You're just making an anti-Windows remark with no real justification.
Not at all. I've never used Vista and I didn't use XP very much. All my development work was done on Windows 2000 which suited my requirements like a pair of comfy old gloves and there was no problem in tinkering with system files, even though it could be a pain in other ways. I had to upgrade eventually and moved directly to Windows 7. It was quite a shock at the time although I have come to love it. Since I now have a stable and usable software development environment, I'm not looking forward to having to upgrade again.
Edit: Actually, I don't recall having any difficulty in editing the hosts file on XP. I'm sure I must have done it since I did use it for some development work. The etc directory wasn't hidden and a user with admin privileges had write access to everything.
Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song,
Sweet Thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long.
Edited by micksharpe (Sat 17-Jan-15 17:59:44)