So I never used Vista. I heard too much negative press before it was released and too many negative comments from people who did use it after it was released. Our PC’s came with XP and we were quite happy thank you very much.
But I’m not an out and out Microsoft hater. They get a lot wrong, but on the other hand, XP does what I want it to do. I wish it was more secure, but when you’re a target the size of Microsoft with the install base it has you’re going to be under constant attack anyway. They could be better, but I’m not sure the products are as bad as some haters claim. Yeh, the company has some terrible practices, but the product isn’t the worst.
I was amused at how quickly news about Windows 7 turned up, it really looks like Vista failed, and I wanted to get a look at it and see if it was something I could move to in the future. I managed to nab the public beta this morning, and although I doubted it would work I tried installing it into Sun’s xVM VirtualBox – and lo and behold it works fine.
And despite only having 768MB of memory it’s actually pretty usable. I’d get naffed off if it performed like this all the time on my main machine, but I should imagine given it’s full complement of CPU and another 1.2GB of memory it’ll perform pretty well.
I had one problem installing it into VirtualBox, initially I created the virtual disk as an auto-expanding one and the install crashed half way through (taking out the install, VirtualBox, my machine, three quarters of my desk and creating a small worm hole). Creating the disk at the full size before installing fixed that and it went on pretty quickly. You can install the VirtualBox extensions by running them in XP Compatability mode, and you can install the network by telling Windows 7 to look at the VirtualBox extensions CD. Once the network is up and running, Windows 7 chugs out to the ‘net on it’s own and grabs the sound drivers (as part of windows update). It was pretty slick.
I’m writing this from Firefox running on the Windows 7 VM (Firefox installed fine, regular version). There’s a free version of AVG which runs on Windows 7 which is running (link checker turned off).
Clearly I’ve not had a chance to really use any major applications, or push the OS hard, but I have to say Microsoft may have learned the Vista lesson. I’ll play with it a lot more, maybe see if OpenOffice installs, and let you know.