Bug Fix edition...
How about a free copy for anyone plagued by Vista?
Microsoft has taken a sharp about-turn and decided to let Windows 7 technical beta testers have a free copy of the Ultimate edition of the OS after all. The move follows plenty of grumbles from some guinea pigs that had been reviewing the technical beta for MS ahead of the operating system's planned general release on 22 …
I think it was Ed Byrne stated on Mock the Week how ridiculous it is that we take pleasure in someone "making a u-turn". As if admitting you're wrong and correcting your mistake is something to be ashamed of*. Far worse would be to carry on so as "not to lose face".
*Sorry, I meant "of which to be ashamed".
"making a u-turn" should be a positive thing not negative!
I hate the fact that a politician is criticised for "making a u-turn". We want people to be able to change their minds as their understanding evolves, as more evidence comes to light etc.
Let's celebrate the u-turn as the sign of intelligent, free thinking that it is.
Do you suppose the children will also get a free Key Code to go along with the free program? Or is that implied in the statement from MS?
Oh what the hell. I tried it and I like Ubuntu 9.04 better. But 7 will sell like nobody's business and MS will turn a profit and God will stay in his Heaven and all will be right with the world.
Where's the banana tag???
Because every computer I've ever touched that had Vista on it made me want to throw the damn thing out the window, I installed Ubuntu on my new home PC. Couldn't be happier.
Because of the surprisingly fantastic experience I've had with Ubuntu 9.04, I'm considering moving our file room and file server to Ubuntu at work.
Maybe M$ should consider giving those of us that have been pushed into the loving arms (flippers?) of a certain penguin a free copy of Windows 7. I'm done with M$ products at home otherwise.
i installed the rtm build of windows 7 in a virtual machine (virtualbox 3) under debian 5.
it actually runs quite well but is still a bit too vista-ish with commonly used features only able to be accessed through multiple menus and windows.
i'll be sticking with me old mate lenny but if a friend or family member was considering buying it i'd not berate them all that much.
As a public beta tester, I wasn't expecting much and I was actually really thinking about buying a copy of Windows 7 at £50 when it was available to pre-order but since that offer only lasted about 2 minutes I'm now thinking sod it, I'll just stick to Ubuntu and in the cases where I need Windows I'll just use the copy of XP I already have.
NOTHING and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is free from MicroSoft!
It will phone home and tell Bill what you were doing all day yesterday, and what your plans are for today. Then YOU can be TARGETED with 'appropriate' advertising. What a crock of shite !
Debian is free and is a rock solid OS. BSD is free and has enterprise solidity. Other varieties of Linux offer various looks and feels, with something to suit pretty much everyone. Most are free.
Under Linux and BSD, there are thousands of FREE software packages, including some seriously heavy stuff. Open Office does all that 95% of MS Office users require and it is COMPATIBLE! --- and its FREE! The Gimp does pretty much everything you need to do with Photoshop, unless you earn your living from photography --- even then, it is a powerful and reliable piece of software --- and its FREE! Linux dumped 8 bit and 16 bit stuff so long ago I have forgotten when, but MS hung onto all their old crappy drivers.
Mostly I use Apple hardware these days. OS-X is based on BSD but there the similarity tends to end, other than for the solidity. I think OS-X costs about £80 to buy and unlike MicroCrap, there is only one version for everyone --- none of your 'HOME' , 'OEM', 'PRO', et. al., or put another way, they charge everyone £80, instead of making a range of prices to worry some into buying top of the range! At hundreds of pounds --- per seat !!
I should qualify this slightly. Apple also produce a SERVER version which is also fabulous, but I don't know its price. FreeBSD is aimed at those who want a great server. PCBSD is the one if you are looking for a desktop machine.
Is this garbled? Sorry, but no more than the choices out there !
Quit preaching. Not everyones needs are met by Linux/Macs. Mine are (Linux). There's no point in telling people Windows sucks unless you can give them an alternative thats better at ALL the things that they want to do. Currently nothing does this and for this reason Microsoft are still in existance, as you might have noticed.
I've never used a Mac server, but if you consider the point-of-view of an existing company they're about as comerically viable as burning down an uninsured building. The software might be cheap enough, but the hardware needed to run it ISN'T. At all. Imagine how hugely expensive it would be to replace all the servers AND workstations in one business. Unlike Windows Linux/UNIX there is no option for using existing hardware. This makes Apple (from what I've seen) a JOKE when it comes to business computing. Although I won't argue that they have their good points, as does anything.
Moral of the story is: What works for one won't work for everyone.
@AC, @Dark_rain, OS/X server is the most buggy, crappy, shiteware it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. [Oh wait; scrub that. I just remembered windows ME. Ok the second most...] And their server hardware pricing is clearly designed for those who don't know better (£200 for an ethernet card????).
But then, I'm a happy Vista user. So I guess that makes me biased somehow.
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