Microsoft has many employees, most of which (if not, all) hold high degrees in the fields of computers and electronics. I would imagine that they could put something together better than the open source community in which many of the people donate their spare time to complete projects.
The microsoft corporation is supposed to be dedicated to bringing us revolutionary software. They are a business, and this is their goal. I would expect something like aero and the vista OS itself to be able to run on hardware that a Linux box can run on.
I just don't really believe that there is an excuse for it this time. Like the title says (since I think most of us have lost sight of it), this is about the promise that windows 7 will have lower requirements. Hopefully we get what we want to see, because we all would like to see an OS that performs better than vista, don't we?
Maybe because she's not smart enough to go to add/remove programs and click on a check box?
How is it possible? Wine.
Better solution? Go to add/remove programs and search for a native Linux program.
If you're talking about games, certainly stick with windows.
Btw, I'm not trying to promote Linux over windows here; I'm simply answering your questions
I agree. However, don't you think that if Linux and OSX can run on fairly to quite old systems, the multi-hundred dollar windows vista should have been able to do the same?
Vista runs great on fairly new systems, but the fact that it won't run on older systems proves that the OS should have been optimized better. The fact that they DIDN'T, well I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
I agree. You shouldn't run vista if you don't have 1GB. I also agree that RAM is cheap. But why excuse poorly coded software just because you can get the excessive hardware it requires? We're enthusiasts here, all about optimization, right? I would hope that this love for optimization doesn't only apply to hardware. That's all I'm trying to say.
I agree that Vista COULD have been optimized better but it runs fine as it is so then whats the problem? I can turn that statement back around and say "as an enthusiast, I expect linux to run all my games and programs properly".
Another point you made is the fact that Microsoft has many employees with high level degrees. True, but you know as well as I, that there are many enthusiasts working on Linux (might I add far more than there are working on Windows) and as such these programmers most likely also hold the same degrees or are extremely proficient.
I don't believe Microsoft ever proclaimed to be the best at writing software, but they do proclaim to be the best at making that software for the masses and marketing it so it has maximum software support. They have achieved this.