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Here is the main reason that it won't be a serious contender - Less than one
percent of our professional community is above the neophyte stage of
computer literacy. The Windows graphical interphase has established itself
as the standard for DOS base packages. The use of a graphical interface is
intended to take the intimidation out of a black DOS screen and prompt.
Considering the old mock multitasking products (they stoped processing as
you switched between applications, such as Deskview by Quaterdeck Software,
these were still considered special tools for the computer literate.
For the beginner or user with limited skills, it usually took a more
knowledgable person to create a Bat file or Bat based primative interface to
help beginners launch programs.
In addition, the features of Windows  based software has evolved with the
times and "wish-lists" of the users. Even if you only use 10 or 15 commands
in Autocad, the power users will still demand more "bang for the buck" but
the novice will stick to those 10 or 15 commands.

The computer operating system has succeeded in creating a graphical
interface somewhat as friendly as Apples, but they have also created an
intimidating set of features that would scare off most new users (who will
also be afraid of a black screen). Unix sounds like something sexual to most
beginners and Linux would be considered a character in the Peanuts comics.
Seriously, there is very little space left for the novice. New users have
only one choice - Jump in the water and swim or stick to Web TV.

I believe what is needed is different flavors of Windows that can be
purchased based upon the needs of the user. I'm not talking about office
packages (Word, Excel, Access etc.) but am speaking of a graphical operating
system that allows the user to install only the basics (not most recommended
features) and the ability to add-on as they knowledge improves.

One other thing I would like to see is a disintegration of Outlook 98. I
would like to write an email and send it without loading the entire
program - possibly just a core program. I'd like to use the note pad (yellow
sticki's) without launching the program and still be able to integrate note
messages to clients in my contact list. It would also be great to keep the
contact list on my desktop floating independent of the rest of outlook and
the same for my Calendar.
I depend on the software, but can conceive of a less resources intensive
program if the modules were separated, yet integrated.


-----Original Message-----
From:	Bill Polhemus
Sent:	Tuesday, October 20, 1998 12:27 PM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject:	RE: New Win 98 Questions

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

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