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First off, I would like to say that nothing that I could say about Windows NT will be interesting to anyone two years from now (the criteria for adding a comment). I would like to shoot for 15 minutes.
Next, I would like to say that Web consulting must be very good to Mr. Greenspun for him to consider that kind of hardware as the minimum for an NT desktop. Nice if you could get it. Now for the inflamatory part:
Windows NT has no clothes! Everyone is touting WinNT as the minimum for a serious machine: supposedly faster, supposedly crash-proof, supposedly secure.
Yes, WinNT provides isolation between processes so that if one crashes they all don't. But then Microsoft did something pretty stupid. When you install Internet Explorer, it replaces a lot of OS code as well and ties it to itself. The file manager then uses IE code, and the desktop shell uses IE code. And they are all sharing a process. So if your browser crashes (pre...