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PC Magazine UK: Operating Systems [Review]

Jun 29, 2000, 22:54 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Moore)

[ Thanks to Abdulhadi for this link. ]

"With the recent launch of Windows 2000 and the groundswell of support for Linux as a desktop operating system, the questions of how and when to upgrade are on many people's minds. Your choice of OS can dictate how you use your PC. The choice is affected as much by ideology as by practicality--Microsoft's business practices colour many buyers' choice. While Microsoft still dominates Intel-compatible PC and server markets, alternatives are available from the various distributions of Linux."

"So should you stick with your existing setup or upgrade to a newer OS? The arguments for each platform can be highly persuasive, depending on your needs. Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows 2000 Professional are easy to use and install, and have the widest choice of applications available for any computer platform. Linux is free and you needn't expect to pay more than £50 for a desktop OS. Where it starts to cost is in the time and effort you'll have to invest in configuring and maintaining your system, and many users will still find the degree of technical knowledge required intimidating. There's more in our sidebars, 'Installing Linux' and 'Other Intel-compatible operating systems'. Although Linux doesn't offer the same user interface as Microsoft, it does provide better reliability and customisability, and the range of desktop applications is improving. You're also not committed to one window manager. Interfaces, such as KDE, Window Maker and the GNOME, provide different features suited to different users...."

"We've awarded our Editors' Choice jointly to the three Microsoft operating systems reviewed here--Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows NT Workstation 4.0. All three operating systems offer excellent ease of use and application support. In many respects, they're not as powerful as Linux, but they do offer a better solution for the productivity needs of most businesses."

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