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Windows 7 – The New Microsoft Operating System

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Windows 7 is the new and upcoming operating system (OS) being developed by Microsoft. It is the next version of a series of widely used Windows operating systems since Windows 95. If you have heard the nicknames, Blackcomb and Vienna bandied about online and in technical magazines, it was probably in reference to Microsoft 7. These were the code names given to the project.

Windows 7 is the follow up operating system to Windows Vista. This operating system has continued to develop upon the new technologies that were introduced with Vista. Although traditionally Microsoft technologies tend to be backwards compatible, we know that Windows 7 will be backwards compatible with Vista. For operating systems older than Vista we are not yet sure.

PC and software technology continue to advance. Therefore it is advisable to upgrade all of your software every once in a while. If you are running a PC on a pre-Vista operating system, you don’t have to worry yet. There is and will be for sometime, so much software developed for the older platform. Although technical people and computer geeks tend to jump to buy the latest versions of all software, many others can’t afford to do this, or prefer to wait. The complete transition to the new Windows platform will take years. When you see that the majority of new software you are interested in no longer offers a version compatible with your Windows Operating System, then you will know for sure that it is time to upgrade to newer technologies.

The new Windows 7 has many new and changed features to what long time Windows users are used to. If you have already familiarized yourself with Vista and its features then you will not have much adjusting to do. Some of what you can expect to find with Windows 7 is: multi-core processors which should make everything run much quicker; an advanced calculator that now comes with programming and statistical calculation options; and many new items and features in the control panel. As with Vista, even more features have been removed from the standard operating system install. These items can only be added using a separate toolkit which is called, Windows Live Essentials. Windows Live Essentials is apparently freeware software. It shouldn’t cost you anything to get this toolkit, it will just require the extra step of downloading and installing it.

The Windows 7 operating system is not just planned for the PC but is being developed for a variety of devices: desktops, laptops, mobile devices, tablet PCs, netbooks and more. If you have become accustomed to the Windows Mobile operating system that has stayed relatively unchanged over the past decade, you may want to begin to read up on Windows 7 for Mobile and to plan this new version.


Linux Software for Personal Computers

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For many years now Linux has offered an operating system for personal computers (PCs). Microsoft has had the monopoly on operating systems for personal computers since it first came out with Windows. Because of Microsoft’s popularity and complete dominance in operating systems, it is very brave and an absolutely huge goal for any company to attempt to try to compete against them in this area. Linux is one company that has done just that. They put out an operating system (OS) that provides a viable alternative to Windows operating system. Although Linux has not fully taken off as a major player in PC operating systems you can never tell what might happen in the fast-paced world of the Internet.

When it comes to servers and software for hosting web sites, Linux has done exceptionally well and has made a lot of inroads. Many, many web site owners prefer to host their web sites on a Linux server over a Microsoft server. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops with time and whether we will see the same trends for Linux with personal computers.

If you choose to install Linux on your PC as your operating system, you will also need to install programs that run on Linux. The programs that you have installed on your Windows operating system will not work with Linux. This is probably the most significant factor contributing to the slow progress of Linux with PC users. It is probably only when programs written for Linux OS can rival, in quality and in ease-of-use, those written for PCs that Linux will really take off.

The great thing about Linux and one of the things that has made it popular as a server and, on a smaller scale, as a desktop operating system is the open source aspect of the software. Open source means the code is open and other programmers can help to program and develop the technology. Another benefit for users is the fact that much of the software that is developed to run on Linux operating system is free. As the price of software that runs on Windows and Apple platforms skyrockets, the free aspect of Linux software is very appealing to many computer users.

Although Linux technology has proved to be popular among the technical community, that enthusiasm has not yet caught on among every day computer users. There are many possible reasons for his. Installation and set up of Linux software is not always as simple as clicking the Terms and Agreements box and clicking the next button. It can require quite a bit of work and for some it can be completely impossible to install. The technical understanding needed to deal with some of the error messages, and configuration problems is too much for many would-be uers. Once Linux becomes as user-friendly as Windows we may see more and more people moving over to Linux OS for PCs.


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