When I read quotes like the one below, it makes me really want to pull my hair out and scream at someone. I was browsing the web, looking for news and some technology related editorial content :), when I read this:
As much as I agree with you about Office and Microsoft in general I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone that can say with a straight face that Windows 98 remotely compares to the 2000/XP line. Anybody remember 95/98? I remember that I could never keep it running more then a day or two. I remember that having to kill mIRC would often take Windows down with it (WTF???). I remember running out of "system resources" long before I ran out of RAM (what good is RAM if there are artificial limits on "resources"?).
As you might be able to guess, it's from this discussion on Slashdot relating to why Microsoft doesn't patch everything. At least there were a few people that noted that no one patches all their bugs, but patching isn't what I wanted to write about.
I am stunned by how anti-Microsoft people are and what stories I hear. I won't want to disparage someone and call them a liar, but if you cannot run Windows 98 for longer than a day or two perhaps your skills should be called into question?
I have run every version of Windows since 3.1 and they have all been relatively stable. Not that I haven't had to reboot more in earlier versions or that I didn't have issues, but Windows 95 and 98 ran great for my at a couple companies. Not the months of uptime I get now with XP, but weeks at a time. Being one of those people that hates to reboot my machine, I'd leave my machine up for weeks and it would work, including while I was developing Visual FoxPro apps against SQL Server!!
What's even more amazing is that I hear the same stories about Windows 2000, especially servers, and XP. Look Microsoft isn't the most stable product in the world. Those embedded systems, like the one that runs my TiVo (I know it's Linux), seem to be much more stable, but c'mon, a day?!?!?!
Ah well, what more should I expect from Slashdot.