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[News] Here We Go Again: Vista 7 is Just Another Vista, Even XP is Better

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Hands on: Running Windows 7 on a netbook

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| Performance wasn't the only problem I came across. For example, I was unable 
| to perform two network-related tasks at once. For example, if I copied a file 
| from a network server or watched a YouTube video, life was fine. But if I 
| tried to do both things at once, I ended up with a frozen system.    
| [...]
| I experienced several difficulties running popular applications on the Dell 
| Mini 9. Windows 7's built-in applications, such as Media Center, felt slow to 
| respond. Other apps behaved sluggishly as well. For example, Microsoft Word 
| 2003 took 27 seconds to launch on the Mini 9; it took only 11 seconds on the 
| HP EliteBook 2530p.    
| Some problems, such as abrupt slowdowns when trying to run Microsoft Office 
| 2003, Office 2007 and Quicken 2008, were clearly caused by memory problems. 
| There simply wasn't enough RAM to run them effectively. When I tried to run 
| two or more major applications at the same time, the performance dropped from 
| merely miserable to "Is this thing still on?"    
| [...]
| If you must have Windows on a netbook, XP Home SP3 is still the better choice 
| over Windows 7 -- at least, for now. And, even though Microsoft is doing its 
| best to kill off XP, it looks like the PC makers aren't going to let 
| Microsoft put XP out to pasture after all.    



Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year

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| The survey, of more than 1,100 IT professionals, is one of the first
| extensive looks at Windows 7's early sales prospects. It found that a
| whopping 83% of enterprises plan to skip the OS in its first year. While the
| business market typically tends toward caution when it comes to new products,
| the figure is nonetheless surprising given that almost no large companies
| migrated to Vista and as a result most have been using XP much longer than
| planned.
| [...]
| The open source Linux OS also could benefit from slow uptake of Windows 7 in
| the enterprise market, as could Google's Android OS -- which some computer
| makers are reportedly testing as a netbook platform. Fifty percent of those
| surveyed by Dimensional Research said they've considered switching to a
| non-Windows OS to avoid Vista or Windows 7


The Windows 7 beta testing disaster

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| So what are Windows 7’s damning problems?
| –Windows usage is on the decline, and while Windows XP was an acceptable OS
| from the standards of 2001, both the Mac OS X and Linux distributions such as
| Ubuntu have matured. Microsoft also launched many other business ventures
| that it had hoped to subsidize entirely as loss leaders using Windows and
| Office sales to run the other guys out of business, but with sales of those
| faulting combined with massive XBOX 360 hardware failures, giving up on the
| Zune 2 years in with 4% of the market, and failing to put a chink in Google’s
| services, Microsoft is getting desperate.
| –They’re not listening to real users, they’re listening to a focus group if
| that, and the focus group gave us the McLean Deluxe, which was a total
| disaster for McDonalds. But unlike McDonalds, Microsoft has the advantage of
| no competitors. If we want to put Windows in the McLean Deluxe analogy,
| Windows thrives because all restaurants are McDonalds, all grocery stores are
| closed, and the only thing on the menu is the mystery meat. At least til
| lately.
| –Abusing their OEM partners for years hasn’t won them any friends, and
| mainline PC vendors such as HP and Dell are marketing Linux systems now with
| no Microsoft Tax. This isn’t helped by the fact that the only thing Microsoft
| has that is nimble enough to run on the Netbooks that they totally failed to
| see coming is 8 years old (XP) and that they are giving Windows away in a
| massive dumping operation to keep Linux off these things,  because Linux is
| far more capable.
| –There’s no way to actually file detailed bugs and communicate with Windows
| developers or to have any ETA on a patch if one is coming. If you need help
| it costs $49.99 per incident to get someone that probably knows less than you
| do on the phone. You can’t just go to an IRC room and talk to the person that
| wrote it.
| –Windows 7 is in short, Vista all over again. It may be masquerading as a
| huge upgrade but the changes have been trivial, superficial, and usually skin
| deep at best, and “eat my data” and “fail to even load my program” at worst.
| Even my dad saw it running on my test system while he was over the other day
| and thought it was Vista. I had to point to the Windows 7 build number on the
| desktop because there’s almost no way to tell them apart otherwise.





Will Microsoft blow its netbook lead with Windows 7 crippleware?

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| When netbooks first came along, they almost all ran Linux. Microsoft, which
| was stuck with the resource pig known as Windows Vista, simply couldn't
| compete. So, reluctantly, Microsoft gave Windows XP Home a new lease on life
| and sold it below cost to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to kill the
| Linux desktop at the root. For this cost, Microsoft was successful, but now
| Microsoft is about to blow it by replacing XP Home with Windows 7 Starter
| Edition, which is crippleware by any other name.
| Microsoft has been selling crippleware, software that's deliberately had
| features removed, for some time. The only real difference, for example,
| between XP Home and XP Pro, besides the price-tag, was that XP Home couldn't
| handle business domain or AD (Active Directory) networking. To get this one
| feature activated, millions of business users paid an average of $80 more per
| PC.


Windows 7 distrust spurs Ubuntu for the desktop

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| Ubuntu is emerging as an unlikely alternative to deploying Windows 7 or Vista
| on enterprise desktops as many IT managers express concerns over the upgrade
| path to the new Windows operating system.


A letter to a Texas Senator

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| My name is Ken Starks and I am one of the most active Free Software advocates
| in the United States. Senator, the state of Texas is paying tens of millions
| of dollars a year to Microsoft when they have a free, virus-free and stable
| alternative at their fingertips, literally. Sir, let me pose a question. Why
| does the state of Texas insist on purchasing a product that proves to be more
| expensive to maintain than it does to purchase? Anti-virus software, defrag
| and registry fixers, malware protection...why? Why are we paying for software
| that demands we purchase other software in order for it to work? That is a
| question that I would honestly like answered.
| I will tip my hat to the obvious influence of the powerful Microsoft Lobby.
| They have been there and gone, and their impact on State software purchases
| is obvious. I am curious to know if the dollar amounts we taxpayers spend on
| Microsoft software is available for public consumption. Again, Microsoft has
| lobbied you successfully. Entire nations, states and municipalities across
| the globe have switched to GNU/Linux and Free Software, yet the US remains
| the last bastion of Microsoft strength.

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