If you’re expecting me to kick Windows 7 around because I like Linux, you’d be wrong. Windows 7 is actually a decent version of Windows. It’s not, however,a new version of Windows. It’s Vista Light or Vista Second Edition if you prefer.
I’ve been running Windows 7 beta for the last few weeks. I’m running it in a VM (Virtual Machine) on openSUSE 11.1 with VirtualBox and natively on a HP 7360n. This PC is powered by a hyper-threaded 2.8 GHz Pentium D 920 dual-core processor, 4 MB of L2 cache, an 800 MHz front-side bus, and 2GBs of DDR (double-data-rate) RAM.
People who know my work well will recognize that HP 7460N as the same machine on which I found out just how truly awful Vista was. In fact, one of the reasons why I put Windows 7 on it was that even after all this time Vista still was fouling with hardware. In its latest foul-up, I ran straight into an ancient network bug with multiple NICs (network interface cards) and video transmission that still hasn’t been fixed.
So, it was good-bye Vista and hello Windows 7 beta.