Re: Windows list
If you're gonna do a list, do it right.
Windows 1.0 - Such a complete piece of crap it made Windows Bob look good.
Windows 2.0 - Passable, but still mostly crap. Only use it if there isn't a DOS alternative.
Windows 3.0 - Decent. Handled most DOS programs without trouble.
Windows 3.10 - ??? I've hear of it, never seen it.
Windows 3.11 for Workgroups - What's with the name? Basically 3.0, but with added bits to support Novell.
Windows 95A - Utter crap. More install disks OS/2 when it came out, so there was no way to finish an install. And if by some miracle you do manage to make it through all the disks, god help you with the IRQ and address issues.
Windows NT 3.5 - Sorry you moved to slow and missed it.
Windows 95B - On CD, what a lifesaver. Reasonably solid until Intel broke it with the new chipset. Fortunately the internets eventually dispersed information about how to work around that snafu.
Windows NT 4.0 - Yo, gamer, move away from the OS. Rock solid stable. Unless you want to install Lotus Notes. God help you if you want to install Lotus Notes. Really, rat poison would be quicker and far less painful.
Windows 95C - Stable, but most folks don't recall it. I think it was the IE 4 release.
Windows 95D - Stable.
Windows 98 - Stable. Not actually a lot different the 95D except... Hmm, is somebody suing MS about that IE add on that came tacked on the end of the 95 B-D installs?
Windows 98SE - Amazingly still stable. Added a bit for larger HD support.
Windows 98ME - Puke, Vomit, Hurl! Who tried to rework this shit from the 1.0 disks?
Windows 2000 - Stable, but god help you if you are trying to upgrade and existing system. Backup your data and do a clean install. Merges Gamers into the NT fold. And you best make sure your drivers are certified. God help you if they aren't.
Windows XP - Stable, plus the drivers work. Finally.
Windows XP SP2 - What's a firewall? Otherwise just like XP.
Windows Vista - Puke, Vomit, Hurl! Cough! Gak! Who tried to rework this shit from the NT 2.0 code?
Windows 7 - Okay, so you finally got the drivers working. How come 64-bit is still for shit? Haven't you guys been working on that code fork since XP?
So as you can see, there isn't any infallible pattern to what releases are good.