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Smart Partner: Believe It Or Not! W2K Is The Real Deal

Jun 20, 2000, 02:01 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Brace yourself. You may not believe this, but my latest favorite desktop operating system is--drumroll, please--Windows 2000 Professional. Yes, I am the same guy who recommends sticking with NT rather than Windows 2000 on servers. And I'm also the fellow who believes that Linux is today's top server operating system by a wide margin. But that's servers. Here, I'm talking about the desktop."

"Officially, almost nothing is W2K compliant today. Unofficially, it runs every application I use daily--Pegasus Mail, Lotus SmartSuite, Microsoft Office, Quicken, RealPlayer and Netscape Communicator. Applications, though, are only part of the story. W2K Professional also is much faster than Windows 98. On my main workstation--a Dell OptiPlex 300 with a 667MHz Pentium III and 256MB of RAM--applications tend to run about 10 percent faster than they did under Windows 98."

"Most importantly, W2K Pro is 10 times more stable than 98 and a good deal better than NT Workstation. Mind you, W2K is no Unix or Linux. My Corel workstation still hasn't seen its first failure in 2000, but W2K Professional has gone down only about once a month. In comparison, I could expect NT Workstation to go south on a weekly basis and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) to blow out every other day."

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