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I now have a Vista machine on my network, and after a few weeks of using and configuring it I have to stay something about it. Vista sucks.
Heath, have you tried windows 7 beta ? If you have, let me know what you think.
it seems to take care of some compatibility issues from what i read .
I haven’t tried it yet, it’s still in beta. It’s basically Vista with alot of the bugs worked out, but current programs or hardware that will not run on Vista will not run on Windows 7 either. Windows 7 uses the same operating system kernel and driver API (application programming interface).
I played with Windows 7 and it is pretty weak. I have seen Linux distributions that look better and work better.
The biggest problem with Windows 7 is that underneath, it is STILL the Vista OS (which is also about 3-4 different user interfaces in order to stay “compatible” – whatever that means to Microsoft anymore).
Bottom line: Microsoft has the old programming interfaces that were written in 1995 (actually earlier, they were “enhanced” in 1995). 15 years later, they STILL have them. This is not a modern operating system, it is a large, cobbled together hack. That is the reason you have to have virus software.
Over a decade ago, an antivirus maker was asked how to make Windows more secure. At the time Visual Basic viruses were the problem. They said, sensibly, get rid of Visual Basic. Microsoft refused.
It is this refusal of Microsoft to acknowledge holes in their security that makes it a poor choice. What good is it to have a computer when half the time (or more) you are doing maintenance. It is like the joke about the Jaguar, it is a car both you and your mechanic own.
Microsoft would do better to listen to others rather than assume that they “know everything” – is quite obvious they do not. Unfortunately, they will never learn.
And seriously, $300 bucks for an OS?!?
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