Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 08:41 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows A little earlier than expected, Microsoft has already released the Windows 7 release candidate to the general public. The Redmond company had already put the RC up for download on TechNet and MSDN, but from now on, everyone can download it. I've already updated all my Windows machines to the RC, so let's take a quick look at what I found. Note: The Windows XP Mode beta is also set to arrive today, but has not yet been made available. We'll update this item accordingly once it's released. Update: The Windows XP Mode beta is also available. Get it now!
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Comment by averycfay
by averycfay on Tue 5th May 2009 09:22 UTC
averycfay
Member since:
2005-08-29

Windows 7 will mean the end of driver hunts after installing a fresh copy of Windows, and it has certainly closed the gap with Linux on this one.

Well, sure when it's released. The problem is that Microsoft OS updates are few and far between whereas Linux (at least Ubuntu and Fedora) are updated quite regularly. Six months after Windows 7 is released, you're going to need to use driver disks again.

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RE: Comment by averycfay
by Morgan on Tue 5th May 2009 09:27 in reply to "Comment by averycfay"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The problem is that Microsoft OS updates are few and far between whereas Linux (at least Ubuntu and Fedora) are updated quite regularly.



Just curious, why only these two distros? I was under the impression that driver support was in the kernel, which is independent of any particular distribution's update schedule. I'm not disagreeing with you, by the way; I feel as you do that Windows is historically not updated nearly often enough, just puzzled by your example.

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RE[2]: Comment by averycfay
by averycfay on Tue 5th May 2009 09:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by averycfay"
averycfay Member since:
2005-08-29

No reason. I just named Ubuntu and Fedora because they're popular. Almost any distro is updated far more frequently than Windows.

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RE: Comment by averycfay
by miscz on Tue 5th May 2009 10:32 in reply to "Comment by averycfay"
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

Unless it's your network adapter that needs drivers you can get almost any driver from Windows Update automagically.

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RE: Comment by averycfay
by google_ninja on Tue 5th May 2009 12:10 in reply to "Comment by averycfay"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

It was like that in xp. Vista had more drivers in windows update, and they were updated more regularily. Windows 7 has even more.

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RE[2]: Comment by averycfay
by zlynx on Tue 5th May 2009 14:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by averycfay"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

The Windows Update drivers were a bad experience for me. I have two different computers where if I allow certain Update drivers to install, the computer becomes a brick. System Restore gets it back, but it makes me wonder if MS does any testing at all on those drivers.

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