows, use it, if you like OSX buy a mac... It's just a matter of choice and although I prefer OSX I have 3 PC's at home and respect the people who use them.
    I just don't like Microsomething as a company, their way of doing business and their corporate objective. Other than that, I will gladly use XP to run games and OSX for everything else. IMO OSX is better because every year comes a new release, fixing issues and adding features, getting refreshed, however, XP just stood still in time, 5 years? whow :D it's natural they're behind. Let's wait for Vista... and Leopard.

    I guess that every opinion here is based on experience with both OS's, some people claim that windows crashes all the time, others say OSX crashes just the same, in my personal experience I've never had a OSX system crash (the one's that make you restart the OS) just the occasional Force Quit.. however, just last night my GF was showing me some work stuff on her PC Laptop and BANG .. BSOD out of nowhere...
    But I'm sure Mac's crash as well, they're made by people after all :S
     

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