Posted by: nemesisgeneral | September 5, 2008

Windows Vista Grievances, cont…

I have decided to make this Windows Vista Problems a multi-part post.  In my last post, I talked about the GUI of Windows Vista and the problems with that.  Now, obviously there are more problems than just that.  One such problem exists with the file system used.  I haven’t done enough research to know if it is the same as XP, just upgraded, but whatever they did to it, it stinks.  Loading files is extremely slow, folders take ages to open, and this is on a fairly new, not top of the line now, but fairly new, machine.  It shouldn’t be happening.  I read somewhere that professionals are encouraging everyone to “make the switch to Vista”.  This means Businesses, Personal, most Schools, and possibly Government.  Why are we encouraging this?  If you search Windows Vista on the web, I can almost guarantee that the first result will not be a fan site.  The second will probably not be either.  Why is this?  Is Microsoft losing their touch?  Did they ever really have a touch?  I believe they did, before 1995, but those days are long gone with the releases of 98, XP, and now Vista.  I bet if we compared a graph, usership would be going down, and consumer happiness is going down with it.  However, Linux and Macintosh are slowly gaining on Microsoft in user friendliness, compatability, speed, and ease of use.  Will there ever be a Microsoft free world?  Is this a possible future?  I believe that someday Microsoft and WIndows OS will soon be a hushed discussion, talked about only by computer nerds, and seen at historic OS conventions.  We can make this happen.  If we keep developing Linux, perfect it, make it the best experience that you could have while using a computer.

I predict that in 50 years, Windows could be a thing of the past.  Maybe even 25 years.  If Microsoft keeps following in the path they are taking now, who knows what kind of computer we will have to buy in five, ten, twenty years.  Are we going to need computing beasts, just to run a few simple word processing and internet browsing programs?  Are we going to lower our computing power standards?  I think not.  It has always been the goal of Linux and BSD based distrobutions to create an awesome user experience at no cost (with the exception of a few) and keep the resource use at a minimal level.  If we continue to use the Windows, all we will find is closed doors.  Linux is a clear box, and if we continue to develop it to perfection and for the use of our kids and future generations, we will live in a secure, safer, faster computing world.  Imagine how much money a company could save if they switched to, say, Fedora, and quit using Windows completely.  They could use slower machines for longer, have less need for newer machines less often, not have to pay hundreds of dollars for Office, Windows, Antivirus/Spyware, Firewalls, and other enterprise applications for each computer, but they would have free open source software that would cost $0.  That’s it.  The software can be easily used, changed, and perfected to the exact needs of each department, or individual in the company.  Imagine the possibilities of a free, open source world.

Posted by: nemesisgeneral | September 1, 2008

Why I don’t like Windows Vista

Windows Vista.  The latest operating system release from Microsoft.  Microsoft is supposedly planning to stop releasing Service Packs and stop supporting Windows XP sometime in the near future.  I don’t know when the full transition is expected to take place, but anyone using Windows XP better prepare to be forced to use Windows Vista very soon.  It’s very rare to find any new computer (with the exception of business computers) that come with Windows XP.  Some people absolutely love it, but there have been numerous, countless, problems with this “revolutionary” operating system.  I have one home computer that we bought new about a year ago, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD.  It is already outdated by Windows Vista.  I have my Intel Centrino Compaq HP that runs Fluxbuntu at just a slightly slower speed.  Why is this?  Because if you haven’t already figured it out, Windows Vista is a big, fat, eye-candy loaded resource hog.  I can run a game in Vista, it takes up almost all of the RAM because there is so much background stuff going on.

When I run a few programs, such as the now bloated Microsoft Office 12, and maybe Photoshop, along with the Aero window theme, the glass look, and the Windows Sidebar, my computer shows signs of aging and slows to an unbelievable pace!  Yet, all of my computers that run various Flavors of Ubuntu (Ubuntu, Fluxbuntu, Xubuntu) still go at an awesome pace for how old these machines are.  All of these machines are at least three years old, but they run just as fast as Windows Vista.  The only thing I can see in Windows Vista is Windows XP with a super bloated graphical theme.  Is this Revolutionary?  No.  Ubuntu and various other Linux Distros have been able to skin the window manager and have thousands of other ways to customize your box.  There are tons of Mac-like themes, Aero themes, and tons of other amazing themes.  All of this, and my Linux still runs faster, with the same look and similar programs.  Another bonus to Linux: It’s free.  That’s about two-hundred dollars cheaper then Vista.

If you think this is too late, I needed time to test Vista, and Ubuntu and find many of the disturbing realities of Vista.  It’s bloated and not worth your money.  I wouldn’t take it for free either.  There you go.  That’s my Windows Vista rant.

Posted by: nemesisgeneral | August 30, 2008

Sorry for the wait

I have been back in school, and I have had less time to come on here and put up new posts.  I have not yet installed Xubuntu on my Cardboard computer, but I am designing a website right now using various image manipulation and web design programs such as GIMP, Photoshop, KompoZer, and Dreamweaver.  I will post some pics and maybe host it throught one of the free services that I have found, such as Freeservers, or Bravenet.  I will let you know when I have it up and running.

Posted by: nemesisgeneral | August 20, 2008

Cardboard + Xubuntu = ?

What will come of this combination?  I have downloaded and made a bootable CD of Xubuntu 8.04 and I plan to install it on my Cardboard Computer when I get home from work today.  I hope it doesn’t take all night, but we’ll see I guess.  And yes, if you haven’t already figured it out, I am a fan of low resource Ubuntu flavors :).  I hope that it will run it, and I’m pretty sure it has enough RAM to run Xubuntu.  More updates after I get it installed.

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