another Windows threat…
I bought a dektop computer a while ago, maybe 6 months or so. I did this, because I wanted to have a big screen and nice multimedia stuff and so on.
I did not care so much about the pre-installed Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium, because I installed Fedora 13 on it at first on a separate HDD and afterwards, after I was finally done with Gnome (for me it sucks too, but not as much as Windows 7) I installed OpenSuse 11.3 on it. It is still in dualboot, but now I have to HDDs in it, one is running Opensuse and on the other HDD, Windows is farting around.
The first amazing thing about Opensuse I realised, was that it just bound the Windows HDD into Grub, without messing around… it was just there.
So since a few days I thought that I should open my mind and boot Windows, to see what has improved since XP (my last Windows before I left to Linux).
Summary: nothing, really.
The startmenu is still a nightmare.
The system needs driver Cds for anything.
It still asks for everything “are you really sure?”
It is slow… my goodness… Opensuse 11.3 runs like a rocket compared to this!
All the multimedia stuff: watching a movie in .mp4? No Codec. Just the sound in Windows media player… wow, installing VLC: works… in Opensuse? No problem at all with Packman, it plays everything in Kaffeine
for every tiny task you need to install a separate tool on windows. Unbelievable.
The taskbar: I do not understand that. I mean, I have (and I love) KDE on OpenSuse, but what´s that with the taskbar in Windows? Where is the progress? It groups everything together in one Icon. When you have more than one window of the same app open, you really need to search for the particular window you are looking for. Searching on the screen, scrolling and shifting through every window, because you can not see it anymore in the taskbar? Give me a break…
Updates: because it wasn´t booted since… I don´t know… last year (?) it pulled a big load of updates. As this is important, of course, I permitted it to do so. It pulled some 2 or more Gb data and this took ages. After downloading, installing took ages. And you can not do anything beside that. This system has managed to fully slow down a Intel Dual Core with 2x 2,7 Ghz and 6 Gb RAM! Until near standstill. Unbelievable.
Then you need to reboot. And during shutting down, it installs the same number of updates again. And during boot it also installs updates again… and this takes ages again…
So today I bought a USB 3.0 controller and mounted it into the computer. First trial with OpenSuse: no problem at all. This thing is just recognised, plug in the USB 3.0 Harddrive and copy data. Done
On Windows, it takes first of all ages to boot (even slower than “normally”) then it proudly presents a message that the new driver was installed successfully… plugging in the harddrive… nothing happens… trying again… nothing happens… opening the cluttered control panel or whatever, where the hardware manager is… And it shows a tiny little exclamation mark at the USB controller… Okay, driver CD inserted, installed driver… a message comes up that the device could not be installed and might not work. But it works anyway.
So finally: I did not find much difference to Windows XP. It still has next to zero drivers with it, it still has loads of cluttered menus, it is still slow.
The only difference is the taskbar which is now worse than everything I saw before.
Windows still sucks and I am really glad and relieved when the Geeko shows up on the screen and I have my lovely operating system on the screen again, which does what I want and it does it fast, accurate and without bothering me.
sorry, I had to vent some steam…