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Before Microsoft pulled access I downloaded a copy of the Windows 7 beta and got a product key for it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to install until today because, well, I was out of blank DVDs. Since my Intrepid Ibex install on my secondary drive died a sudden death (I rebooted into it after a session in XP and X.org just wouldn't happen anymore... I'm not good enough with Linux to have figured it out without a lot of work, but I'm lazy and a wee bit apathetic so I didn't feel like it), I even had a nice empty drive to install it on for a quick test before making what I assumed would be a quick transition to what all of the glowing reviews make out to be the new hotness.

Boy am I glad that I didn't skip the testing phase and "upgrade" on blind faith. Windows 7 sucks, it sucks hard and it sucks long. Everything was slow as molasses to load, response time on simply opening context menus or switching window focus was atrocious and even basic web browsing was laggy and slow. Unless a dual-core AMD64 with 4gb of RAM is below the recommended resources to open Windows Explorer in 7, it's just a dog. In fact, even if that last thing is true, that's completely ridiculous, and it sucks because of it.

So anyway, back to checking out Linux distros in search of one that won't mysteriously bork.

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Windows 7 Test

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  • If you can boot but not do X

    Ctrl-Alt-F1 or Ctrl-Alt-F2 or Ctrl-Alt-F until you get a cli login prompt

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

    should work. This will literally reconfigure X for the machine.

    Unless it is a hardware problem.

    Should not happen, but it does and sucks when it does.

    One of the reasons I have been eyeing off Lenny. Debian = Stable is the matra they live by.

    • by Qzukk (229616)

      I've had computers where a warm reboot screws up the video card somehow, but a complete power cycle was just fine. I'm sure by now this guy had tried it, so that's probably not related.

      One of the reasons I have been eyeing off Lenny

      I've been using lenny at home for a while before its actual release. Nothing good or bad to report about it, but I do think that at some point someone needs to do a "see what's new!" option (for any distro) that will temporarily hide my profile and settings (perhaps app by app)

      • by tqft (619476)

        The only reason I haven't gone lenny is 64 bits. Next distro change will be to x86-64.

        Am trying to go 64bits but something is out of whack with the motherboard I guess. Everything says it should work - get a kernel boot with Jaunty x64 - but dies (bug submitted and even passed triage for kernel team to look at), lenny part installs and dies at configuring libc6 I think - have a partial install on a partition but no luck in getting past that. Tried any number of boot options acpi=on or not, irqpoll, some

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