Washington Post: How Much Computer Does it Take To Connect?Oct 29, 2000, 13:35 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)
"Unless you're shopping among the major online services, which require the use of proprietary software, you don't even need to worry much about operating systems. Most of the Web looks identical on a Mac, Windows or Linux machine. The main difference is that some Web multimedia is platform-constrained: Microsoft's ActiveX is Windows-only, while Apple's QuickTime and Macromedia's Flash work only on Mac and Windows machines."
"It is, however, possible in some rare circumstances to have an operating system that's too new for your Internet provider. For about a month, users of Verizon's DSL service who had upgraded to Microsoft's Windows Me were unable to get online; the software needed to initiate a connection under Verizon's DSL scheme wasn't updated until Oct. 16. Similarly, AOL's version 5.0 software didn't run under Microsoft's Windows 2000 when the operating system arrived in February."
"But for most home users, having a computer that's too up to date is not exactly something that keeps them up late at night."
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