XP and Red Hat
I am a GNU/Linux fan and have been for about 7 years. My home computers sport Suse 11.3 and Win 7. My work computers, on the other hand, have other things in mind. I use Red Hat 5.5 and XP.
Many things have changed since I became a GNU/Linux fan. Some things have not changed much. Certain operating systems have not changed much in that time. Xp is one of those. Since its release in 2003 many new software and visualization ideas have been pushed around, moved forward and come to be commonly used. However, XP is still used and it feels old and is not sharp like others. In the same mode of thinking Red Hat 5.5 is also old, even though it was released this year. It uses an old kernel and vintage KDE 3.5. Like XP it is functional and does what it was advertised to do. I can't wait to use a newer operating system every day.
As long as I have been ranting about operating systems, lets take a step deeper into the x86 world of hardware. As I understand it, even the latest Pentium processor chip still must support commands and structure for hardware such as tape drive and 8 inch floppy disk drives while at the same time supporting the latest video and being able to access TeraBytes of RAM. This limits the CPU because it must be backwards compatible. Throw it out and rewrite the machine language. This will allow new, faster architectures to be explored more easily. Just a thought