Windows 7 Sins

Windows 7 Sins—The case against Microsoft and proprietary software

Windows 7 has been getting a lot of positive press lately—and this site aims to make sure the sour is appreciated as well as the sweet. While I’m not an out-and-out Windows hater, I can relate to point 4:

Microsoft regularly attempts to force updates on its users, by removing support for older versions of Windows and Office, and by inflating hardware requirements. For many people, this means having to throw away working computers just because they don’t meet the unnecessary requirements for the new Windows versions.

I’d still be using my circa-2000 Athlon Thunderbird system for video editing if ATI hadn’t stopped refining the drivers for its All-in-Wonder 128 Pro line. Fuckers. That card had hardware MPEG-2 decoding. It was sweet. Ah, well. Spilled milk. With Windows 7 I think for the first time in a while I’m going to miss out on the whole upgrade frenzy—and I’m not going to care. Ubuntu 9.04 is friggin’ perfect. Well, Brasero burns discs at ~1x unless you remember to disable certain plug-ins, and VLC’s audio output is broken—and GNOME’s screen lock feature sometimes freezes up when you try to log back in, but other than that (and the fact that there still isn’t a good, easily-installable video editor for Linux) it’s Ubuntulicious. I think Ubuntu even renders Microsoft’s new Cleartype fonts better than Vista does. 13px Corbel looks pimpin’ in Firefox 3.5.

Holy Shatner. I just realized my loyalty to one particular operating system hinges solely on its ability to render type in a clear, legible manner. Can you say OCD?