Last week, I was still using Windows XP on my home computer. The urge to upgrade to Vista was non-existent, but during a support call at work when I had to do basic blind-support (no remote access) troubleshooting for one of the bosses of the company on a Vista machine, I decided to bypass my biases, and just proceed with an upgrade. This was timely, as I just got myself a new videocard, and a much-delayed DVD writer purchase was already done a month or two ago.
I have Vista on my machine now, with the latest updates. Great improvement from XP? Yes, I should say so. Does it deserve the negative criticism it has been getting since its release? After a few days with it, I really don’t see anything major to gripe about.
Then, Microsoft released a release candidate for Windows 7 to the public last Tuesday, valid until June 1, 2010.
And, here I am, a few hours after downloading the DVD-sized evaluation-copy operating system, and I’m loving how Windows 7 RC works. Very snappy, just like the recently released Ubuntu Linux 9.04.
On Vista Aero with my current specs, I’m around 60+ RAM usage. On Windows 7 RC Aero, I’m using less than 40-50. My rig runs on a first-gen dual core Pentium and 1.5GB of RAM.
But, seriously, after constant partitioning, installing (I did get the latest Ubuntu, and installed it twice, since I wanted to use ext4 instead of the default ext3), as of today, I’m just left with Vista and Windows 7 RC on dual boot. About 80% of the time, about a week ago, I was on Ubuntu, browsing and listening to music, and would only boot to XP for Photoshop, mobile phone backups, etc.
The triple boot rig I had in mind (+Ubuntu) will have to wait when I have ample time to spare.