irontoaster wrote:I have only dabbled a tiny bit with *nix OS's. It's on my to-do list. I HATE OSX. I was happy with WINXP for a long time but i'm running WIN7ultimate exclusively now and love it. Since I'm only really starting to get into programming now (and using mostly .net languages anyway) I'm going to hold off using *nix until I have room for multiple systems and money to buy them with.
IMO, XP>7>Vista. I use 7, and it's definitely better than Vista, but I kinda think XP might be a bit better, although I don't have enough experience to say for certain.
For developers, Windows 7 includes a new networking API with support for building SOAP-based web services in native code (as opposed to .NET-based WCF web services), new features to shorten application install times, reduced UAC prompts, simplified development of installation packages, and improved globalization support through a new Extended Linguistic Services API. At WinHEC 2008 Microsoft announced that color depths of 30-bit and 48-bit would be supported in Windows 7 along with the wide color gamut scRGB (which for HDMI 1.3 can be converted and output as xvYCC). The video modes supported in Windows 7 are 16-bit sRGB, 24-bit sRGB, 30-bit sRGB, 30-bit with extended color gamut sRGB, and 48-bit scRGB. Microsoft has also implemented better support for solid-state drives, including the new TRIM command, and Windows 7 is able to identify a solid-state drive uniquely. Microsoft is planning to support USB 3.0 in a subsequent patch, support not being included in the initial release due to delays in the finalization of the standard.
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