One more good reason to abandon MegaHard and make the switch to another OS:
“If you’re running Windows 7 beta, you probably know that when you first load operating system it asks if you want to upgrade an existing Windows installation or do a fresh install. But as Business Week’s Stephen Wildstrom points out, that upgrade feature only works for Windows Vista users. If you want to upgrade from Windows XP you’re out of luck.” [Link]
Is this some Lucasesque “Revenge of the MegaHard”? With all the nasty associations that seem to resonate with that comparison?
I am not saying upgrading is enjoyable. When I upgraded from 8.04 to 8.10 on this box, the GUI got catastrophically trashed to the point that I spent a couple of weeks on command line backing up as many files as I could to a USB brick and then reinstalling 8.04 from scratch. And I spent those two weeks getting my normal efforts sorta-maybe done on an XP box that is my usually cobwebbed alternative that I keep to run stuff like MAPLE and SCIENTIFIC WORD and the few clients I just can’t live without but as soon as I learn WINE goodly enough, BAM! new OS on that box and it won’t have a fake holographic decal.
But I have since tracked down the problem and it was a glitch during the too facere impetum LONG download of the new OS. Now usually I am Dr. Caution and download an ISO, burn it to CD and then upgrade, and doing so has been relatively frictionless. That’s what I did after the reinstall of 8.04 and the only disturbance in the ether waves was a mild disagreement that my NORTHGATE Omnikey 101 keyboard (real mechanical keys that make click noises on their own and not the tacky clack noise of plastic striking plastic of the modern ones) had been dropped from Saint Peter’s roster of saved keyboard souls but would be honored anyway as a grandfather. Does this mean that my keyboard is a Zoroastrian or a NeoPlatonist?
And it did take me the better part of six months to get Super 8.10 on my HP Mini 2133 waiting on real Ubuntu nerds to figure out the complexities of making the vdisplay and the wireless transciever play nice, which was entirely due to HP offering a Linux version of the box except that the Linux offered was SUSE that bears the same resemblance to an OS that hamburger bears to cow. Or in deference to my cardiologist who only lets me consume formerly cow once a month, that tofu bears to soy plant. That one is a bit more accurate since tofu tends to give me all manner of gastrointestinal gas that runs throughout the system “from the nave to the chaps”.
So while I do have to admit that Windows is marginally more usable than SUSE, it is definitely less usable than most other forms of Linux and so far as I can observe, the MAC OS. I say observe because I haven’t touched a MAC since the general officer who trhust one into my hands departed and I could get rid of the thing. Not that it wasn’t well made and usable, just not to me. I remain firmly convinced to this day that there are people who are take naturally, implicitly as it were, to a MAC, and ditto to a PC, jusy not the same people. Or at least I haven’t seen anyone who convinced me they were bicomputational.
Not that PC means either politically correct or MegaHard OS box. It means open architecture versus closed architecture (MAC) even though that latter architecture is pretty well eroded down to a nub these days. Still I acknowledge that there are people who do MAC naturally and well, and there are people who do not-MAC naturally and well. And I consider neither to be pathological, criminal (regardless of their given name), nor asocial.
But Windows is another matter. If is pathological, criminal, and asocial. Autarkic, in fact. And that is why I am getting closer to walking away from it. At least as far as I can get so long as FD SCP still uses sewing clients written only for Windows.
Next project: Virtual Machine. If I have to have the blob that tried to eat Steve McQueent, I want a refrigerator to keep it in.
And if you are really wondering why the tirade, it’s because I spent ten hours yesterday working on FD CSP’s new HP box with XP on it trying to get close to where I can do a swap out for her W2K box that is terminal. I got about half way done with the prep work, which would have taken we about two hours if I were installing Ubuntu.