Windows 7 Beta on the Dell XPS M1330 Laptop continued…

January 15, 2009

Last night I took the plunge and downloaded the beta release of Windows 7 and installed it on my Dell XPS M1330. This is the story so far:

Regular reads of my blog will know that I like to keep abreast of software and hardware developments as and when they happen and this is how I come to be writing this post from Windows 7. I am not a Windows fan but wanted to know what the new update is like and what Microsoft will eventually be asking customers to shell out more money for.

Ok, the install.

I went for an upgrade from Vista Premium at first which took an amazingly long time to complete, about 2 and a half hours. It ran fine, however the internet refused to work which I worked out was because Zonealarm was installed. So, rather than weed out any other conflicts I decided to do a fresh install, working out at about 45 mins in total. And yes, now the internet is working. Wireless works out of the box also, no drivers needed. Display drivers for the M1330 by Nvidia from Dell also work fine. If I have any problems with any other drivers I’ll be sure to post an update.

Windows 7 on the Dell XPS M1330

Windows 7 on the Dell XPS M1330

For the new features Microsoft lists as new / improved in Windows 7 I will refer you to this wikipedia article.

I will no doubt be referencing these in future posts on this beta release.

For the main part I notice only a few cosmetic differences after using the operating system, but that is only after an hours proper usage.  Battery life does however seem to be improved when running off it.

I am going to set up a special static page on my blog for listing software that works and does not work with this beta.

That’s about it for now, check back for updates as and when they happen.


Windows 7 beta

January 15, 2009

I am currently testing Windows 7 beta on the Dell XPS 1330 laptop.

To be continued tomorrow….


Reasons why Linux beats Windows everytime

September 28, 2008

Found an article of 100 reasons why Linux is a better Operating System than Windows.

Here are my pick of the bunch:

  • You don’t have to “activate” Linux by phone or Internet.
  • If you change your hardware and re-install Linux you don’t have to call someone to justify it.
  • You can install Linux on as many computers as you want.
  • You can give it away to friends and family.
  • You can download it and you can burn disc after disc.
  • You don’t have to enter obscure product keys stuck onto your computer.
  • You don’t have to store product keys for safety.
  • Nobody ever sells a second-hand computer with Linux on it and then has to deal with buyers complaining they were “ripped off” because Microsoft Word isn’t installed.
  • You don’t need to defragment Linux. At all. Ever.
  • You don’t have to worry about viruses
  • Linux is the a major OS in high performance computing. The first computer to break the petaflop barrier – one quadrillion calculations per second – was an IBM supercomputer running Linux.
  • In fact, over 80% of the top 500 supercomputers in the world run Linux. Windows just doesn’t have the capability for high performance computing.
  • Linux will revitalise your old hardware, with snappy performance.
  • It’ll make better use of your modern hardware, too, delivering faster performance and better memory management than Windows.
  • The Linux check for software updates will update everything – not just the operating system or vendor-supplied apps. It will facilitate updating all your software, in one convenient spot.
  • You don’t have to lust after software you can’t afford. The software is given away.  You don’t have to pirate software you can’t afford. The software is given away.
  • Linux doesn’t crash without any apparent reasons. A crashing web browser can’t render your system unusable.
  • Linux doesn’t reboot by itself! Automated software updates won’t force your computer to reboot if you leave it alone for a while. Don’t you hate it when you’re downloading a huge file and go to bed thinking it will be done when you get up just to find Windows sitting at the login prompt again with the cheery “Your computer was rebooted to apply important updates” message?
  • Also contrary to rumour, Linux supports a whole mess of hardware out-of-the-box. There are more drivers bundled with Linux than Windows. You don’t have to resort to finding the vendor’s site or using Windows Update to make things work.
  • Linux brought about the entire Netbook subnotebook market. The Netbook wouldn’t have seen the light of day if it weren’t for a license-free operating system and suite of applications to help slash the price.
  • The open source philosophy protects you from malice due to the inordinate amount of peer review it offers. You wouldn’t have the G-Archiver Trojan stealing Gmail passwords if it were open source, for instance.
  • Linux is released when it is ready. The software is free so there is no pressure to release it before it is ready just to achieve sales targets.
  • You can give Linux to your parents and grandparents and know they’ll have no problems. It will boot fine, let them check e-mail, browse the web, share photos, print and write letters without fear of their online safety or software crashes.
  • Linux is designed by people who genuinely seek to maximise performance, not maximise profits. The overall speed and experience is monumental.
  • Not to mention the large industry-wide backing Linux receives. Such large organisations like IBM and Sun Microsystems and Oracle and Red Hat and Ubuntu are feeding into the advancement of Linux. Yet, only Microsoft is working on Windows. As a result, Linux is advancing beyond what one corporation could achieve and has major enterprises invested in its success.
  • Linux Just Works

Ok, so those are my hand picked reasons from the list.  I basically picked them because they were the more general, universal reasons in the list.  Have a toddle over and read the full 100 at iTWire if the mood takes you.