You make the mistake of thinking that XP is somehow better than 98, in much the same way that a Radeon 9800 is better than a Radeon 7500. And that my friend, is a filthy, dirty lie.
XP is more stable. Period. If Microsofts software strategy bothers you that much, stop bitching and install Linux.
"It's not the years, it's the mileage" ~Indiana Jones
Vic Fontaine for President