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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visconde_de_sabugosa
Member since:
2005-11-14

Sorry, but for me it is not very smart to buy an expensive new windows incompatible with your legacy windows applications to run them using a XP virtualized...

Or you stay with Windows XP forever or you can use NOW linux as desktop and run your legacy applications on a virtual machine with XP inside. There are many free virtualization solutions like virtualbox, vmare server and player, etc.

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

Sorry, but for me it is not very smart to buy an expensive new windows incompatible with your legacy windows applications to run them using a XP virtualized...

The thing is, I don't take all the decisions around here and I doubt very many system administrators do. You have to remember that running XP in a virtual machine under Linux still requires (in some of my bosses minds at least) an XP license and support contract. Why bother when you can buy the license and support contract for one operating system and have support and licenses for both?

In the end, we buy laptop and desktop machines with Windows pre-installed. Why bother reverting to XP when the new system, which already comes installed anyway, supports your legacy code?

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marcelkoopman Member since:
2007-03-23

I understand your point of support. However you are I believe referring to application support instead of OS support. You could view it as a lack of development insight to write applications that are tightly coupled to a certain OS. This is why JAVA is so important, write once run everywhere. But this doesnt help you I know. Just my two cents.

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