Windows 7 to ship October 22
Development wraps in July
Windows 7 will hit store shelves on October 22, Microsoft confirmed today.
The successor to Windows Vista was originally slated for a 2010 roll-out, but last month, Redmond admitted that the OS would arrive in time for the crucial holiday shopping season.
Microsoft said Tuesday that Windows 7 code will be finalized and sent out to manufacturing in the second half of July. The OS will then be made generally available October 22.
Coinciding with the release date announcement, Microsoft affirmed its launching an upgrade program to help keep PC sales pumping as the operating system's ship date nears. Details on the program haven't been disclosed yet, but a leaked briefing paper for OEM vendors suggests Windows Vista machines will qualify for a free upgrade beginning July 1. The paper didn't mention when eligibility would end.
Microsoft will ship six versions of Windows 7; Starter Edition, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Home Basic for developing markets. Prices haven't yet been set for the SKUs. ®
Many dinosaurs would happily survive a tsunami, either being flight-capable or aquatic, and the land versions reached such immense sizes dues to amazingly light bone structure via such means as internal air pockets, like modern flying birds, so their "floatability" would also be up for debate. For those out there wanting to add that they would have the in-built survival awareness of modern animals to run to higher ground (many documented cases show this but are unscientific), that is up to the jury as we just don’t know enough about the wiring of their brains.
horses for courses
I have tried many linux distros, but I just can't be arsed.
I even tried dual booting for a while.
but I found that I couldn't be bothered to reboot to play games, so I'd just boot into windows anyway.
Deleted the partition in the end.
I like the shiny desktop in Vista and 7. I don't like the desktops on linux, shiny looks better!
I have loads of Ram and Graphics power! Give me shiny! Not this "we dont waste resources" shit. USE my GPU dammit!
I can play *real* games on windows. I can only play crap on linux, even if I can get (3d)drivers.
Open Office/Firefox/etc is on Windows. It's on linux too. I use windows, why reboot?
If I never played a game in my life, never watched a vid, then yes I would use linux, because it's free. But because I do, I'll pay the MS tax. For now.
Try the Penguin
Windows 7 looks like a good attempt to produce an improved Windows experience, but I jumped ship after a coworker gave me a "Warty Warthog" CD some time ago and then tried it 6 months or so later after another Registry Cancer event forcing a system rebuild.
Why should the Home User Try the Penguin ?
1) No DRM
2) No Phone home spyware
3) No Crapware on you new machine
4) You need not touch the command line anymore on many distro's
5) Run's on more vintage hardware, probably you can get 2X the life out of your machine
6) it actually has some really cool games (OpenGL), yes
7) Most distro's come with a very full suite of applications by default (writing a techical thesis in OpenOffice as of now)
8) Package managers, they make the IPhone AppStore look like an amateurish late to the party attempt - think of all your applications coming down the wire
9) Very little, if any, malware
10) installation is easier in recent years than Win or Mac (LiveCD's), driver support is amazing no more looking for that 3-4 year old dusty CD when the latest reinstall from a corrupted registry hits you
11) The release cycle of many distro's is blazing, it seems every week there's something added to the system
12) No more migration treadmill
13) VERY easy to network, I tried for a solid week of evenings to get some WinXP and Win98 machines to talk and share to one another, achieved that same with
14) Community support is GREAT, have heard most paid distro support is very good and knowledgable
15) Periodic system rebuild every year or so to "clean up" registry is in the past, the filesystem of the machine am typing this on is 4 years old now, despite OS core and applications upgrades.
It goes on but will leave it at that.