Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:09 AM
I'm not interested in flames or engaging in religious-type discussions about operating systems. However, after nearly 11 years with the same computer, I am finally going to upgrade to a new machine. Amazingly, I've been functioning with a 450 MHz Pentium II running Windows 98 SE. Yes, it's slow and I need to restart it daily, but it still even manages to play YouTube videos and other multimedia if I'm patient enough about it. But enough is enough, and of course there is the issue of Windows 98 no longer being supported by both Microsoft and newer software.
The point is that I'm a believer in buying relatively high on the price/performance curve and leaving alone what is not broken. I'm going to build a new system with a quad core Pentium and 8 GB of RAM. Since I'm assembling it myself, I have a choice of operating systems. I'm not against Unix/Linux, but I'm not geeky enough to embrace that side of me. Grudgingly I accept that for the least inconvenience I will be using one or another flavor of Windows.
The big question is what version of Windows to install. Basically, my choices are Windows XP Professional, the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Ultimate, or the new beta release candidate of Windows 7. Since it's a brand new machine, I might as well install the best choice when I set up my system.
Opinions from the collective are welcomed. However, as I said, I'm not interested in a quasi-religious debate about the subject.