The most important question not asked
Posted Mar 8, 2012 18:45 UTC (Thu) by farnz
In reply to: The most important question not asked
Parent article: Various notes on /usr unification
Windows 95 is not a fair comparison here, though. It, Windows 98 and Windows ME were all stop-gaps until Windows NT was able to replace them (which it got close to with Windows 2000, and managed with Windows XP), and they did a variety of interesting things related to their ability to use MS-DOS device drivers for low level filesystem access. It's much the same situation as criticising Linux, because when you run certain apps on a FreeBSD system with their Linux compatibility layer they don't work well.
Of course, this shows one side of the "gradual change" coin - Windows XP was released in 2001, so it took Microsoft 6 years to shift people in their preferred direction.
If you could repeat the experiment with NT-based Windows, that would be interesting; I don't know if any NT Windows could install to a directory other than C:\Windows or C:\WINNT, however.
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