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Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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by darknexus on Sun 9th May 2010 13:25 UTC
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Well, I'm not sure if the cracks are starting to show on Ubuntu just yet. If there are going to be serious cracks though, they're going to hit soon probably in the 10.10 release. I'll wait until I actually use them hands-on, but the removal of the notification area and those windicator things don't really seem to make good design sense.
As for Windows 7 though, I'm probably one of the few that doesn't think very highly of it. The best I can say about is that it's better than Vista, but that's not what I personally consider praise. Its stability is fine even though its resource and disk space usage seem to be a bit on the high side as compared to most Linux-based oses, and all that disk usage without actually providing any useful applications like an email or messenger client (to get those you must download them separately, so why on earth does 7 take up 6.5 gb of disk space on a fresh install?). I could live with that though, what bugs me about 7 is the UI. I didn't like Vista's UI, so for the most part I don't much care for 7's. The dock-like taskbar is nice, but the rest of it just feels overweight and clunky. I'm sure it *looks* slick (can't tell myself, being blind as a bat and all), but to me it feels slow. That's one of the reasons I don't use it, the other being the artificially crippled nature of it. All os components are installed, even with Starter that comes with some netbooks. All of them. They take up space on my disk, yet I can't remove them without resorting to unsupported hacks, but I also can't use them because of Microsoft's artificial limitations. Granted the majority of home users aren't going to care about this bit, but oh well this is from my viewpoint isn't it? The final reason is WGA or whatever the new name is for it. I'm sick of updates to activation telling me I have a pirated copy of Windows. I do not, pure and simple. Add those three reasons all up and Windows 7 is just more annoying to me than it's worth. Ymmv, this is just how I feel about it.

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