tilstad Posted February 2, 2007 Share Posted February 2, 2007 (edited) I've had lots of thoughts about this issue also. Actually it first came up with the release and description of win xp, but I decided at that time I could wait a few more years since xp only had the "call-home" functions, and not shutting the user out for real as with vista. But we have to face it, even though I'm writing on a 9x computer now, it's time is coming to an end. Gradually we will be shut out, first new programs, and eventually the web itself. But so will xp and 2000 pretty soon, and then there won't be any other option than vista's DRM hell! If you look at it with a view long into the future, vista and the os'es following it, will severly limit your and my digital freedom, in any way they can. Expect the grip to be tightened little by little, not so much that regular people will protest, but inch by inch they will take your computer freedom away from us all.This issue is coming, if you like it or not, and you WILL need to make a choice at one time or another. Is 98 fairly compatible with almost everything today? Yes. Will it stay that way forever? Hell no. Soon Xp and 2000 will face the same problems. I agree with all of you saying linux is not for you. It's a hassle. Jackhammer is almost unusable. win98's unofficial updates are hampered by almost no developers, and no real knowhow by the users to do anything themselves to further the work Xeno did.The bottomine is; As win98 gradually becomes more and more unusable/uncompatible with the rest of the world, and a little later xp/2000, the other alternatives will become gradually more interesting. I feel that tinkerers, and power users like us, with no real programming skills, will in the long run benefit the most migrating AWAY from the microsoft platform, whatever OS. Remember that almost every unix program ever written, still runs on almost any linux/unix distro. Microsoft on the other hand will continue to obsolete their older systems as they see fit, as needed for their profit growth. That in addition to the DRM thing, which essentially takes away your control over the computer and your files, says to me that migrating is unavoidable, it's just a matter of when!As many of you have experienced, swapping all you ms knowhow, files and programs over to linux/unix isn't just that easy, I feel that the smartest way to go about things is to rather plan on a long term migration. Say starting in 2007 with a full migration sometime in 2 years time. Which is about the time xp and 2000 will become obsolete. I'm sure some security fixes will be availiable, but not new programs and such. As have been the case with 98.THe benefit that will gradually become more clear, is that the more users of different linux distros, the better they will become. We as power users and tinkerers, who often perform the quasi or "home" computer helper/technichian, have the ability to convince people they should also migrate to another platform. The more users it gets, the more resources will be availiable for development of open source software, and the more options we as users will get to use that software. The situation now, with 98 becoming obsolete and incompatible for instance, that would never happen on that platform. I'm not sure about reactOS.. the main thing in my mind is that whatever OS platform you choose, it should be open source, so no one company or person can obsolete it, andmake it impossible to develop further, for further use.As more users use open source, hardware manuftacturers will have to also comply with their need and wants. Look and Firefox for instance, it hasso many users developers cant simply dismiss them longer, and if the growth continues, it will get even better, with web applications also optimized for it. So will also be the case with games and apps, if there's sufficiently amount of users on linux, messengers and popular games will also be developed to that platform.The migration is going to hurt, as in all cases where there are rewards at the end, there will be initial expenses and chores to be done first. But the longterm benenefit is quite clear, and if we don't do it, we will be sucket into microsofts wet dream of controlling erevry single human being on this planet, and whatever they do with a computer. I for one is not going to let that happen to me.We all need to at one point or another find the guts to say Goodbye windows, and Hello freedom!To the initial poster I would say that I don't have a readily availiable do-it-all solution after w98. But if you'll accept that it won't be a "quick and easy fix", (as with the sigarette comparison) You can have the slower but permanent fix. All the tinkering we guys typically do, usually don't benefit others than ourselves, and maybe a few friends on the microsoft platform. However, the same amount of testing, tinkering on the linux platform, can lead to a free and new release for everyone to enjoy. And we don't even need to be programmers to contribute; Just testing things and reporting issues is of great help! If someone could establish a mass migrate movement that would be of such value for all of us in every way. Lets hope someone pics up the idea, and let us hope we one day can say so long windows, and good riddance! Edited February 2, 2007 by tilstad Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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