I’ve had my current rig for almost two years now, and aside from the hard drive melting down that one time, it’s been fantastic. And Windows 7 has been fine. Like special effects, the mark of a good OS is to not notice it, and I don’t generally notice 7.
So now 8 may be out? Or is already? There seems to be some confusion; all I’ve heard about it is that it’s pretty much Windows 7+, able to be used on tablets and phones or some such. Since my phone’s a dinosaur and I don’t have a tablet I think I can safely rule out Windows 8. I do wonder if 8 will maintain the usual Windows issue- the one where every other release is an unfinshed, half formed CHUD baby of the next one. Will it be an ME/Vista or a 98/XP?
According to wikipedia: Despite the security benefits of the feature, Microsoft faced criticism (particularly from free software supporters) for mandating that devices receiving its optional certification for Windows 8 have secure boot enabled by default using a key provided by Microsoft. Concerns were raised that secure boot could prevent or hinder the installation of alternate operating systems such as Linux, or that future computers could outright restrict the use of any operating system but Windows using secure boot. In response to the criticism, Microsoft developer Tony Mangefeste stated that “At the end of the day, the customer is in control of their PC. Microsoft’s philosophy is to provide customers with the best experience first, and allow them to make decisions themselves.”
Uh, nope. Mircrosoft’s biggest OS hassle has been (since at least Win.95) the difficulty in changing user preferences and having them stay that way. If you’ll recall, the default setting for Word used to include “Clippy”, everyone’s favorite paperclip gadget.
Windows 8 also puts a lot of things into the cloud storage and Microsoft account. As Mat Honen of Wired can attest, having so many services under one account, under one digital identity, is like having a master key for everything you own. It’d be convenient to have one that worked on your car, your home, your workplace, and your safe deposit box. And as soon as someone stole your key, it’d be just as convenient for them.
Oh, and they’re not supporting DVD players. I’m old, and I use mine. GFY Microsoft.