Windows 7 - Facts and rumor

By mOrPhie on Wednesday 22 October 2008 22:55 - Comments (21)
Categories: operatingsystems, techrelated, Views: 5.816

The next version of Windows is dubbed "Windows 7". These are some facts and rumors I came across. Please feel free to add or correct. I'm only human.

What is MinWin?
Windows 7 will include a new kernel, but MinWin is not that kernel. MinWin is a strip down of Windows to a complete minimum to create a "clear architectural layer". It is 25megs big and runs on 40megs of memory. It actually is the core of Windows 7. The MinWin layer is part of the Windows 7 code base. See Currently MinWin is referred to as "Windows 7 Core". The result. No more useless HD-activity. No more strange slowdowns in copying data. Etc...

So what is the kernel?
Well, that remains uncertain. Vista's version is "Version 6.0". The screenshots of Windows 7 builds show "Version 6.1" as the version. Not much of a 7 there. According to Eric Traut it should be Version 7.0. But maybe the early versions didn't include the new kernel, or maybe even the new core yet. We'll find out soon.

Is it Vista?
Yes it is. Windows blackcomb/longhorn (for those who still remember) was supposed to be a complete new Windows. The .NET runtime would be the core of a lot of applications. Avalon, Indigo. It al became part of the .NET Framework and was purged from the Windows project. Windows 7 is no different. Steve Ballmer said: "It's Vista, but a whole lot better".

Major differences with vista?
• No legacy User Interfaces anymore. Wordpad, Notepad and Paint get the ribbon interface instead of the file-edit-view bar. Even the UI of calculator is rewritten.
• The UAC interface will be optimized.
Windows 7 will include multitouch. Asus is even going to release a multitouch EeePC by the end of 2009. (Woohoo!)
• Speed ups. A major feature (go figure) of Windows 7 will be that it will offer just as much (and more) as Vista, but with betters speeds and less clutter. This is still a bit "rumory", but the use of a new kernel, a Windows 7 Core and the Vista fail, we can safely say Microsoft wants to clean up a mess.

Next week at the PDC, previews of Windows 7 will be released. According to softpedia, the release will be at July 2009. Sound pretty darn fast to me, but then again: maybe it's good to forget about vista and start incrementally update a system that is build with a vision and build to last. Who knows?

Final words
Be cautious with optimism. We must learn from the past. Microsoft did promise us a new world of personal computing before and Vista was the result. Gladly, Microsoft is being far more realistic about the future nowadays. is a nice blog by the Windows 7 team to keep up with their plans.

The reason why Linux's desktop market-share is 1%

By mOrPhie on Monday 11 August 2008 17:15 - Comments (42)
Categories: life, operatingsystems, Views: 6.119

Typical conversations with a relative about his or her computer which, because of you, runs Ubuntu: "Can I have MSN on my Laptop?" "You have" "No, this is not MSN. On Kates' laptop it looks different." "I can't get The Sims to install""That's because it won't run on Ubuntu." "Here. Try TuxRacer" "I want to view this DVD, but the player says it cannot open the disk" "You have to install the xine_d4d_plugin." "How? I can't find it in the software database" "Just dowload the source, then ./configure, make and make install" "......" "I bought a webcam, to work with skype, but I cannot get the sound to work during a session" "That's because the sound device is in use by gstreamer. You have to disable gstreamer and turn on OSS emulation for Alsa by installing snd-pcm-oss to get it to work." "Wait.... what?"

Here you go. The reason why Linux's desktop market-share is 1%.