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Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

Dec 26, 2009, 16:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

"Writing about the best and worst in operating system is like a crap magnet: I'm pressing the big red button. People develop a personal relationship with operating systems, whether on servers or their personal machine or phone. The love/hate relationship becomes anchored with deep emotions about the merits/detractions of the devices they use-- through the lenses of operating systems.

"Great in this case means possibly really great, and alternatively, really awful. Some made us happy. Others made us sad, or worse, mad. Some we toiled happily with the winners, while others burned up precious weekend time in fits of compatibility issues, installation nightmares, and startling kernel traps and various blue/black/red screens of death. Some deserved to become dumpster fodder, and others are still humming away, quietly, and doing their job. This is about both kinds.


"Windows Millennium Edition (WinME)

"This was the last version of Microsoft Windows that ran on top of Microsoft DOS, and it wasn't well-designed. Microsoft released it as a stop gap version to address slightly more memory and disk before the two Windows code bases would be merged together into Windows 2000 client and server editions. Technically, it arrived late in the 1990's, but its inclusion here is to remember the pain of the name."

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