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Windows 7 upgrade plans leaked

February 12, 2009 Leave a comment

MICROSOFT INTENDS to minimise the number of potential new customers delaying their computer purchasing decisions because of the impending launch of Windows 7, by offering what some commentators are assuming will be free upgrades from Vista.

A leaked draft document which was distributed to OEMs, and sneakily acquired by Techarp, gives details of what is currently being called the ‘Windows 7 Upgrade Program’.

The programme is firmly aimed at consumers and includes no support for multiple upgrades for enterprise. Companies will be asked to use the volume licensing programme, details of which will be released at a later date.

The biggest kick in the teeth, however, will be for anyone who decided not to stump up the extra cash for one of Microsft’s top-tier operating systems.

Anyone cheap enough to go for Vista Home Basic, Vista Starter Edition or XP will be left out in the cold when Windows 7 rolls into town.

The only viable upgrade paths are:

Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium
Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional and
Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate

There are no details of costings, either to OEMs or end users, and Microsoft is leaving it up to individual partners to decide how to provide qualifying customers with details of possible upgrades.


Categories: Windows

A comparison of Linux and Windows

March 23, 2006 Leave a comment

TOPICS: Flavors, Graphical User Interface, Text Mode Interface, Cost, Getting the Operating System, Running from CD, Application Software, Obtaining Application Software, Application Software Installation, Viruses and Spyware, Users and Passwords, Bugs, Is It Soup Yet?, He’s Dead Jim, Software Restrictions, Supported Hardware Devices, Hardware the OS Runs On, Clustering, Multiple Users, Networking, Hard Disk Partitions, Swap Files, File Systems, File Hierarchy, Hidden Files, Case, Modems, Scripting, Printer Drivers, Help, User Data, Shutting Down, Choosing Linux vs. Windows, Related Links

Flavors: (revised Jan.2004) Both Windows and Linux come in many flavors. All the flavors of Windows come from Microsoft, the various distributions of Linux come from different companies (i.e. Linspire, Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Knoppix, Slackware, Lycoris). Windows has two main lines: “Win9x”, which consists of Windows 95, 98, 98SE and Me, and “NT class” which consists of Windows NT, 2000 and XP. Windows actually started, in the old days, with version 3.x which pre-dated Windows 95 by a few years.

The flavors of Linux are referred to as distributions (often shortened to “distros”). All the Linux distributions released around the same time frame will use the same kernel (the guts of the Operating System). They differ in the add-on software provided, GUI, install process, price, documentation and technical support. Both Linux and Windows come in desktop and server editions.

There may be too many distributions of Linux, it’s possible that this is hurting Linux in the marketplace. It could be that the lack of a Linux distro from a major computer company is also hurting it in the marketplace. Perhaps this will change with Novell’s purchase of SuSE. IBM is a big Linux backer but does not have their own branded distribution.

Linux is customizable in a way that Windows is not. There are many special purpose versions of Linux above and beyond the full blown distributions described above. For example, NASLite is a version of Linux that runs off a single floppy disk and converts an old computer into a file server. This ultra small edition of Linux is capable of networking, file sharing and being a web server.

[Articles coutesy of Michael Horowitz].

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Categories: Linux, Windows