Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 17:52 UTC
Windows Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pens a rant on Windows 8, calling it 'awful': "I'm now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful. I could have chosen a number of other words - terrible, horrible, painful and execrable all spring to mind - but it doesn't matter, the sentiment is the same." I've been using Windows 8 Release Preview on both my ZenBook and my regular desktop since its release, and here's my short review: "I like it." Issues a-plenty, but for what is essentially a 1.0 release - not bad. It's a hell of a lot better than other releases which were similar in scope (Mac OS X 10.0, KDE 4.0).
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You would think that these abilities largely only concerned the 64-bit version, but no. Idiotically, this includes the 32-bit version as well, instead of being optional.

Requiring NX nowadays actually makes sense regardless of 32 vs 64bit, since it allows one to mitigate quite a few common exploit attack vectors. Given that NX is only available in the PAE format page table, the latter is implicitly required. Furthermore, considering that those features started appearing in x86 CPUs ~8 years ago, and x86-64 even before that, I don't see the requirement as being unreasonable.

Edited 2012-06-17 01:42 UTC

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