"Windows XP has been touted as the Linux killer by some
in the media, and there is no denying that the stability is much
improved. I used RC2 of the Professional version for about a month
on my Windows box, and the operating system's crash rate was far
lower than using Windows 98 SE on the same machine. But the system
did crash a few times, which is more than I can say for my SuSE
installation. To be fair, this was a beta of WinXP, so I will
reserve final judgment for reports from the gold version.
But let me clue you in on a few things, in case you have not
seen Windows XP Professional yet: this is just Windows 2000 in a
prettier package. Windows XP Home Edition is a much harder animal
to classify: it's like a stumpy Win2000 lite in the same new
package. And only Redmond knows what the heck Windows XP Server
will look like.
There are worse things for an operating system to have than the
features of Windows 2000, mind you. But Windows XP still does not
get to the overall sophistication and stability of a well-built
Linux box. There is little room for server functionality on this
new system and the very presence of Microsoft Outlook means that
the whole security issue for this platform is at risk right from
the get go."