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A linux guru's response to "Why Vista Won't Suck"

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First, let me say, I've been running Vista myself for quite some time. Next to me at this very moment is a Gateway 835GM. Under the hood, it has an Intel Pentium D 2.8GHz dual-core processor, an Intel 945G chipset, 1GB DDR2 (double data rate) DRAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive, and built-in Intel GMA (graphics media accelerator) 950 graphics. That's a fairly powerful machine. Which is a good thing, because it's the only PC in my office of 20 PCs that's got enough oomph to run the Windows Vista February CTP (Community Technology Preview) build 5308 without driving me into fits of rage.

Mind you, it's not enough machine for Vista. I could run any Linux with all the bells and whistles on it without a problem. But, even though this system meets Intel's recommendations for a Vista-capable Intel Professional Business Platform, it still doesn't have the graphics horsepower needed to carry off Vista's much ballyhooed three-dimensional Aero Glass interface.
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They also praise SuperFetch, Microsoft's new combination application pre-fetching technique and hyper-active virtual memory manager. Intelligent pre-fetching is a fine idea for boosting performance. You've been able to use it in any application written with the open-source GCC for years. Microsoft's execution of it, however, has one of the biggest "What were they thinking of?" mistakes I've seen in a long time.

You see, with SuperFetch you can a USB 2.0-based flash drive as a fetch buffer between your RAM and your hard disk. Let me spell that out for you. Vista will put part of your running application on a device that can be kicked off, knocked out, or that your dog can carry away as a chew toy. Do you see the problem here? Me too!
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SuperFetch is just building on PreFetch, bith better mapping.

And in a pretty smart way, IMHO.

I can drop a 4GB USB memory stick into my computer and basically use it for my page file - which will be way faster than HDD. However, the underlying mapping and improvements still exist - you can just take advantage of it in a new way.

You can pull out the USB drive and not lose a thing. You just lose the performance gain.
(It is also encrypted data... and if your dog is chewing on your computer parts, you have other issues to deal with.)

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He is running Aero on an integrated video card? And a 950 at that? That performce worse than a Radeon 200 for chrisake. He should just load of BF2 and turn on full video and see how it goes.
He deserves what he gets for not RingTFM.
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^good post
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