Microsoft seems to have found it’s pot of gold with the release of Windows 7. It seems to be getting universally positive reviews. My experience with it is still that it just works, which is what I want from an operating system. After all, let’s face it – all it is is an OS. Amazon reported record breaking pre-orders in their UK store which other news outlets reported reported record breaking pre-orders at Amazon (possibly misrepresenting the UK store limitation). Microsoft is even promoting 3rd party PCs on their website for the first time. I don’t keep close track of PC prices but some of the deals seem rather sweet.
There’s been some stories about Windows 7 being slower to startup than past versions when you wait for things to fully settle down. I haven’t timed it myself since I have nothing to compare to. But also, this is the first Windows install I’ve used that reliably sleeps and hibernates. I only reboot my PC for patches and software installs, it reliably (and quickly) wakes when I need it.
As for the waking from sleep part, it wakes faster than my iMac running Snow Leopard that sits next to it. The iMac isn’t slow, just not as fast. It also runs slightly older hardware.
I’ve yet to run any software that doesn’t run on Windows 7 and haven’t had to use the XP compatibility feature.
There’s always the possibility that Microsoft will screw things up. Their pricing is still confusing. It’s true that the various editions are less confusing than under Vista, but that’s relative. Still, the cheapest way to get Windows 7 may be with a new PC. Unless you qualify for a student version and get a working copy. It seems like there are always deals around and if your not in a rush it may be worth your while to wait for one to pop up.
WordPress released WordPress 2.8.5 recently which they tout as a “hardening release” that plugs some vulnerabilities including one being used for a denial of service attack. I successfully upgraded my sites without any noticeable side effect. WordPress 2.9 is also expected to be released in November.
Windows Home Server / Windows 7
Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 is intended primarily to improve it’s integration with Windows 7. Despite early hopes to release it with Windows 7 it’s not expected until sometime “before the end of the year”. I’ve been holding off installing the beta because, well, it’s beta but also because I’d have to uninstall it for the final release. I’m not sure I want to rebuild the server and restore 6TB of data if the beta or uninstall bites me. It does work with Windows 7, there’s just a few inconsistencies. My PC does always wake for backup (an issue PP3 says it addresses). I may decide to go for it in a moment of weakness. If I do, that will guarantee a production release within days of my install.