Here's what I tell my friends:
1. If you are currently running XP, stick with it until you decide you need to switch to Windows 7. This late in the game there's no point in migrating to Vista if you haven't already done so.
2. If you are currently running Vista, switch to Windows 7 when it become available.
For good reasons and bad, Vista is now a 'lame duck' release. The past and 'near term' belong to XP. The future belongs to Windows 7. There's no real place for Vista in that scenario.
I'd suggest waiting about 3-4 months after Windows 7 gets released to let the inevitable "early release issues" get worked out.
Re: Easy for end-usersEvery
OS has a learning curve. The sooner an end-user stops hoping for a "no brain" OS the better. Because no matter how "easy" it is intended to be, they'll still have to learn how to use it.
I happen to use Linux and I like it very much. That being said, you are correct in saying it is not any 'better' than any other operating system. Each OS brings specific advantages and benefits to the party. And each has its own quirks, annoyances, and design flaws. In the end, your choice of OS should be determined by what you're most comfortable using, provided it gets your
Re: downloading Microsoft's latest
Assuming you mean Windows 7, I only know five reasons why most people would want to download a Windows release candidate:
- They're curious about it (possibly the best reason of all)
- They want to get a head start on using it so they'll be ready (and able to help their friends) when it comes out
- They enjoy testing new products and hope to make suggestions for improving it
- They want to accrue "geek bragging rights" for being in on the beta of a major product release
- They absolutely hate Microsoft -and they're hoping to find a show-stopper flaw that will derail the whole thing and make the boys in Redmond look like a bunch of idiots. (This is possibly the worst reason of all, but there are people like that out there.)
If your friends don't subscribe to any of the above, they shouldn't bother.
Just my 2¢