So...bring back the SunBlade line?
AMD has had a big focus on their OpenCL performance lately - they could be banking on people buying their cards for that reason (and for say companies that are looking to buy the really expensive cards, but they'll need to actually get those cards working correctly with the new driver).
Video chipset is one of the big ones that I've noticed (which is why my Toshiba, which was one of those "Vista Ready" systems that did have a WDDM driver for the GPU (Radeon XPress 200m) ran it so much better then my Latitude D610, that is a pretty decent laptop under Windows XP but nothing newer), yes. And Windows 10 does what OS X does where it software renders the desktop effects, rather then disabling them like Vista/7 did (don't remember for 8). Windows defender was the single biggest slowdown that I experienced while testing though - it ate up so much disk and CPU time that I would have removed it if I could have.
I tried a similar experiment on a Toshiba A105 (2GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Celeron M) and had similar results.
Except his response (until the insults) is fairly reasonable - the OS is alpha quality at best, and is not suitable for production use. He also points out that the project is lacking in drivers and firmware currently. Furthermore, he comments about having issues with a 1440p display - there is a fair chance the developers do not have access to a 1440p display to test with (not exactly a common display resolution). Finally, I doubt marketshare is a goal of the Haiku project (and there are many projects (see the GNOME desktop) that claim that marketshare is not a goal of theirs).
For me it's Remote Desktop...
Probably only the fact that they are not being marketed as PCs
I'm going to disagree with speed - the OS has bogged down hardware much more then Windows 7 and 8 ever did.
I'm interested to see what happens when it switches to RTM - I wonder if debugging stuff and all that is slowing it down because of it being a "testing" build. Regardless, it reminds me of testing Windows Vista on my Pentium M laptop (and I only had 512MB RAM in it back then vs the 2GB now!), and at 2GB of RAM Windows 7 and 8 both ran a lot better in their CTP stages.
Personally I've found Windows 10 to be quite slow on lower end hardware compared to Windows 7 and 8. Moves slow as can be on Pentium M era hardware (and that's with a full 2 GB RAM. I haven't tested it on Core 2 style hardware yet, simply haven't had the time.
Well, they didn't really give us the start menu back, did they? It's a shrunk version of the start screen with a flat, alphabetical menu, rather then a customizable menu (as was featured in previous Windows versions AND in early builds of Windows 10).
The same way it has always been done - unpack it, move into the directory, and use "make menuconfig" for a nice easy menu system to pick the parts that you want. If you really want to trim things down only compile in the options you need and remove loadable modules (useful in some setups).
Those old Toshiba's were virtually bullet-proof! I have a Thinkpad 600e that won't die, and a P3 Tecra that's in equal shape.
And likewise, I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 with a 1600x1200 display that I refuse to give up.
Now yes. Years ago...they were a bit different.