Good-Bye XP. Hello Windows 7

[SIZE=3]March 28, 2009 - 9:24 A.M. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Source: Computerworld[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Microsoft has wanted to kill Windows XP for years. There was only one problem. The users refused to let it die. Now, that Windows 7 is almost ready to go, Microsoft is, once more, trying to ax XP. [/SIZE][SIZE=3]Microsoft did this to themselves. [/SIZE][SIZE=3]Vista was a flop[/SIZE][/URL][SIZE=3]. Even now, according to [/SIZE][SIZE=3]Net Applications’ Market Share[/SIZE][SIZE=3], Vista has only a lousy 23% of the desktop market. For a while, Microsoft ignored the fact that even their own [/SIZE][SIZE=3]executives were horrified by just how bad Vista was[/SIZE][SIZE=3]. But, then the Linux-powered netbook came along, and Microsoft was frightened enough by its early successes that it un-retired Windows XP Home. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Now, Microsoft wants to kill off XP again. Step one will be bringing free support for XP to a close on April 14th. Step two is letting anyone and their uncle get a free copy of the [/SIZE][SIZE=3]Windows 7 release candidate sometime in May[/SIZE][SIZE=3]. The timing is by design. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Microsoft is now hanging on to their desktop market-share and gained netbook market-share because they re-released XP Home, but it’s a Pyrrhic victory. The reason XP Home is so popular on netbooks isn’t that it’s better than Linux, it’s because Microsoft is essentially giving XP Home away to netbook vendors. Microsoft can’t afford to keep giving away its products, so XP needs to die as fast as possible so they can start selling users on Windows 7. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Vista? Please. It barely runs on PCs, much less netbooks. It’s Windows 7 or bust as far as Microsoft is concerned. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Will Windows users go along with this and switch to 7? I suspect they will. The XP users aren’t going to be completely happy with the trip though. Windows 7 is a radically cleaned up and skinner version of Vista. [/SIZE][SIZE=3]I’ve been using 7[/SIZE][SIZE=3] for several months, and it’s a decent operating system. Yes, that’s me, the Linux desktop guy, saying that Windows 7 is OK. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]However, Windows 7 looks and feels a lot like Vista, and if you think you can just switch right over from XP to 7 without going through a learning curve, you’re wrong. I think XP users will find it just as easy, or not, to switch to the Novell’s new Windows-friendly [/SIZE][SIZE=3]SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 11[/SIZE][SIZE=3] as to 7. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Windows 7 also has a lot of Vista badness in it still. My compadre [/SIZE][SIZE=3]Preston Gralla made a good point[/SIZE][SIZE=3] earlier this year about how if your older hardware didn’t work with Vista, it still won’t work with Windows 7. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]So, if you’re an XP user, brace yourself. This time you’re not going to get a [/SIZE][SIZE=3]XP reprise[/SIZE][SIZE=3]. One way or another, you’re going to be moving to a new operating system sometime soon. Microsoft wants it to be 7; I’d like to suggest that you consider a Linux such as [/SIZE][URL=“http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9124087”][SIZE=3]Fedora, openSUSE, or Ubuntu[/SIZE][SIZE=3] as well. [/SIZE]

So they won’t support XP. I guess this means eventually it will have a swiss cheese appearance as far a security holes go. Not much different from now anyway.

So is the release candidate going to be fully functional, or is one going to have to fork over the big dough and upgrade to full 7?

My PC is short on disk space as it is, and I upgraded the OS from 2000 to XP. I doubt if it will take a new OS without a drive format. Spose I can backup the OS drive to my SATA

My XP came with my original Sony VAIO. It is Vista capable but I ignored it. Not going to use RC. Rather wait for the full version.

[quote=“canidae, post: 1077807”]So they won’t support XP. I guess this means eventually it will have a swiss cheese appearance as far a security holes go. Not much different from now anyway.

So is the release candidate going to be fully functional, or is one going to have to fork over the big dough and upgrade to full 7?

My PC is short on disk space as it is, and I upgraded the OS from 2000 to XP. I doubt if it will take a new OS without a drive format. Spose I can backup the OS drive to my SATA[/quote]
i tried the demo version that they put out a little while ago, i think it would have expired in may when the new demo (or w/e it is) comes out. if you have the demo, i do believe you have to pay to make it the real thing once it is fully released. i think i’ll be sticking with xp until i get my new computer, at which point i guess i’ll be forced to change over… :frowning:

I might check Windows 7 out. If it sucks ill just get XP again.

I’m with Vista…hopefully should be upgrading to 7 this hopefully with a new laptop.