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Old June 16th, 2009, 11:32 AM   #41
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I have a newer laptop with Vista. It's fast as hell and I don't have any complaints about Vista. Just make sure to get as much ram as it can handle.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:21 PM   #42
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My personal favorite thing about Vista is how when browsing folders on a system Explorer will unceremoniously start the green bar creep at the top doing who the hell knows what for however long Vista thinks it needs too. . . . and indexing + search are off, gpo disabled, removed from startup. Other than that Vista's been great at using more RAM than XP and running the same speed as previous generation PC's with less CPU.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #43
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XP 32 can manage 4 GB. Tweaked it will only utilize 3, correct.
correct....3 GB is the max utilized by any 32bit OS, vista included.

FWIW, I've been running 64 bit vista with 4gb DDR3 ram and have had ZERO problems. As stated before, I was a vista hater, but as long as your PC can support it it kicks the shit out of a mac OS
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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #44
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correct....3 GB is the max utilized by any 32bit OS, vista included.

FWIW, I've been running 64 bit vista with 4gb DDR3 ram and have had ZERO problems. As stated before, I was a vista hater, but as long as your PC can support it it kicks the shit out of a mac OS
"Kicks the shit out of?"

How so?
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Old June 16th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #45
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I'll stick with Linux.

Updates every 6 months so you have cutting edge all the time if you like, or you can use an older release if you have older equipment.

And it's free.

I have to use windows at work, so my laptop dual boots in case I need to remote into the company server (although I can access company e-mail in linux). From off to full desktop takes approximately 75 seconds in linux, over 3 minutes sometimes with XP. This is on a dual core 2ghz intel with 4 gig ram. (I am running 64 bit OS)

I was looking at Vista, tried it out on my sister in law's computer. Meh. Hate the Aero interface, I also got sick of linux' spinning cube effects with compiz. Eye candy gets boring fast.

What bothers me about Microsoft is that even in a full release, paying customers are essentially beta testers. Instead of trying to create a stable secure OS, they just add dialog boxes that most people just click through without reading. Now, if the dialog box alerted you to something potentially serious (Warning! Application is attempting to edit Windows Registry. Do you want to grant access?) then users might take it seriously instead of multiple 'Are you sure?' boxes.

I am also aware that linux is not for everyone. It takes a little understanding of how an OS operates to get the most out of it, but for those that just surf porn and read e-mail they wouldn't even notice the difference.
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but for those that just surf porn and read e-mail they wouldn't even notice the difference.
Sure they would! They couldn't install those special EXE's that give you 'special players' or 'behind the scenes' of the websites.
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I have a new laptop with vista. I just use what came with it. I just turn the fucker on and go. Works perfect
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I'll stick with Linux.

Updates every 6 months so you have cutting edge all the time if you like, or you can use an older release if you have older equipment.

And it's free.

I have to use windows at work, so my laptop dual boots in case I need to remote into the company server (although I can access company e-mail in linux). From off to full desktop takes approximately 75 seconds in linux, over 3 minutes sometimes with XP. This is on a dual core 2ghz intel with 4 gig ram. (I am running 64 bit OS)

I was looking at Vista, tried it out on my sister in law's computer. Meh. Hate the Aero interface, I also got sick of linux' spinning cube effects with compiz. Eye candy gets boring fast.

What bothers me about Microsoft is that even in a full release, paying customers are essentially beta testers. Instead of trying to create a stable secure OS, they just add dialog boxes that most people just click through without reading. Now, if the dialog box alerted you to something potentially serious (Warning! Application is attempting to edit Windows Registry. Do you want to grant access?) then users might take it seriously instead of multiple 'Are you sure?' boxes.

I am also aware that linux is not for everyone. It takes a little understanding of how an OS operates to get the most out of it, but for those that just surf porn and read e-mail they wouldn't even notice the difference.
I can cold boot XP in 17 seconds. Knoppix took almost a full 60sec.
I have no issues with linux, but for what I use a computer for, I need to have compatibility with my peripherals, which I did not have with linux.
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I can cold boot XP in 17 seconds. Knoppix took almost a full 60sec.
I have no issues with linux, but for what I use a computer for, I need to have compatibility with my peripherals, which I did not have with linux.
The only peripherals that give me problems are scanners. Always seem to have to edit config files or write startup scripts.
But I can sync my Blackberry just fine.

I use XP in part of the training I do for the equipment we build, it's mostly backing up parameters that are stored on an SD card. One day I'm going to skin my Linux desktop to look like windows so I don't have to deal with XP.
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