Being one to constantly install operating systems I have no need for and ultimately no serious intention to seriously use, this weekend I installed the Windows 7 BETA.  For what little I have tried of it, it is indeed quite nice and very polished.  Proper support for Asian character sets certainly eased my worries after the frustration I had trying Vista.

Windows 7 has appeared to have done what it really needed to do.  It completed the change that Vista started to make the OS palatable to the average user and convey that this is something that's worthwhile, feels fresh and is a genuine improvement.  It looks crisp, the UI is friendly and it installs easily.  I'm sure with time I can find annoyances, but in general it's a win for Microsoft.

However, there is in fact, a problem.  A big one, at least in terms of people such as myself who already knows XP through and through but are looking for an update, which is that the one thing Windows 7 made me want to do above all else is try Ubuntu again.

The problem is change, because Windows 7 actually offers some.  The fact that Windows 7 has a learning curve to the serious users means that the learning curve holding me back from jumping to Ubuntu or another distribution of Linux is now significantly mitigated.  I already know that for the vast majority of my computer activity, Linux can provide that.  The question is whether or not it would be an improvement -- and that same question applies to Windows 7.

Microsoft has done what it had to with Windows 7, which is to provide some palpable change, even if it's superfluous, so there's no blaming here.  Only warning that as long as I'm changing, it's tempting to just go all the way.
Posted by Ellyoda Mon, 19 Jan 2009 05:49:55 (comments: 3)
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 21:07:41
Vista had a learning curve as well. Took me a hell of a while to get used to the idea that all of the music/photo/etc folders are under each user, and can't be accessed by other users unless you put them in the public folders (not really a big deal if you are the sole person using a computer.)

From a GUI standpoint, I don't think any Linux distribution is going to look anywhere near as good as Vista or 7 any time soon. Now that I have 3D I needs it. XP looks like Windows 95 to me now.

The real question is... did they tone down the annoying security popping up whenever you tried to do anything, or at least hide it a little better?
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 02:31:08
The Compiz effects suite makes the visuals in Ubuntu really nice, though I'd go with Windows 7 aesthetically as well.  Meanwhie I turn off the effects in both for the sake of performance and run "Classic" design mode in XP for clarity and efficiency.

I'd need to try something more in-depth, such as setting up my application servers to see what it's doing in terms of whiny security policies.  One thing I noticed, though, was it popping up in the corner telling me I don't have any antivirus.  Good to know!  Let's try to keep it that way.

After using Ubuntu for a bit, there is one dominant and apparent fact: Firefox in Ubuntu destroys Firefox in Windows.  Completely destroys in every single way.  It renders faster, has better JavaScript performance, looks better, has better font rendering, uses less RAM.  It makes up for the fact that Opera is kind of crappy on Ubuntu.
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 02:59:19
Ditto for OpenOffice in Ubuntu (guess that makes sense), it loads up nearly instantly for me, rather than in Windows it takes a good 5-10 seconds like a program such as Photoshop. For some reason it's orange instead of blue too, lol.
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