Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2008 21:06 UTC, submitted by Research Staff
Windows "If you've been paying attention to the various industry news outlets you've no doubt come across the story about the Microsoft engineer advocating Windows Server 2008 as a 'workstation' OS. According to him, if you make the right tweaks - installing the Desktop Experience feature, adding a few missing utilities, tuning the scheduler - you can turn Server 2008 into a fairly convincing Vista knock-off, one that's faster and more scalable than the original. Curious, we decided to see for ourselves just how well Server 2008 stacks-up to Vista with SP1." In addition, ExtremeTech has an article on Vista SP1 performance.
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I downloaded and installed Windows Server 2008 Standard 32bit on my iMac (late 2007) today. Movies, DirectX games and music work fine. You could even install Windows Media Player and Aero if you wanted to.

Then I installed graphics and sound drivers. Now it runs Team Fortress 2 even a bit faster than it did on Windows XP. (Timedemo 56.41 FPS vs. 58.56 FPS).

After this quick testdrive I am quite impressed. A "free", modern, fast Windows without all the crap installed. Yay! ;)

Edited 2008-03-08 00:07 UTC

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