I am not a sucker. In my previous article I mentioned how you can legally use Windows 7 until March 2010 absolutely FREE! But, what then? I have read, but cannot confirm, that Windows 7 will be more expensive than Vista. I have installed the “Ultimate” version of Windows 7. The “Ultimate” version of Vista is priced at $400. Who, in their right mind, would shell out this kind of money when a better alternative is available for FREE? Microsoft hopes that you will install a bunch of Windows programs and the upgrade will become essential instead of optional. I am bot falling for that.
After living with Windows 7 for two weeks I decided that while it works pretty good, there was no point in continuing to use it when I knew that eventually it would be discarded in favor of a GNU/Linux distro. Which One?
Fedora 11 will be released in about a week. I tried some pre-release “test spins” of this distro and consistently had problems of having my monitor recognized. I resolved the problems but was disappointed with with the selection of default applications. The latest version of GNOME hides some features I love, but it is strange that I had to consult some Ubuntu forums to resolve a Fedora problem.
Of course there’s the Ubuntu 9.04 release. This is certainly a contender but why not install an “improved” version like “Super OS” or” Linux Mint”? These derivatives pre-install some software and codecs that you’re going to want anyway.
At this moment, I am using the release candidate of Linux Mint 7 running off a flash drive, I will wait a few days before making a permanent install of some version of GNU/Linux. Reader comments would be appreciated.