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« Reply #25 on: 08/01/2009 19:59:25 »
I have been using Windows 7 7000 since the new year and have yet to see a BSOD or any serious problem, it has drivers for all my old peripherals such as a Laserjet printer and a HP4C scanner the only problems are with WxToImg and EGG bank accounts but these can be worked around.
It is readily available from torrents and an official version will be available to the first 2.5 million from 9/1/09 and of course its free up until August
 

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« Reply #26 on: 08/01/2009 20:17:47 »
syhprum - how do you think it compares so far with XP & Vista Home Premium? I appreciate it's a beta(?) release so comparisons could be a bit unfair as of yet; but what are your initial impressions?
 

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« Reply #27 on: 08/01/2009 21:39:50 »
I have got really used to it now and are seldom tempted to go back to XP, it starts up really fast, there are a few minor problems but it is very free from crashes.
I have not found any program that runs on XP that will not run on it even 16 bit ones.
I will try as soon as possible to run some that are a disaster on XP such as the software for my VIVATAR camera which crashes XP and the Magic video converter board that does likewise but this silly new motherboard that I just purchased has only two slots and they are both in use at the moment.
I have tried various flavours of Linux such as SUSE 11.0 but none will let me get into my EGG account which I need to manage my rather complex finances.
I would like to run a 64 bit version but one can never find drivers although I have Driver Detective which I swear by.   
 
 

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« Reply #28 on: 08/01/2009 22:14:40 »
I have got really used to it now and are seldom tempted to go back to XP, it starts up really fast, there are a few minor problems but it is very free from crashes.
I have not found any program that runs on XP that will not run on it even 16 bit ones.
I will try as soon as possible to run some that are a disaster on XP such as the software for my VIVATAR camera which crashes XP and the Magic video converter board that does likewise but this silly new motherboard that I just purchased has only two slots and they are both in use at the moment.
I have tried various flavours of Linux such as SUSE 11.0 but none will let me get into my EGG account which I need to manage my rather complex finances.
I would like to run a 64 bit version but one can never find drivers although I have Driver Detective which I swear by.  
 

I wonder why you can't access EGG on Linux. Someone on another site I use said that those sort of sites use asp or python quite extensively but they should both work fine with Linux.
I use a few forums dedicated to Linux so I'll see if anyone has posted about problems like yours.

I read a review of W7 7000 and it sounds a lot better than Vista - quicker to install, runs faster, and more drivers. I don't think I'll swap back from Linux to MS, though, even if it is free as Linux is so good for the development work I do (php/mySQL mainly). All my peripherals work fine with it too, so unless W7 7000 is better for development (which I doubt) there's no incentive for me to change.
 

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« Reply #29 on: 09/01/2009 12:49:29 »
What's absolutely best with Linux is its 'open source code'.
It's very hard to hide databases collecting private information in Linux.
Too many that checks it out.
« Last Edit: 09/01/2009 12:51:02 by yor_on »
 

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« Reply #30 on: 09/01/2009 15:59:58 »
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Walk through for W7 7000
 

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« Reply #31 on: 09/01/2009 16:37:58 »
I think EGG needs Internet Explorer, and that means Windows, no way around that. As for Windows 7... most likely the EGG page checks for the IE version and the newest/beta version in Windows 7 isn't yet in the list.
 

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« Reply #32 on: 09/01/2009 18:43:23 »
I would be very surprised if a site like EGG can only be used with IE.
 

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« Reply #33 on: 09/01/2009 22:30:42 »
I would be very surprised if a site like EGG can only be used with IE.
The site itself seems fine, but I just looked around and found:

"All you need to run Egg Money Manager is a PC with Internet Explorer 6 or higher" :o :( [:(!] [V]
I guess it uses an ActiveX application. I haven't tried yet to run IE in a Wine environment. The only other option I can think of is getting VMware and running Windows in there. (Did I mention that I LOVE VMware?)
 

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« Reply #34 on: 10/01/2009 15:07:45 »
Does Microsoft own EGG by any chance?  :P
 

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« Reply #35 on: 10/01/2009 20:31:51 »
Does Microsoft own EGG by any chance?  :P
Makes you wonder for sure. Why not use Java or a php application or something else that's independent of an OS? I can't think of anything that absolutely needs Microsoft based programming.
 

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« Reply #36 on: 11/01/2009 15:29:37 »
The only times I've ever used Active-X is in in-house browser-based applications when I want to open Word documents or spreadsheets from within the browser.
 

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« Reply #37 on: 13/01/2009 10:49:22 »
It is not quite true that EGG must have Internet Explorer it also works with Microsoft outlook
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« Reply #38 on: 13/01/2009 11:15:49 »
I've nabbed me a copy of Windows 7 (I'm one of the 2.5 million) - I haven't decided whether to stick it on an old pc that barely has the spec to run it, or partition off a section of the newer pc... Either way, I'll let you know how it handles things.
 

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« Reply #39 on: 17/03/2009 23:48:34 »
Windows 7 is now up to version 7057 as is definitely Superior to either Vista or XP and I can see no reason to use any other OS (except for EGG bank accounts for the moment)
 

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« Reply #40 on: 22/03/2009 23:33:27 »
For the Basic Windows 7

    * 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    * 512 MB of system memory
    * 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    * Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
    * DVD-ROM drive
    * Audio Output
    * Internet access (fees may apply)

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For the Premium Windows 7
    * 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    * 1 GB of system memory
    * 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    * Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
          o WDDM Driver
          o 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
          o Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
          o 32 bits per pixel
    * DVD-ROM drive
    * Audio Output
    * Internet access (fees may apply)

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Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Professional

PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
   

128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*
Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
and a netcard and a ISP
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and for Linux?
Depends on what you want.
Any computer will be able to run some distribution out there.
from a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80286 to the latest models.
 

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« Reply #41 on: 23/03/2009 13:58:20 »
Lol - 512MB ram for Windows 7 and 128MB for XP - they're having a giraffe.
 

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