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At the risk of repeating myself:

I predict that Linux will be a SERIOUS player for many of us in the practice of Engineering. Why? Because:

1) It takes much less in the way of hardware resources.

2) It is much faster in program execution.

3) It is an "industry standard"--essentially UNIX.

4) Many software products we use today, such as AutoCad and Microstation, and STAAD-III, have long had UNIX versions which will be easily and readily portable to Linux.

5) I will make the overall "cost of ownership" of a P.C.-based workstation much less than reliance upon a "closed system" such as Windows.

6) It is a SNAP to network; networking is an integral part of all flavors of UNIX.  And talk about your "internet integration": Linux uses the SAME networking protocol as the 'net does: TCP/IP.

7) It is available NOW, not end-of-year 1999.

Just a few reasons.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Dennis S. Wish PE [SMTP:wish(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Saturday, October 17, 1998 12:15 PM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	RE: New Win 98 Questions

>From what I just read, NT5.0 may be delayed until the end of next year at
the earliest. I also read that the current Beta version looks and acts very
much like Win98.
Remember that NT5.0 has been primarily used for networked systems. Microsoft
is anticipating a need in the private sector for personal networks within
the small office or home. With broadband technology becomming more and more
a reality every day - those wishing to keep up with technology will need to
consider establishing a personal network to control most of our daily
functions above and beyond work. This includes, onine banking, shoping,
education and research. It also includes the ability to control your homes
(lights, HVAC, security and communications).
With this in mind, NT5.0 will be important - however, don't throw away 95 or
98 yet.
I suspect that Windows 98 will be supported for at least the next five years
until features become so important that 98 is considered similar to 3.1 - a
Although many of you swear by DOS, there will be a point in the near future
that you will lose the support from both Microsoft and the companies who
originally wrote the software you are using.
This is to be expected as ecconomics drives the services offered on
software. Very few manufactures of popular software are maintaining DOS
versions. One driving reason is that many printers today will not work in
DOS mode (such as the HP Deskjet series like the 820).
This is not to say that you can't continue to use the equipment you
presently own, but at some time the hardware will give out, a glitch in
magnetic media will corrupt a disk, a 5-1/4 floppy will fail and you won't
be able to find a replacement etc. You will have a choice - upgrade and
repeat the process of the downward learning curve (which becomes more
difficult as features increase)OR wait until you no longer have the
resources to complete the work and retire.

In the mean time, I think you can get some long milage on Windows 98. I also
believe that you should upgrade to NT5.0 when it comes out IF you are
interested in establishing a personal server to take advantage of Broadband,
multiple computers in the home and other network options.

Dennis Wish PE
-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Privett [mailto:eqretrodr(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 1998 6:35 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: New Win 98 Questions

Szuchuan Chang wrote:
> Please also consider Windows NT 4.0.   I

I agree with this one... Win98 is the last of its kind.. NT5.0 is due for
release next year and it will be the only OS of MS.  It's very stable, but
there are some programs that don't run on it.  I've not found any
structural or office type programs that I have problems with, but there are
some games (who puts games on their computers ...) and some educational
software for kids.  NT4.0 also doesn't have the plug and play for all
hardware upgrades, but that hasn't been a problem.  You just have to read
and perform the proper setup.

Steve P