Originally posted by Descenterace
If Mac sucks, Windoze sucks even more. Doesn't stop me using it, though. The advantage of Windoze is that almost every PC game has a Windoze version, but Mac and Linux versions are rarer.
I think that Microsoft should produce a single-tasking version of Windoze. Just the underlying subsystem and drivers. It would be used for playing games, because if you're in the middle of a game you don't need the multitasking capability. The Wine program for Linux is similar to this: Linux single-tasks, so it's more stable, and Wine lets you run many (er, some?) Windoze programs, but Wine can't provide DirectX functionality to the level required by most games. So hows about a cut-down version of XP that doesn't waste 20% of the CPU's processing time multitasking, and instead funnels it all into framerate?
Actualy it is not multitasking itself that takes most of the CPU power - it is the ammount of programs you're simultaniously running.
The problem is that even the games you use today use multiple programs during their operation - the reason why you don't see them is that the API hides them.
Even windows runnign alone had several tasks running simultaniously.
So multitasking is a must have....
Efficient management of doing so is quite another thing.
Someone please tell me, how come MS could have prorammed CD-ROM handling in such a dumbass manner, that a perpiphery that has delay in ms (in secs actually when early accesing a CD) has precedence over any other application or other source of input!
Is this a bug solvable in registry ('cause some pure installs don't seem to be doing it) or new CD drives are too fast to notice it (I mean clean ones, that don't have trouble recognising a CD)? ...or did our burned CDs deteoriate so far....I doubt since it does with even ordinary pressed CDs too.
So there is much to be optimised about the issue, however NT based multitask management is one of the few good advancements that have taken place since the start of our MS Windows calvaria.