Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2003 12:05 EDT
> buy a fast
Quote:> computer, put GEOS on it for 90% of my needs and run Windows on it too the
> other 10% (shared with my DOS apps). Same thing. GEOS does the job for my
NOTE: The following has to do with you, Chip, but it also serves as an
example for a any new user who might otherwise be duped into thinking that
GEOS is a potential alternative for running Office apps on a contemporary
computer that runs Windows XP.***
A fast computer does not require that it be new or have XP on it.
***If you buy a new PC, its going to have Windows XP on it, unless you buy a
custom system where you have to separately acquire your own OS. ***
you already own GEOS, you can go right ahead and add it as a DOS
application, even though Bob will probably tell you that DOS apps run
relatively inefficiently compared to Windows apps on XP.***
***Regards speed, I don't believe you get it. Windows XP is faster on a P4,
than GEOS, because the Windows XP kernel and drivers use the accelerators in
the hardware to do the heavy lifting. ***
The argument I am concerned with is not which is faster, but that my preferred
software is faster on a newer PC than on a 386 or 486.
***In addition, hasn't the mantra around here, including past message by
yourself, been to extol the virtues of GEOS not needing a fast PC when it
runs as a stand-alone program?***
Yes, to some degree. That does not mean that additional speed is not desireable
at times. Only that additional speed is not necessary for a satisfactory useage
of GEOS (286 systems aside). There is also the factor that buying a good used
fast system is cheaper than buying new, especially if you already have DOS
(including Windows versions of '95 and beyond that have it built in) and GEOS.
***If I had a nickle for every extremist who
ranted that GEOS didn't need a fast PC, but Windows did.***
GEOS doesn't, Windows does.
***In fact, the answer is that GEOS is faster than Windows on very low end PCs,
in the enty level Pentium range on down, where earlier versions of Windows
lacked the sophistication to take advantage of hardware to the max.
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