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One of the best investments I’ve ever made is in the Microsoft TechNet and MSDN programs. For a few hundred dollars per year, I have access and multiple license keys to test practically every bit of software that Microsoft makes: applications, operating systems, you name it. […]

windows-7-logoOne of the best investments I’ve ever made is in the Microsoft TechNet and MSDN programs. For a few hundred dollars per year, I have access and multiple license keys to test practically every bit of software that Microsoft makes: applications, operating systems, you name it. Aside from participating in beta tests, these programs often get early access to upcoming Microsoft products. That’s what’s happening with the Windows 7 Release Candidate as well: it arrives on April 30th for TechNet and MSDN subscribers; the general public will see it five short days later.

The timing of the RC is actually perfect for me. I just downloaded and installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my netbook yesterday and I’m thoroughly amazed with it so far. I’ll have more thoughts on that later as I get my hands a little dirtier with it, but from a netbook standpoint, comparing Ubuntu 9.04 and the RC of Windows 7 should prove useful. You actually can compare them side-by-side with a dual-boot setup, although even in that case, you can only run one of the two at any given time on the same hardware. I actually did set up a dual-boot yesterday: Windows 7 beta was already on my MSI Wind and Ubuntu gave me the very simple option of installing in a dual-boot configuration. As I said about Jaunty Jackalope yesterday: it’s most impressive and may well have caught up with Microsoft Windows in many ways. Based on the commentary from that post, many others seem to agree.

Anyway: mark your calendars for the release candidate of Windows 7. With Vista not necessarily the best option for netbooks with relatively meager hardware, Windows 7 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated operating systems out of Microsoft since Windows XP back in October of 2001.

  1. Will the Windows 7 Beta Testors get a discount when the final release comes out?

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    1. I have no idea if Microsoft plans to offer any “reward” for beta testing. Typically, that’s not standard operating procedure, but they could of course do whatever they want. Additionally, they’ve had millions of Windows 7 beta testers since they opened it up to the general public, so I wouldn’t anticipate any discount on the software. The beta group is simply too large.

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    2. Official testers get a free copy of the new OS if they submitted bugs but public testers don’t.

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  2. I’m holding off on my netbook upgrade for now for two reasons – one is Pinetrail, the other is Windows 7.

    I might also hold off on my new notebook purchase as well, but darn, those 30% deals HP likes to throw in always gets me itching to buy. I’d love to get a mobile Core i7 with Windows 7 loaded.

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  3. Netbooks seems to be good for simple daily tasks but then can’t we do same things with celeron based laptops.what are basic limitations of netbook then?

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    1. Netbooks = slow notebooks that are small.

      Celeron notebook = slow notebook that is big(ger).

      Flame away, netbook fanboys… I am writing this on my HP 2133 :-)

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  4. “Windows 7 RC Arriving”

    No one cares.

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    1. Yes we do.

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  5. “One of the best investments I’ve ever made is in the Microsoft TechNet and MSDN programs. For a few hundred dollars per year,I have access and multiple license keys to test practically every bit of software that Microsoft makes”

    Did GOLDEN BOYS consult you for their investments???

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  6. Kevin, how much is “a few hundred dollars” per year? (yeah, I know, I could go and google it)

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  7. Kevin, are you using the “vanilla” version of Ubuntu or the netbook remix? I installed the remix on my MSI Wind yesterday (after using Win7 on it for a month or so) and I’m incredibly impressed with it.

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    1. Ian, I went “vanilla” with the standard desktop version although I plan to later look at the NBR in the near future. It is impressive… more to follow. ;)

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  8. Bellepheron Thursday, May 7, 2009

    I’m running Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire One with no problems. Everything works and the performance is acceptable. I’m going back to the Ubuntu netbook remix, though because it rips.

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