Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Windows 7 RC on a netbook, my experience

I have a Dell Mini 12 netbook. It has a 1.66 Ghz Atom processor, 1 GB RAM, Intel GMA 500 Graphics and a 60 GB (4200 rpm) pata hard drive. Its a slow netbook.

Windows 7 with Aero is slow on the machine. I find that the system gets more usable if you disable Aero, and the theme engine.

I bought this netbook with Ubuntu, which turned out to be the Ubuntu netbook remix. I wanted Ubuntu, which resulted in me trying to install Ubuntu (8.04, 8.10, and 9.04). I couldn’t get X to give me the 1280x800 resolution. The system has an Intel GMA 500 (like the Dell Mini 10) which has an X driver, but its broken.

Until that gets fixed, I’m stuck with Windows, and its almost usable with Aero turned off.

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...