Yes, used it. Got rid of it. It was crashing a lot. Didn't mind that as it was beta, but I wasn't impressed with the features.
Haven't tried it. From the videos on the website, it looks (not just the interface, but features) much better than Vista. However, I think Microsoft is still trying to give more like a Mac OS X feel, and as long as they don't find something individual and very good, there will always be converts to either Mac or Linux.
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I personally don't use Windows on any of my computers at home (got one Mac lappie, an eeepc and desktop with Ubuntu Linux installed on both) but my housemate has Vista on his laptop. It's not a very high-spec laptop, even for the time (a core-dup chip, I believe, with about half a gig of RAM) and Vista absolutely smokes on it. Was really very surprised with the speed and stability. Driver support, running older software, etc. were all problems, though. So if Windows 7 improves on that, could be a decent OS to run.
Mind you, the whole concept of building and running an OS has taken quantum leaps in the past 8 years or so. It's quite difficult to find an OS which doesn't have its ducks in a row, so to speak. Really, the choice between OS's comes down to personal preference and philosophy these days. It's certainly not like the past when you had, say, a clear choice between AmigaOS (no memory protection but great for multimedia) and DOS (business platform). OS's are much, much better at being all things to all people.
A few guys in another forum says it's much better than Vista. The entire installation takes only about 25 minutes, and is not as resource-hungry as Vista. Also, the annoying (even though I like it) UAC (User Account Control) is replaced with a much intelligent Action control.
I like playing around with Enlightenment a lot. I did some coding for it at one time, to add some features I wanted. But now, unfortunately, I am starting to get real deep into studies, so I can't spend a lot of time foolign with Linux, and I need to use Windows for school and research.
Well, the tablet pc support for linux is lacking, and there is no sofrware that approaches one note. That's the biggest thing that stops me. I wrote a hack for myself and inserted it into the kernel that fixed pen issue, but the software, and especially handwriting recognition software is pretty poor on linux. I tried doing it on Wine, but it got poor results as I expected it would.
I prefer Slackware, by the way. But I've tried Ubuntu. Actually, my ideal OS is FreeBSD, but you can forget about that with a tablet.
Ah, tablet PC. Yep, fully compute on that score, man. No need to say any more! Nice work on getting a kernel submission, though. That's genuine qualification for super-nerd status. And, yes, WINE sucks.
I'm a Slack man myself, Ubuntu is just easy to administer. Hmmmm, your favourite book is Catch-22, you're a science nerd and you prefer Slackware. I thought I only had one twin.....
Haha, I did it myself, I never submitted any code officially. Alas, I no longer have the time for programming (focusing on my science research and studies), so the super-nerd status must be achieved through some other means.
Well, you're also a fellow atheist, enjoy science and seem to have a multitude of career/interests - exactly like me. So yea, it's a bit weird.
Gonna stick with Windows XP for the next 5 years at least, 7 just looks like a bunch of hooha with features no average user will use.
Can't wait to get 7 TBH. Skipped Vista though.
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upgrading is only possible from Vista rite others u have to put as fresh installation i think
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