M-Saunders wrote:Genuine question, as I haven't really used Windows 7: what tasks can't you do in Windows 7 that you could in Vista? I've seen the "removing control" argument used before, but I've not seen any concrete examples yet. I'd like to know for my own debating ammo!
Difficult to say as I was dual booting WinXP before my OS drive got infamous "Click of death" without notice taking out Win and Linux, I saw someone else's Vista and didn't like it one bit - slow as hell, skipped Vista for Win7 (if only to stop pointless multiple reboots just to install Win). I very rarely use Windows these days.
What Microsoft is doing is hiding options for the user to change things around, or stopping things working at all. For example, in WinXP you could record "What you hear" from the soundcard, but from what I've tried and found out, Win7 has removed this feature. In Linux, it's not as easy as it should be, but in PulseAudio it is possible to get what you hear directed to say Audacity.
Another "feature" is the Windows file manager, it's even less helpful than the older versions, it's harder to open multiple versions of it. There's an icon on the "kicker" bar, but you won't get more than one instance. You have to fool other windows to show directories (I usually use control panel then type path to a drive).
The final thing that has irked me for years with Windows, is it's VERY difficult / impossible to keep your user files on a drive that is not the OS drive. In Linux your user files for KDE or Gnome are in the /home partition which can be on any drive you like. That's not the case with Windows, so when as happened to me, the OS drive goes bad, you lose all the setup of desktop settings etc. The single registry idea does not help the situation.
I installed Linux in spare partition a few years ago, didn't like it, but it's got MUCH more user friendly BUT retains it's power with the Console / Vi etc etc. One day I just decided to try using Linux for a week without booting Win. So now 99.9999% I use Linux, and occasional package that is never going to see a Linux port I go to Windows (Flash designing and checking a website in Internet Explorer).
For what it's worth, I don't think there will ever be the often talked of "Year of the Linux desktop."