So, I just finished installing the RTM (release to manufacturer) candidate of Windows 7.0 and I have to say... I am burning my ISO for Windows Media Center 2005 and prepping to return to XP.
Let's be real - Microsoft just cannot seem to get it right in my book. It took me 2 hours to start the installation because the DVD was not being read on boot up? In fact, it would get to the INSTALL WINDOWS button and it would go through loading some drivers and then it would complain that it could not find the DVD and I needed to load the driver. TOO FRIGGIN' CRYPTIC, Microsoft! How about the old error of "cannot load dll e:\windows\inf\driver\etc.etc.etc" instead of "Cannot load DVD drive, please put in driver diskette". I had to Google that a few times and peruse some sites to find the answer - what was the answer? Put the DVD in my 2nd drive and re-start - it worked that time (might be an indication of a failing primary DVD drive on my computer... but I am not thinking that is correct.
There are some cool things with Windows 7 and some things that are really bad. The new themes and restyled aero interface are alright. But I found that I could no longer get into the CLASSIC control panel without some tweaks (no longer a link that said SWITCH TO CLASSIC MODE). I also found the underpinnings for Vista to be more of a hindrance to the OS than a benefit - it still felt like VISTA - no doubt.
In several days, Mac OS X 10.6 comes out... and the thing I like about Apple Macintosh computers? They just work. It really is that simple - they just work! I know for a fact that all my drivers that I have been using for my applications and my printers and peripherals will be working in Mac OS 10.6. But I guess that is what you get when you monopolize the hardware for the software. But we are not ranting against Apple, today. It is Vista 7, or Vista R2 or Windows 7 - whatever the hell you want to call it.
I liked 95 - it was huge jump from Windows 3.1. The next jump to 98 was more of an incremental. It was the push to Windows 2000 became a huge jump again. The XP stuff was a further refinement of 2000 with some additional functionality. XP has just been solid - that is what you get with a baked operating system. Good Stability.
I don't know what the future holds for Apple and Snow Leopard, but 10 ways to 1, I am betting that Snow Leopard will further solidify Apple's stranglehold on Microsoft and lay further inroads into the Enterprise; while Vista R2 (aka Windows 7) will just create more and more angry converts.
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