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WIN98 VS WINXP for FULL3D online gaming

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really nid this for my college thesis...

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windows xp with service pack 2.

dx9 support
memory management
supported hardware
current and future hardware

most modern games are "crippled" to a certain extent in order to work on 9x systems. Truth is that as newer games are developed, the resources they require increase. You don't really get good OS resource management until you get to windows 2000. If you take all of the other tangabiles into consideration such as security, virus protection, anti spyware, ect then that leaves you with windows xp sp2. Not to mention that the newer system boards and other hardware are being developed with only the current operating systems supported. What I mean is that they are not writting drivers for the older operating systems.

Here is a good example using wireless. when win98 was developed wireless was fiction. while you can make wireless work with windows 98, it tends to be troublesome and has lots of quirks to getting it to work. The OS was never developed to support this. Starting with windows 2000 and forward Microsoft has continued to improve wireless support.

now with linux.... well its still early in the game for it. no pun intended. Using linux as a game server works well. as a gaming platform, well not many mmorgs or games in general are developeped and released for linux. With some much time and money invested into developing these games it becomes a matter of economy. Design the game for the most common platform makes monetary sense.
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