When photo wizard and Apple connoisseur Michael Flux asked which software I use to manage the image files from the photographs made with my Canon 450D, mentioned that had actually just switched due to an operating system change.
After having happily used Mandriva Linux 2008.1 KDE for a bit and then Mandriva Linux 2009 Gnome for many months, decided to try out Microsoft Windows 7 RC on my Akari-chan.
(Yes, I nickname my computers, as I’m sure most otaku do.)
Read that fellow otaku Hikki actually just made the plunge into Windows 7 as well.
The new taskbar that combines quick launch and open windows into thumbnails you can pin to it may feel awkward at first but once you’re used to it, it’s quite practical.
Browsing over one of the program thumbnails that has one or more open windows will show you a smaller live view of that window, if you hover over it, it will even make all the other windows transparent, showing only that particular one as you can see below.
Let’s not risk this degenerating into a flame fest of people unruly praising or bashing any operating system, but face the truth. Speaking from professional experience as well as personal experience, all operating systems, be it Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X or Linux,… have their strong suits as well as their flaws.
Like Vash says: love and peace!
Hovering over the show desktop button now makes all open windows transparent to reveal the desktop. Cute, but I would still love a feature like Exposé which shows all open windows.
Actually, my other machine, Motoko-chan, has been running Windows Vista 64bit since I initially assembled it and I never had too much issues with it.
Nonetheless, regardless of being installed on a modern system equipped with fast hardware, Vista always felt more sluggish. While applications launch, work and close at decent speed, all actions in Vista itself like opening the Control Panel would seem to take significantly longer by comparison.
So far this feels different in Windows 7. Installation was a breeze and actually completed quite fast. Boot up to desktop, power down, everything feels more responsive again, a good start.
Have always been pleased with Mandriva Linux 2009 Gnome, especially not having to reboot every two updates was nice. It was user friendly too, alas could never get Flash to work well on it.
But as the upgrade from version 2009 to version 2009.1 didn’t go all that smoothly and wanted to have more integration between my different computers, decided to go for Windows 7.
Let’s see where that adventure takes us!
And for those interested, the wallpaper version of the “Queen’s Blade” Allean bikini image I use on my desktop.