What OS?

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I'm running a Dell PC at home (128 MB RAM, P III 500 MHz) and my problem is Windoze 98. I'v seen '95, '98 and NT and they all stink. I want to use my PC for imaging, scanning, retouching and printing pictures in photo-quality and to digitize music from analog source, e.g. record-player to transfer those dusty vinyls over to CD. Win98 is a monsterous drain on system resources, keeps crashing and is a general pain to use. What Operating Systems other than anything Microsoft do you recommend that is stable enough to save my sanity?
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j2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I would recommend NT, since it is stable, given a proper install. Part from that i think your only viable choise is Linux, but it is _very_ picky about hardware (especially scanners). But GIMP is an excellent image manipulation tool for Unix (not as feature rich as Photoshop tho).

However, given the steep learning curve of linux, it might actually preserve your sanity.
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