Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 6th May 2010 21:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The recently released 10.04 version of Ubuntu is the third Long Term Support (LTS) version Canonical has released. I installed this new version on four of my laptops (2 netbooks, 1 normal laptop, 1 portable desktop replacement), and here's my impression of it.
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RE: Dear Vista
by nt_jerkface on Sat 8th May 2010 03:17 UTC in reply to "Dear Vista"
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Seems like Vista never really took off. Poor thing. For me, this was the worst timesharing MS OS since Windows 95, which was even better than Vista in all aspects but BSODs.

Windows 95 used a junky 16 bit kernel and didn't have true multitasking.

The core of 7 is hardly different from Vista. Vista had problems with its initial release but was fixed before SP2. However the tech press wanted to keep bashing it and MS decided to release a new OS instead of trying to fix Vista's image problem.

I must have asked a dozen people exactly what was wrong with Vista and yet none could give an explanation. They just "knew" it was bad even though they couldn't even specify any problems.

I would then show them a benchmark and they would get even more confused. How is this even possible when we have been told so many times that Vista is bad?,

Windows 7 is better than Vista but to say that Vista sucks in comparison just shows ignorance. Most of the changes in 7 are superficial.

Edited 2010-05-08 03:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Dear Vista
by moondevil on Sat 8th May 2010 07:09 in reply to "RE: Dear Vista"
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Windows 95 used a junky 16 bit kernel and didn't have true multitasking.

Oh man! Get at least your facts straight, if you are speaking against Windows.

Windows 95 had a 32 bit pre-emptive kernel.

I like Linux, but I also like Windows, just use the best tool for the job.

If you are going to bash Windows at least learn how to do it properly. Oh man!

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RE[3]: Dear Vista
by nt_jerkface on Sun 9th May 2010 07:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Dear Vista"
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The 32-bit Windows API on DOS-Windows 95/98/ME is built on top of the 16-bit Windows kernel. Much of the functionality of the 32-bit API DLLs (kernel32.dll, user32.dll, gdi32.dll, advapi32.dll, and so forth) is provided by thunking from 32-bit to 16-bit and calling into the 16-bit Windows kernel, grabbing a global mutual exclusion semaphore known as "Win16Mutex" (that prevents multiple threads from executing in the 16-bit Windows kernel concurrently) for the duration.

Pre-emptive multitasking was only for 32 bit code. 16 bit programs were common and forced the system to multitask cooperatively. They also shared their own address space.

Edited 2010-05-09 07:13 UTC

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