In a world that Microsoft tries to dominate the PC
market many people think Windows 95 is the only operating system for PC's available.
This is certainly not true but if we could reduce Microsoft's domination
these other operating systems could get better.
Welcome to the antiMicrosoft Windoze 95
page - dedicated to alternatives to the operating system from hell.
Windoze 95 came with my PC I had no option about that
- I definitely WOULDN'T pay for it. Anyway I have Linux on my system and
are currently exploring the possibility of FreeBSD which are both excellent
UNIX clones for the PC but it can be a bit difficult to set up, but there's
plenty of help and advice on Linux and also FreeBSD both on Newsgroups
and on the web. You'll be happy to know that Netscape supports Linux and
FreeBSD for most of its Web browser software (including the new Netscape
Communicator) or if you prefer text only web browsing you can use the Lynx
text based web browser. Although many major software companies still don't
support Linux there's still enough to make it a good choice instead of
Windoze 95 for anyone who is competent in computing.
If you would rather have an a non UNIX
alternative there are other options although I haven't examined these options
as I'll probably stick with a UNIX based system. If you want an MS-DOS style
operating system you could try and find a copy of IBM PC-DOS (I don't know
if it still exists but it runs DOS software and even MS Windows if you
really have to). You could try IBM's OS/2, a Mac (never used one but people
say that in 87 the Mac was Win 95 without the problems!) and many more
leave messages on my guestbook about info
on other OS's.
There is enough choice to mean that you
DON'T need Microsoft products. The problem is many of these operating systems
don't appeal to people new to computing but if the demand was there I'm
sure someone would develop an operating system for a PC that won't put
off the beginner.
Windoze 95 Problems (a rather shortened
It's too slow - Windows 95 is too
wasteful on resources it uses too much virtual memory and therefore continually
accesses the hard drive.
Security - If your computer is accessible
to many it is too easy to delete files either intentionally or unintentionally
(pressing shift and delete also makes it bypass the Recycle Bin)
Recycle Bin - A good idea but the files
are not compressed - deleting files doesn't save disk space if they are
going in the recycle bin.
Bugs - there are meant to be over 1000
bugs in Windows 95
Long Filenames - Long filenames such as
TheOneandOnly.html are in the MS-DOS form THEONE~1.HTM - why bother with
a ~? It effectively makes the DOS 8 letter filenames less meaningful. Windows
95 should have long filenames that are shortened by MS-DOS to THEONEAN.HTM
this avoids all the irritating tilde characters.
System Settings - It is too easy for unexperienced
users to alter the system setup.
I know Windows 95 machines that are networked probably have
better security but I had bad experiences at college when they had Windows
95 with people finding it too easy to remove files and make the terminal
unusable. People who have a computer in the house and let all their kids
friends use it are in a bigger danger as they have no security at all and
START COMPLAINING - YOU CAN'T START WINDOWS 95
Coming soon....What they said about Windoze 95 before the
launch and what really happened.
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