Microsoft alters Windows 7 Starter rules

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Since announcing last month that its Windows 7 Starter edition would have severe limitations, Microsoft executives have changed their minds, promising to remove crucial application limits.

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The reason those boneheads at Microsoft are struggling is because netbook hardware is dictating leaner operating system requirements which can’t be met with their bloated Vista and Windows 7 junk. For too long Microsoft has forced people to upgrade their hardware to run a new OS - Netbooks have changed all that. Non-Microsoft alternatives are looking better all the time. I use openSUSE 11.1 and it blows away all that windows junk and works the way I want.

well… that was a quick and wise move from M$… WHAT THE HELL where they thinking limiting the number of simutaneously running programs? If I wan to buy a device that limits the number of apps I’m running at once, then I’ll buy a Gameboy!!!

Ahah, it seemed obvious that they would have to remove the stupid 3 applications limit. Now, for the next big question: will Win 7 work any good on a netbook? Stay tuned.

And what will happen to the big screen netbooks? They can’t run the cheaper Win 7 Starter, because MS doesn’t allow it? What will they run? Nothing? Linux? Interesting times ahead…

I’ll take that windows junk over command lines just to open a folder anytime :slight_smile:

Are you talking about Linux, in this case, OpenSuse? If so, are you serious? If you are, please note that you are being nonsensical.

Windows doesn’t hold any obvious advantage over Linux, except number of applications available and drivers for some hardware, for which, usually, there are alternatives.

I hope you’re kidding Hemi, you haven’t had to command line in Linux to open a folder for a couple of years. Well, as long as you get a decent distro anyway.

One stupid limitation gone, one stupid limitation remaining:

"Windows 7 Starter does not include:

[ul]
[li]Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes." [/li][/ul]
I absolutely need a way to turn off some of those annoying sounds Windows makes whenever you touch a key, move the mouse, don’t move the mouse or just breathe.

So still no Windows 7 Starter Edition for me, thanks.

I was only being cynical, given the fact that it was like that a few years back… other than that, just to get used to the new interface, the new way of thinking, the new way of executing files, the new ways to make do what i wanna do, and find the alternatives, it will take me a long time, which will eventually cost much more that the 300E i need to do things efficiently just the way i do now.

If i were back in my university days, when time was plenty, and linux were as friendly as it is now (and not as it was back in 1996) then i would have given it a try again

You are so outdated on the current state of Linux distros. Seriously. There’s very little difference, GUI and user-experience wise, between most common Linux distros and, say, Windows XP. Things are done mostly the same way. Of course Linux gives you plenty more choices because there are tons of distros, geared to different audiences. But, if what you want is an experience similar to XP GUI, you can find it.

I am a dinosaur and very hesitant to try Linux based OS’s…is it really all propaganda from MS as to the very LARGE numbers of netbooks being returned with linux based os’s? I want to replace my laptop with a netbook, but I’m gonna wait and see what shakes from the tree when W7 is actually released on the world How much will it actually cost?, will it be bloatware?, and as much as I hate it, will MS allow some upgrade path (extra $$ yuck) to a 'Pro" version of the os for a netbook. Lastly can’t seem to get my head around why netbook mfgrs won’t allow more than 2gb of memory…does more memory really eat up battery time? or what?

I can’t get my head around why you would need over 2GB of memory for checking email and surfing the internet.

I myself am a Windows junkie and truely don’t know why the move to Linux is such a terrible thing to do?

There are a multitude of Linux Live CD operating systems that are run from your DVD/CD not changing anything on your Windows computer to allow those of us who might be swayed to take the leap to free open source .

I don’t plan on upgrading to vista or win7,so I hopeXP lasts awhile or I get over my fear of using Linux.

I have heard that Ubuntu Linux is similiar to the experience of running windows?

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No. Ubuntu is not similar to running XP. However a branch of it, named Linux Mint, is similar and competitive to Windows.

What’s a “Distro”? Imagine having to learn a whole new language. Forget it. I know everyone hates M$ but when you think about it, for the price of the software and considering you can spend $2000 on a decent CAD program, my point is that some of the programs should be able to run on a computer without using an O.S. I use Rhino3d, a great CAD Modeling program, with all the bells and whistles Rhino could easily run up to $3000 with all the plug-ins. For that price, it should be able to run on a computer that is blank. Stick in the DVD and run, no OS except what came with the program. That would be something. A couple of button pushes to get to the program you want which is completely separated from every other program on your computer. Bottom line, for the $100 bucks you spend on a program that ties it all together, it really isn’t all that much.

I don’t think that M$ will make everyone happy till they can masturbate you with the click of a mouse button.

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I don’t think that M$ will make everyone happy till they can masturbate you with the click of a mouse button.[/QUOTE]

That certainly would require use of a Microsoft mouse though. What about those of us who use Logitech mice?

I imagine any USB Mouse would be compatible, or USB Gerbil for others.

[QUOTE=Zathros;2410344]What’s a “Distro”? Imagine having to learn a whole new language. Forget it. I know everyone hates M$ but when you think about it, for the price of the software and considering you can spend $2000 on a decent CAD program, my point is that some of the programs should be able to run on a computer without using an O.S. I use Rhino3d, a great CAD Modeling program, with all the bells and whistles Rhino could easily run up to $3000 with all the plug-ins. For that price, it should be able to run on a computer that is blank. Stick in the DVD and run, no OS except what came with the program. That would be something. A couple of button pushes to get to the program you want which is completely separated from every other program on your computer. Bottom line, for the $100 bucks you spend on a program that ties it all together, it really isn’t all that much.

I don’t think that M$ will make everyone happy till they can masturbate you with the click of a mouse button.[/QUOTE]
Rotflmao :iagree:

Apart from games and specialist programs, most people could just as easily use a linux distro, and forget that Microsoft ever existed :iagree:
The server world has :stuck_out_tongue:

[QUOTE=DrageMester;2314159]One stupid limitation gone, one stupid limitation remaining:

"Windows 7 Starter does not include:

[ul]
[li]Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes."
[/li][/ul]
[/QUOTE]

Wait a minute. These files are permanently hard locked on my harddisk? Yeah right… as if there won’t be a tool available to completely open up that limitation.

Given microsoft the difference between the various versions will probably be one stupid dll file or something … again…

[QUOTE=Zathros;2410344]For that price, it should be able to run on a computer that is blank.[/QUOTE] Tell the programmers of your product to program their tool only in the assembly language plus write their complete own library on how to handle things like a mouse, a usb writer and every other piece of hardware (in assembly only of course).

When you have that, you only need a method to push those assembly commands to the cpu and you’re done.

Pro: Your program will be insanely fast, i can safely assume 1500% faster than now.

Con: Debugging the product is not a bitch,… it’s gonna be the most evil dangerous hellspawn creature you ever can fathom multiplied by a million.