Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 20:50 UTC
Windows As if per clockwork, the release candidate builds for Windows 7 (both 32bit and 64bit) have been leaked onto the web. "The highly anticipated release candidate build of Windows 7 has been leaked and its authenticity is entirely undisputed. First looks reveal nothing significantly new or different, but if you've been wanting to get a vibe of how far Windows 7 has come since the public beta, especially performance, this is the build to get."
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Widows 7?
by andy_js on Fri 24th Apr 2009 21:03 UTC
andy_js
Member since:
2008-02-29

Widows 7?

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RE: Widows 7?
by fretinator on Fri 24th Apr 2009 21:07 UTC in reply to "Widows 7?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

It's part of their new slogan, "Life Without Wills"

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My short Mini-Review/Opinion piece
by kragil on Sun 26th Apr 2009 13:15 UTC in reply to "Widows 7?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Windows 7 ( Microsoft Windows Version 6.1 )

I installed it and all my hardware was working except sound but Windows grabbed a driver own its on via update.
Out of the box it had a average web browser and a media player that now supports DivX, but not Xvid or any other popular "open" formats.
I installed Firefox played with the new taskbar, which is quite nice although I really dislike that you cannot make it smaller. I hate autohiding, so this is small screen nogo for me.(Netbooks etc.)
Resource usage is acceptable, although not great. Windows 7 is far from being a lean system.
For some websites I had to install the latest Flash player also. I like widgets, but I don't like these widgets, because they are too basic. Just 2 sizes? Akward positioning etc.
I stopped my test when it asked me to install Acrobat Reader for viewing a PDF file. That is when I came to the conclusion, that transforming it into a usable system would require me to search, download and install numerous programs and tweaks.(Not _my_ cup of tea. Not anymore.)

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Tomasz Dominikowski Member since:
2005-08-08

If you don't like that the taskbar is taking so much space, just move it to the left or right vertical placement. That way you lose less space on a typical netbook screen.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

I know that and I do something similar on my FullHD monitor. And technically you are right I loose less pixels that way, BUT I don't have 1024 pixels in horizontal anymore. So many websites demand 1024 pixels that your suggestion is no real solution.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You CAN make the taskbar smaller, it's what I do on my netbook. Right click taskbar, properties, check "Use small icons".

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to find that out.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Thank you, I didn't see that in my short testing.(TBH I just did a quick look for size (Gnome etc) or squeezing it with my mouse (KDE4))

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makc Member since:
2006-01-11

...although I really dislike that you cannot make it smaller.


Edit: Already replied

Edited 2009-04-27 21:18 UTC

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v 3 Service Packs to go!
by Moredhas on Fri 24th Apr 2009 21:30 UTC
RE: 3 Service Packs to go!
by ronaldst on Fri 24th Apr 2009 22:11 UTC in reply to "3 Service Packs to go!"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Now it's just three service packs away from being remotely usable! Okay, that's a little unfair... You can conceivably sleep on a bed of nails and call it "usable". How about saying "three service packs away from not causing aneurysms"?

With all that and yet Windows is still going to be ahead of the pack. How awesome is that! ;)

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RE[2]: 3 Service Packs to go!
by Moredhas on Sat 25th Apr 2009 00:10 UTC in reply to "RE: 3 Service Packs to go!"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

It's as awesome as winning a gold medal in a marathon after slashing your opponents' Achilles tendons and downing a whole pharmacy of steroids!

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RE[3]: 3 Service Packs to go!
by testman on Sat 25th Apr 2009 05:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 3 Service Packs to go!"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

Its as awesome as winning a gold medal in a marathon where the other opponents are in wheelchairs (but will learn to walk in the next release).

Seriously though, Win7 -- if the pre-releases are anything to go by -- will need little in the way of SPs. Its shaping up to be a fine product.

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RE[4]: 3 Service Packs to go!
by ShadesFox on Sat 25th Apr 2009 05:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 3 Service Packs to go!"
ShadesFox Member since:
2006-10-01

You know, I keep hearing that about every Windows release, before it is actually released. Even the ones that bomb. I think it has something to do with the fact that the Beta/RC versions of Windows is only used by those who actually know what they are doing, rather then the public at large.

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RE[5]: 3 Service Packs to go!
by Tuishimi on Sat 25th Apr 2009 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 3 Service Packs to go!"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Hmmm. You might have a point there. I was about to say "But really! This is a very nice product so far!" But I am one of those wieners that runs Windows, OS X, Linux and BeOS whenever, on whatever I can.

[off-topic]

Btw, has anyone here picked up an EFIX or a Psystar system and used it with OS X? How is that? I'd love to see an article from one of the regulars here on OS News who has actually used one of those.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Then you are listening to the wrong oracles. Everyone and their dog said Windows Me & Vista were horrible. Most people praised 98, 2000 & XP. But for me, its not an issue. Windows just isn't built for me. I'm now one of those anal types that wants to be able to change my computer to my liking. All of the software I care about is primarily written for Linux with windows being an after thought ( firefox, any non .Net language, LAMP stuff, Gnu Utilities). I understand I'm not in microsoft's target demographic. I'm glad at least their products are getting better for everyone else.

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EPIC'ish WIN
by v_bobok on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:57 UTC
v_bobok
Member since:
2008-08-01

"Leaked" Aha, aha.
They know how use these days' torrent-o-mania for their goals. I looove MS ;-)

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