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What operating sytsems do you shoot for?

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I am trying to get opinions of what operating systems that most developers here
target.

I am looking for opinions if developers should consider dropping Windows 98 support.


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I have dropped 3.1 and 95. Wondering if 98 is considered dead yet.
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by:Jaime Olivares
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I follow this criteria for selecting OS (but could be some exceptions):
For a masive final-consumer product, largely most used OS is Windows. Linux and MacOS are optional.
For enterprise APPLICATION, Linux could be a valuable option only if it has previous trained personnel.
There are some applications issues stronly related to some OSs: Math/science with Unix/Linux, Graphic Design with Mac
When choosing for a file-format I mostly prefer Windows related because generally are stronger standards (audio, video, graphics)
To implement Internet/LAN services, Linux could have a better cost-benefits.
 
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I think Win98-SE is still an option, even better than WinMe, because of it stability, and low resources requirement.
You have to consider that there are million of users with a Pentium-I or Pentium-II 64K RAM that couldn't use WinXP.
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by:brettmjohnson
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I personally target Mac OS X first.  Linux second. Other flavors of Unix third.
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most user applications would basicly be either windows 98,ME or XP... ME will run everything 98 runs (assuming the users ME works anyway :-P) so you will normally find that if you test it on a 98 system and an XP system then 99.9% of your users should be able to use it
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KM.

Thanks, that is exactly what I was wondering.

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