Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE[2]: Meh.
by OddFox on Thu 27th Aug 2009 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh."
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But honestly, how many people do you know who are the type to give Linux a try would enjoy using old software? Sure it works, but when you see release announcements talking about all these cool new features that are simply unavailable on your aging installation you are going to start feeling like you're missing out on things, because you are.

The upgrade path for Microsoft operating systems is getting better. There's far less fiddling around with the system on a fresh install of Windows 7, thanks in large part to Microsoft's efforts to provide vendor drivers directly through Windows Update in a more reliable fashion than they've done before. The defaults are much more sane and things just tend to work.

I've been using Linux for a long time as a hobby, since about Mandrake 8.1 or 8.2. Things are definitely getting a lot easier with upgrading your distribution, especially if you use something like Gentoo or Arch which is that whole rolling release type thing. I would posit that the biggest problems with new setups of Linux distros would be things like the graphics server, and providing reliable graphics drivers. For example, my GeForce 9600 GT absolutely does not play nice at all with any of the NVidia drivers provided by Ubuntu and most other distros (They all seem to provide the 180 series, when the 185 series has been out for a long time and the 190 series is almost out the door). The system hard locks, and whether I am able to SSH in to fix the problem or not is not something I care about anymore. For me, anytime I install Linux on my box these days I have to make sure that I find some way to install newer drivers not provided in the official repositories. I must be a very fringe case because it happens without fail using those drivers.

Honestly, it's the biggest thing keeping me from switching to Linux entirely right now, even though I love Windows 7 as far as Windows goes. I'd like to see Xorg development try to incorporate a lot of the improvements Microsoft has implemented in their own graphics services. If the driver craps out, restart it, don't take the whole system down (Or X, either way I'm out any of the things I was viewing/working on at the time of the error). If a program (Read: games mostly played thru Wine) craps out, don't ruin my resolution and drop me to a garbled 800x600 version of my screen which helpfully lets me pan around, so I can open up a terminal and use xrandr to get it back to where it should be. If I want to upgrade my graphics driver, allow me to do it in-place so I don't have to either restart my X server or restart the system entirely. Basically everything Thom was talking about in that article about what Linux and Xorg could learn from the 7 graphics stack I agreed with 100%.

And can people please stop saying that Windows 7 is "mostly a cosmetic" and/or "marketing change for Vista"? People who say these things are completely ignoring the vast amount of under-the-hood changes and additions to the system. Windows 7 isn't just a new Control Panel and some trippy default themes, there are real and important changes that make things run a lot better, not the least of which being the changes to DWM that allow it to use far less memory than it was under Vista. If you can tell me that a list as comprehensive as this one: proves that Windows 7 is a minor cosmetic and marketing change, then I have to ask what world you are living on? Even if these changes don't specifically apply to you and your usage, they are there for people to take advantage of.

This is OSNews, and I would figure OS enthusiasts would be able to analyze and appreciate new things brought to the table.

P.S. -- For a lot of desktop users, sticking with an old Linux distribution is less than desirable, especially if you aren't the kind who enjoys manually installing and maintaining things like your video drivers. Sure you could keep using your old driver with your old kernel, but as a result you end up missing out on new features (Like VDPAU) and performance/bug fixes unless your distributor or someone else goes out of their way for you to backport these.

Edited 2009-08-27 00:10 UTC

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