OK I couldn’t help myself I had to download the current beta release of Windows 7. Now as I haven’t bothered with windows for about a year now, So I wasn’t too surprised to see that the current beta has been (graphically) a carbon copy of Vista! and at the time of testing just as resource hungry. the PC I set this up on is an old IBM Netvista (c2002/3) that has a Celeron 2.2GHz processor and 768Mb of RAM (with 8Mb shared to the on board video) OK I know that this is still a beta product and its far from the to be finished product be if Microsoft are expecting to continue their dominance in the IT industry then I think its time to review just what they call a re-design! The test system I realise is not a PC of current spec. but lets face it the average person would still have this level PC in their home, so to advertise to upgrade would no doubt leave the end user wondering just what they have upgraded to! The test PC I have won’t run the “Areo” themes as it doesn’t have the require 3D rendering capacity, but the eye candy that is available is slow to render and IMHO you can achieve far more using KDE4 for less hardware requirements!
Anyway don’t take my word for it decide for yourself at…
Just to make a small comparison… the PC I use here for my desktop is a P4 2.0GHz with 2.0Gb of RAM I use Ubuntu Linux and the Linux system doesn’t even use the allocated swap partition! granted the test PC for Windows 7 beta has half the RAM but it was using just over a 1Gb of paging to really achieve nothing, that is just sitting idle awaiting for me to do something with it. Here is what you need to be able to run this…
- 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
- 1 GB of system memory
- 16 GB of available disk space
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
- DVD-R/W Drive
- Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)
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