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Windows 7 vs. Windows XP On a Netbook 397

Justin writes "Many in the industry are counting on Windows 7 to bring the netbook market to the next level. Having netbook manufacturers ship netbooks with 7+ year old Windows XP pre-installed surely deterred some from joining the ranks of households with the small, light and portable netbooks. It seems Microsoft has addressed most of the pitfalls of Windows Vista on a netbook by increasing battery life and performance to be very close to that of the lighter-weight Windows XP. Legit Reviews has the full scoop of battery life and performance tests pitting Windows 7 against Windows XP on the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Netbook." I'd like to see a follow-up with a few different Netbook-friendly Linux distros, too.
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Windows 7 vs. Windows XP On a Netbook

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  • by cjonslashdot ( 904508 ) on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @02:48PM (#28871013)
    Lighter weight Windows XP - now that is a contradiction in terms!!!
  • Windows 7 betas have been greeted with remarkable positive press. "Of course," said Steve Ballmer, "the betas preview the 'champagne and hookers' edition, which would be way too much for netbooks and explode users' brains. Imagine thinking those little things are computers! So we're releasing what we call Windows 7 Dumbass Edition(tm). It lets you log in and look at the shiny. Even Spider Solitaire has the ribbon toolbar! And you can buy an upgrade to the version that runs programs! It lets you do that!"

    Dumbass Edition(tm) comes with pre-installed viruses to make the computer part of the Storm, Conficker and FBI botnets. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

    "Some manufacturers were going to release netbooks with ARM processors, which would run Linux or Chrome OS at twice the speed, half the heat and ten-hour battery life, but wouldn't run Windows 7. Microsoft assures us this is a crushing blow for ARM," said Michael Silver of Gartner. "ARM didn't have anything to say to that, just a guffawing sound down the phone. Obviously they're upset and hysterical."

    In future news, Microsoft Corporation has announced a limited one-off extension of availability of its Windows XP operating system to April 2101 after criticism from large customers and analysts. This is the fifty-sixth extension of XPâ(TM)s availability since 2008. "Windows XP is currently in the extremely very prolonged super-extended support phase and Microsoft encourages customers to migrate to Windows for Neurons 2097 as soon as feasible," said William Gates V, CEO and great-grandson of the company founder. "Spare change?"

    Illustration: Steve Ballmer's joyous expression [] when announcing seeing the latest Microsoft quarterly figures.

  • Re:So what? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @03:11PM (#28871385)

    1.5MB of RAM? Wow. Thats really light-weight, even for Windows 7!

  • Re:So what? (Score:5, Funny)

    by gparent ( 1242548 ) on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @03:27PM (#28871647)
    Windows 7 is better and faster. It'd be kinda like using Ubuntu 9.04 instead of 6.06.
  • Re:So what? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Hurricane78 ( 562437 ) <deleted&slashdot,org> on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @04:07PM (#28872411)

    It will. Because I will not support it at all. I started with Vista, which I personally never touched. I told them that I can't help them on that. If they actually *bought* Vista, I entirely stopped talking to them. Now it's nice and quiet, and the only questions I ever get, can be solved by ssh access to a bash shell.

    I won't ever give that up. ^^

  • Re:So what? (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @04:31PM (#28872857)

    I'm guessing you can probably mess up your Linux box by running attachments, too.

    You Winduhs shills are pathetic with your lies. It is trivially simple to stop malicious email attachments in their tracks in Linux. Run the client in a chroot, run it as a different user with limited privileges, turn off the execute flag in the user's home directory. The list goes on and on. A user inexperienced enough to even open random email attachments is not going to be skilled enough to reverse any of these measures even if they wanted to.

    Go suck some more Ballmer cock, obviously you like it.

  • by hyades1 ( 1149581 ) <> on Wednesday July 29, 2009 @05:38PM (#28874039)
    Re: "Most people anyway, have never sat down in front of a Vista machine for long enough to get used to it."

    I don't have to cook and eat a pork chop to figure out that it's rotten. The smell is enough of a clue.

"my terminal is a lethal teaspoon." -- Patricia O Tuama