Lately, a lot of technology-deficient people have been asking be about Windows 7. Apparently everyone is extremely eager to get off of Vista as soon as possible. I can tell you right now, that the sales of the next release of Windows will be nothing like those of the current one. Next release is going to fly of the shelves and sell like hotcakes because the unwashed masses can’t wait to get rid of this piece of shit that is currently making their dual core computers with maxed out RAM run as if they were using hardware that was built in 1995.
The common folk has developed an unparamount hatred for Vista. Get this, they actually hate it more than we do. How funny is that? Normal people hating a Microsoft product more than Linux geeks – I didn’t think I would live to see this day. Of course they are not ready to switch to another OS – let’s not be crazy here. They are still deeply locked into the MS monoculture. But they fucking had it with Vista and they want a new shiny OS from Microsoft that doesn’t suck. Let’s face it, the Vista experience is rather painful.
So they come to me, and ask me about Windows 7 cause I am “the computer guy”. So for the record, I just wanted to say that I have not downloaded and installed the Windows 7 Beta. I have no clue how is it going to run on your system, and I don’t know what are it’s new features. All I know is that they did not scrap Vista code completely so it will still suck underneath the hood. It also seems to be suffering from the same syndrome that Vista had in it’s early development – it will probably ship with the quarter of the promised features, and 80% more useless UI bullshit that doesn’t fucking matter.
Still, it will probably be slight improvement over Vista:
Every review of the beta I read, failed to tell me anything substantial about the new OS. It’s probably still to early to talk about performance, but supposedly it is not that much different that Vista. If you are expecting it to be faster, then you will probably be disappointed. On the upside, the beta testers did not see any excessive bloat either.
Which means that all these people who are waiting for Vista to save them from shitty performance issues are in for surprise. Or maybe not – perhaps Moores law will bail them out. If Microsoft manages not to make W7 any slower than it already is the hardware is going to catch up and it will feel faster when run on the new computers. Maybe…
Most reviews keep talking about the silly new UI tweaks. Apparently MS Paint is getting a Ribbon interface. Whooptie do! Who the fuck cares?
Here is my take on Windows – it used to be a decent gaming platform. Unfortunately, Vista made it sluggish and unresponsive. These days it is common knowledge that the same game will run twice as slow under Vista than on XP. In other words, if you are building a gaming rig you need much more expensive hardware if you are planning to run Vista on it, just to get he same frame rate and speed as you used to get on XP. That in itself probably wouldn’t kill the PC gaming market – just undermine it a bit.
Unfortunately there seems to be some sort of joint effort perpetuated by the top gaming publishers who try to sabotage PC gaming with draconian DRM, sloppy ports from consoles and plain old hostility towards end users. Consoles (other than Playstation) are getting more games, more mainstream interest and they are much cheaper to buy and maintain than a decent gaming PC. Can you detect a pattern here? If things continue going he way they are, PC will become less and less attractive platform to both gamers and game manufacturers.
If the PC gaming market shits away from the PC and I can’t find any decent new games to put on my computer, then I will no longer have a good reason to keep windows around. Seriously – I don’t actually need that OS. I don’t really care what happens to it. Linux meets all my other needs just fine. In my honest opinion, we would all be much better off if Microsoft dropped dead tomorrow. They have been brutally ass-raping their own users for so long now, that no one notices anymore. Most windows users think that the pain in the lower back is just the normal Windows end user experience. If Microsoft was not around we would probably store all our documents in open, standardized formats most of the WWW would be W3C compliant or close to it, DRM would be a non issue (due to multitude of different platforms) and hardware vendors would be forced publish their specifications so that their stuff can be supported under most OS’s.
I really think world would be a much better place without Microsoft and Windows. So you are really asking the wrong guy about this stuff.