Archive forApril, 2009

Windows 7 and Linux

Well, I’ve fully installed Ubuntu, and Windows 7 on my system. Surprisingly, both systems works very well together this time around. I used to use Linux back in the 2.4 days (2002 I think). What a mess Linux was then. Nothing was pre configurable and you had to pretty much compile all your own source. After being pissed off too much in Linux, I went back to Windows. I really love Windows, but I like the complete customization of Linux.

Things have really changed in Linux. After a new install, both my monitors were auto detected at the right resolutions! No more having to go through and manually adding all the screen’s display information. That was always the worst. I could even disable monitors with ease! You guess probably think I’m crazy, but you really don’t understand how crappy some operating systems were.

I don’t care what you guys say, Windows Vista was a really nice operating system. It was a bit slower on older systems, but it fully supported 64 bit computing (something XP had, but it just want’ quite there). Vista introduced a new and improved boot loader which worked faster and offered more customization that unfortunately had to be done through command line unless you had the help from a third party program. Vista did have it’s downside. DRM. That was one of the worst ideas Microsoft had to of thought of.

Aside from all this, Windows 7 looks to be an awesome operating system. When released, Windows 7 will have compatability mode to run an app as if it were installed on XP. This is going to be one of the best features in my opinion. I’ve not come across a game that will not run in Windows 7, but I have a feeling Battlefield 2 wouldn’t. EA sucks at programming. Lazy tards. This is something Apple never offered when they upgraded their OS to 64 bit. They just said, “F U programmers. Update or else!” After that little fiasco, a lot of Apple software made it’s way over to Microsoft. Microsoft has a better legacy support record

Another great feature about Windows 7. Vista is the driver installer. Every driver I could think of was auto installed, except for my zBoard Merc. I had to download those and install them. There are also options for legacy driver support if your device doesn’t have support for Windows 7. For instance, you could install the Vista/ XP drivers for your mouse. I don’t know

I warmed up to the new task bar. I’m way too used to the old task bar where everything is written out. Now, you have “Dock Taskbar.” It has the feel of the Dock Menu from Apple (don’t get me started on how Apple sucks ), the quick launch bar and the old task bar. If you open a program, the icon loads on the taksbar. When you close the program, it is removed unless it was set up to always stay on the taskbar (hint why it’s like the quick launch bar). Say you open 2 instances of notepad, you would have one icon in the taskbar, but you would be able to switch between the two by hovering over the notepad icon and selecting which notepad to open. You’ll see the active screen bubble that was introduced in Windows Vista.

Windows kept pretty much the same file structure as was in Vista, so no major change there.

The update system has had an overhaul as well. I actually updated to Windows 7 from within Windows Vista. That’s something that Windows hasn’t done before.With most operating systems, they force you restart to install. Not a big deal, but kind of cool.

As far as Linux goes, it’s on the way of being as useful as Windows. I’m talking more on a production and user base. Most people who use computer won’t want to spend hours installing and configuring an OS. Ubuntu 9.04 has made most of the automated for the user so you don’t have to worry about the custom scripting for the most part. I’m not even a real big fan of the Linux server. It’s nice, but I like Windows server a lot more. It’s more secure first off and it has a lot more support for drivers.