>Poorly written drivers are one of the main reasons the Win9x
>series is so unstable.
And poorly written drivers are the reason companies continue to write for Win9x while eschewing Win2k. Since they're not willing to make an effort at efficient code that fits MS' specs, they simply don't bother with it.
>i've seen some pretty high minimum specs for running the beta2
Everything I've read has stated that the specs of an XP system are going to be quite high and it's actually Microsoft's plan not to offer alot of Win9x->XP upgrades, but to get people to buy all new computers to run it.
If you're not aware, there's also quite a bit of controversy regarding some privacy and "fair use" issues with XP. Namely, to register you have to provide MS with your key by phone before it becomes usable (there's a delay, I've heard, where it'll work. But after that time is up, it'll fail to boot) and they've limited their MP3 encoder to support only low bit rates, favoring instead to support WMA fully, seeing as how MS is quite willing to bend over for the RIAA (WMA supports digital use management, which is just another word for Big Brother-ware, so far as I'm concerned). Of interest to PSX emu writers is the fact that I've heard direct reads via the CD-Rom driver will no longer be supported, since direct reads are used by audio rippers to convert CDs into MP3s. Please note that the above is just what I've been told by some fairly reputable sources, but, as with anything you see on the Internet, please take it with a grain of salt.