Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega
bad idea. I dont want to be in the situation of having an inferior version of windows (win9x) to the superior (winnt).
WINNT was the most HIDEOUS version of Windows ever to be released -- certainly for a workstation -- it was almost IMPOSSIBLE to get any sort of "plug and play" device to connect without going through endless hoops and for a workstation user this really soured the whole Windows experience -- Windows NT was later known as Windows NeanderThal or Windows No Thanks.
As for getting any sort of Wireless connection -- you had to have a Doctorate in Communications, Understand the whole dogs dinner that was called RAS (Remote Access Services) and a slew of other stuff and even then it didn't connect half the time -- a throughly disappointing Windows experience for any end user on a laptop / workstation.
Probably the most user unfriendly OS I've EVER used including a load of Linux Distros.
IT Tech guys loved it because they were the only people who could understand it and it stopped people using things like USB devices, portable disks, etc etc.
Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 server were so so much better in almost every respect.
Windows XP was essentially born out of the W2003 server line.
Splitting the OS into server and desktop / workstation lines might be OK but the trouble is if they do this then the server line is likely to go totally corporate --in spite of the fact a lot of individuals and small business are increasingly using servers in all sorts of places.
With Corporate type development you won't get very opportunity to develop support for loads and loads of totally new hardware that individual users tend to attach to their machines. Basically Corporate requires stable and "boring" type systems whereas individuals want and expect to use state of the art hardware devices.
Development at this end is far more costly to provide than for the corporate sector so we all know what would happen here.
Currently the corporate market virtually pays for Windows development. Without that Windows 7 might cost 450 - 500 USD for a home user or even considerably more -- now that would surely encourage the pirates like nothing else.