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Postby IriDeck » Fri Jul 17, 2009 13:46 UTC

So, how many of you are currently testing Windows 7 or Snow Leopard?

I have a Win7 box I've built and am using for a gaming machine, but that's about it. The performance is obviously a bit less than when the machine was running TinyXP Beast Edition, but Windows 7 is still lightyears ahead of Vista in terms of speed.

The only thing I've not yet tested on Windows 7 is alternate shells like BBLean, which I've been using on almost all of my Windows XP machines since before SP1 came out.

While Leopard, from what I've heard, is a great OS, it seems like Snow Leopard is similar to Windows 7 in that there is nothing specifically new about the OS, so much as it's just recoded and made faster, more efficient: http://www.apple.com/macosx/refinements/

What do you use, and what do you think of the new OSes?
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Re: New OSes

Postby SD » Fri Jul 17, 2009 14:19 UTC

I'm a stubborn b**tard when it comes to changing things like OSs. I use things quite intensely and get to know them in depth so when I change/upgrade I lose my rag pretty quick because things aren't in the same place they were before. I recently (less than a week ago) made the change to Vista on my gaming PC which was previously running XP Pro. Only reason I made that change was because it got a bit clogged up and troubleshooting problems/cleaning up takes ages and I can't be bothered. I did my usual wasteful trick of slapping a new HDD in there and thought I'd give Vista a try for gaming. Within minutes of it installing the red mist was rising as (obviously) all my Q3 stuff was not the way I like it! Cue config pasting and config erasing and marking read only etc blah you know the score. But anyway I'm using Vista HP on my gaming PC now too and generally it's ok. Very pretty and stuff, and I'm having no problems with performance, in fact it's kicking XPs ass in that respect, although that may be due to the fact my XP HDD had about a years worth of uncleaned/not religiously maintained shit on it. Later I'll be reformatting my old XP HDD and whacking it in there for extra storage that I dont even need but it will impress girls when I tell them how many gigabytes I have. Or maybe not.
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Re: New OSes

Postby AG » Fri Jul 17, 2009 18:40 UTC

i've been using xp lately, although i keep my win2k vm around just in case. i keep meaning to grab win7 but i've been lazy -- partly cause i don't like the idea of it expiring and having to do that crap over again.

as with any of these os's, i'll probably wait until the first or second update to install snow leopard. i've had little trouble with the current leopard release, but i'm glad they taken the time to beef it up.

debian lenny is great. we've finally dumped opensuse and redhat in its favor.
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Re: New OSes

Postby IriDeck » Sat Jul 18, 2009 05:00 UTC

Redhat = RPM = Pure, unadulterated evil.
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Re: New OSes

Postby AG » Sat Jul 18, 2009 07:56 UTC

i was about to explain how the rpm system doesn't seem to be "as bad" as i'd last experienced, but i had to consider integrating the rhel minimalistic and slightly stale repository with those of 3rd-parties.

end of discussion.
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Re: New OSes

Postby AG » Sat Jul 18, 2009 08:00 UTC

few people here may find this interesting, but this is a talk by theo de raadt regarding the release process of openbsd.


...contains some very good information.
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Re: New OSes

Postby dyn » Sat Jul 18, 2009 13:51 UTC

Vista is fast, however it is good to disable or adjust certain services. It can run some games faster than XP, and it has DX 10.
Superfetch tuning: http://www.google.com/search?q=%2Bvista+%2BEnableSuperfetch+%2B00000002
Vista optimization: http://www.google.com/search?q=vista+optimization+services

Best windows system right now is W7, and (optimized) XP for old P1-P3 hardware.
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Re: New OSes

Postby AG » Tue Sep 01, 2009 17:36 UTC

so i went ahead and installed snow leopard. it's performed pretty well for me, some problems here and there -- but i'd recommend to wait for at least the first round of updates. i think at that point, this will be a pretty solid release.

contrary to claims, it's more than a "service pack" release. this review at ars technica is thorough but computer-dork-heavy.
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Re: New OSes

Postby IriDeck » Wed Sep 02, 2009 19:19 UTC

Yay for dorkageness!
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Re: New OSes

Postby dyn » Tue Sep 08, 2009 02:44 UTC

If you want to try different Linux distributions, try http://distrowatch.com and http://www.desktoplinux.com and http://iso.linuxquestions.org.
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Re: New OSes

Postby Tripredacus » Fri Oct 16, 2009 02:13 UTC

I guess I'm late on this post. So far this week I have tested deployments of Win7 Pro, Home Premium, Ultimate (DSP) and Starter on 32bit. Next week will be 64 bit for all those except Starter. All are OA2.1 except Ultimate. Then I have to make DSP installs for everything (32bit) probably tomorrow.
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