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[News] Vista Sped Up GNU/Linux Adoption (Can't Wait for Vista7!)

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How Vista's total failure hurt Linux

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| Once I got a good look at Vista, I knew desktop Linux was in for good times. 
| Vista was, and still is, a disaster of an operating system. I was right too. 
| When netbooks started coming out, it was Linux, not Vista, that ruled.  


The Munckins/marketers used to say that Vista would hit a nail on Linux'
coffin. What happened??


Windows 7’s biggest threat: journalists

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| ZDNET.MICROSOFT.COM, Blogosphere.NET, Wednesday (NNGadget) — As Microsoft
| continues to prepare for the 2009 2010 launch of Windows 7, it today issued a
| plea through its network of objective opinion-shapers: Don’t let the
| journalists near it.
| Microsoft MSDN software disk scarecrow in cornfield“We understand that many
| journalists use Macs,” said CNet marketing marketer Don Reisinger. “This
| means they necessarily suckle at the Satanic rear passage of Steve Jobs. We
| cannot countenance their bias. Journalists are responsible for all those
| signs outside computer shops offering to replace Vista with XP. When was the
| last time you saw the entire technology field stop and wait for an
| announcement from any other company besides Apple? It’s so unfair!”


Windows 7 Unmasked

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| But after the stage props came down, and after the projectors finally went
| cold, attendees were left with a pre-beta copy of something that looked less
| like a new OS than the repackaging of an old one. At least that was my
| impression after I started exploring the Windows 7 M3 (Milestone 3) bits that
| came on my shiny new 160GB Western Digital USB hard disk (one of the better
| tchotchkes I've received at a conference). As I reported on my Enterprise
| Desktop blog, the more I dug into Windows 7, the more I saw an OS that looked
| and felt like a slightly tweaked version of Windows Vista.
| [...]
| Just what was so new about Microsoft's next Windows, apart from a rejuggled
| UI? Windows 7 appeared to suck memory like Vista, to consume CPU like Vista,
| and to have the same consumer focus. How would this product be received by
| enterprise customers, the vast majority of whom had soundly rejected its
| predecessor? After all, if Vista wasn't good enough for big business, then
| surely a Vista-derived encore would meet with a similarly chilly reception.
| [...]
| Otherwise, Windows 7 operates much like Vista. There are subtle visual tweaks
| here and there, but nothing on the level of the dramatic XP-to-Vista
| transition. Ironically, Vista users may be more annoyed by the UI changes
| than users coming from XP. Because the Windows 7 and Vista Aero experiences
| are so similar, seasoned users of Vista will be more likely to look in the
| wrong places for common functions. By contrast, XP users won't be burdened
| with now-outdated Aero navigation skills.

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