lakehousetech wrote:It might be more promising if it wasn't based on Vista.
If it wasn't, it would take as much time in development as Vista had, which was what? More than half a decade?
And if it took that long again, either people would get used to the drudge called Vista (since gamers have to switch eventually to DX10/11) or get stuck in Jurassic... I mean XP Park.
And even if it wasn't based on Vista, it might still be grounded by NT underpinnings, which still has concepts like the registry floating about.
trident wrote:I guess I'm spoiled by how Linux comes with software to do most common things out of the box, but I was shocked at how little you could actually do with Windows 7 without having to download more stuff. No Office, no email client, no torrent client, no messenger, and only the ever-rubbish IE for a browser. Plus you know that when it becomes standard on new PCs you will get the Norton trialware that just refuses to go away, tilting the bloat-functionality balance even further the wrong way...
I have the EXACT same experience. Compound to that the almost-mandatory Anti-Virus software that will inevitably bog down the performance gains 7 might have made.
I use a single-core "Merom" Celeron D with 1.5GB of RAM and 7 boots slower than both Vista and XP.
I have to say though, the new taskbar is pretty sweet. It's better than the typical bar in that it saves space yet gives more information with the icons+live preview thing. Still, Aero's only nearly as shiny as the shiniest Quartz Extreme yet both ultimately fall down to Compiz' customizability.