Microsoft seems to think they have a better use for my RAM than I do.
I saw this t-shirt today. Perhaps it is available with other logotypes as well.
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Posted Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:54 PM
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Posted Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:24 AM
OS/2 Warp was actually a good solid OS, but never given the time of day
TOS+Neodesk was a good combo also.
Posted Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:04 PM
Mac OS X 10.6.8 was the pinnacle of modern OS's for me, though, and worked great on PPC and Intel Macs. I could be happy with that for the rest of my life. Fast, stable, just enough features but not overloaded. They've completely abandoned their user interface guidelines since.
10.5 was the last version that ran on the PPC macs.
Posted Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:20 AM
10.5 was the last version that ran on the PPC macs.
Hm, you're right, I thought I remembered having Snow Leopard (and the App Store) on my G5 but I guess it wasn't. Either way, 10.6.8 is still great - it runs faster on my old, slow mac mini than El Capitan does on my newer, faster, quadruple-the-membory-and-fusion-drive iMac.
Edited by BydoEmpire, Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:40 AM.
Posted Sun Oct 1, 2017 8:54 AM
GEOS by far was one of the most amazing achievements in software development, given the hardware it was designed to run on. For classic OSes, it ranks way up there. The Commodore 128 version, with a 1581 and an REU, was easily just as usable as a Mac of the same era, and cost significantly less.
Edited by Casey, Sun Oct 1, 2017 8:55 AM.
Posted Sun Oct 1, 2017 7:51 PM
I remember getting a copy of LDOS for my Model III and being blown away by all the things it was capable of compared to TRSDOS. I was finally able to take advantage of the double sided drives in my machine. Very user friendly and I still use it today. NEWDOS/80 is more powerful but a cryptic nightmare.
For my PC, MS-DOS 3.x and 5.0 pretty much had everything covered. If one program wouldn't run under one, it would run under the other.
Despised Windows 95 and 98 and still kick myself for spending $100 on 95. Always booted to DOS and only used Windows when needed.
ME was the first Windows that impressed me...everyone hated it but I never had an issue with it. XP, 7 and 10 have been nice. Vista and 8 not so much.
Posted Thu Oct 5, 2017 9:32 AM
There was one DOS for the TI-99/4A that showed a lot of promise, but did not really get much traction and died on the vine and that was:
4A/DOS also known as Command DOS. It did not have many commands, but it was still quite useful. Still, I could die a happy man IF the TI ever gets a true DOS.
With the new FinalGROM 99 it is VERY POSSIBLE to make a full featured and useful DOS environment for the TI that could be of great use to people, but sadly the user base is so small that it will probably never happen. But still... it's worth talking about.
Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 12:02 AM
Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 12:44 AM
My personal favorites over the years have been...
Mac OS 10.4.11
I grew up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1, and while I did upgrade to Windows 98 SE when it came along I found it to be really buggy and fraught with problems for me. Windows 3.1 just worked for me and taught all the basics of a GUI.
In my late teens and 20's though I branched out to Macs, and OS 10.4 Tiger just blew my mind with it's stability, visual appeal, and ease of learning. I still use Macs to this day but I feel like the OS has been a lot less stable and reliable since Apple switched over from PPC to Intel architecture.
Hear Hear on Windows 3.1. It was THE perfect introduction to professional operating systems. I learned all the then "advanced" GUI functionality I needed. Things I struggled with on the Amiga just simply happened on Windows.
When I got my Gateway 486 DX2/50 I had a choice of OS'es, I forget what exactly they were. But the salesman made me feel like a million bucks as he extolled the features of each. I settled on Windows after some debate overnite and over the weekend. So when I picked that, I was flabbergasted and amazed that I could get Word 2.0 for "free" with my new rig. I had the choice of 1 free application. Ohh I'm sure the price was rolled into the rig, but I was in heaven, because that was one of the reasons I was buying the system. It was like a surprise.
When I got the system and plugged it in. Everything just worked. I was typing my first journal entry within moments of power up. Less than 15 minutes. I remember jumping up and swirling around! I got real manuals, real disks, real everything. I even got a nicely printed 3 ring mini-binder that had all sorts of semi-technical reference. No spyware, no shovelware. No nagging for passwords or accounts. Power on, and the system booted right into the desktop. The next weeks ahead I got a 14.4 modem and it, too, worked instantly. The aura and feeling was intoxicating. Packing a math-coprocessor on board a state-of-the-art clock-doubled CPU was almost too much.
Eventually I'd go on to add a 2nd parallel port, a Zip Drive 100, a SoundBlaster 16, with ASP chip and WaveBlaster wavetable daughtercard, Snappy digitizer, extra joystick ports, 2 more hard drives, a CD-ROM. And other little things.
It even came with MS-DOS 5.0! That's two operating systems! I learned Autoexec.bat and Config.sys, EMS, XMS, and Upper Memory. This was serious computing now. I had 4megs straight away, I couldn't afford more at that moment. But it was all good. I would later upgrade to more. Along with my Apple II stuff, I was happy this rig survived all the craziness and ridiculousness of the time.
And all of it "just worked" compared to the lurching and farting around I did with the 16-bit machines of then-recent times. Do I like Windows today, not so much. Not without all the extraneous bullshit that caters to people whom shouldn't have a computer in the first place.
Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 3:32 AM
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Posted Mon Oct 9, 2017 10:18 AM
AmigaOS 3.1 got me through college back in the 90s. Still love it to this day.
Windows 98 was probably my favorite Windows operating system due to the sheer amount of gaming I did on it. Still remember the first time I installed a 3DFX graphics card and an AWE64 Gold sound card. Magical time.
My media server runs on Debian and it's rock solid.
But my favorite OS of all time is OS X. Ease of use plus power under the hood makes it my favorite.
Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 AM
Edited by mr_me, Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:26 AM.
Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:37 AM
DOS and Windows XP.
Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:23 PM
Posted Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:00 PM
OS/2 Warp 3
Mac OS 7.5
Use all of them almost everyday.
Posted Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:15 PM
Out of curiosity, what are you doing with Windows 3.1?
My own usages are for certain vintage games and hardware and remembrances of "early" PC telecom and word processing. With "early" being a relative term here.
Posted Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:49 PM
I've been in Utopia, and have used truly futuristic operating systems:
* Smalltalk-80 on Xerox Alto
* Genera on a Symbolics 3600 (Essentially LISP on the bare metal)
What do both of these operating systems have in common?
Essentially, they allowed real time modification of every single aspect of the system, while it was running. Fantastic for research work. Something I deeply miss today.
I guess my choices are a bit too esoteric for this crowd
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