Definitely. There are a lot of people who are turned off by the
high-end graphics and animation in Windows 7. Including me, because I
have to have a pretty high-end computer just to run the OS let alone
any apps. Then, because of all that 3d Windows Arrow interface that 3
GHZ system with 2 GB of ram etc runs no better than a 1 GHZ system
with 512 MB of ram with XP just because of the extra bloat. Here is a
nice little comparison for you.
Windows XP ---- 500 MHZ processor, 128 MB ram, and 1 GB free hard
drive space. That's the initial system requirements for the OS as I
recall. Here is Windows 7.
Windows 7 ---- 1 GHZ processor, 1 GB ram, and at least 4 GB hard drive
space. Which is way more than XP in terms of basic specs. It requires
four times the hard drive space, twice the processor power, and 10
times the memory. Talk about bloat!
This is one reason my wife and I are looking at open source
alternitives. Even though Ubuntu is looking at more graphics intensive
user interfaces like Unity you still have the option to turn it off
and use the classic desktop if you want to. Plus they have a XUbuntu
version that was designed for low-end machines and low memory
environments. So I think Linux has the right idea here.
For new Windows users the only option is something like Classic Shell.
I've tried it and it is a really nice piece of software. It basically
gives you options to turn off Windows Arrow, a lot of the animations,
use classic folder views, use classic start menu, etc which is 100
times more accessible than the defaults you get with Windows 7. Plus
by turning off all that graphical garbage the OS runs better too.
Hmmmm..I wonder why?
On 4/20/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> When I bought my first xp desktop in 2005, I got a middle of the road
> graphics card on the advice of the nice local place who were building my pc,
> who told me that high end was only necessary to run uba 3D games, but low
> end would drag down everything.
> Now, as Tom said, the basic spec for windows has gone up a lot, another
> reason why I'm sticking to xp for the time being, sinse hopefuly by the time
> I need to upgrade, enough people (as I've heard those very up in the It
> services markit say), will be narked with the fancy, flashy, system
> intensive interface enough to force ms to give some sort of alternative.
> In fairness I'm not just talking about visually impared people here, I have
> friends who are equally annoyed with it, also ironically, I do know some
> people who say they find it too! complex and confusing and want something
> simpler as in previous versions of windows.
> I've already heard of an open source alternative called classic shell which
> converts much of the windows 7 and vista gui to look like, and resemble the
> xp model, maybe ms will actually listen, ---- though I admit this is
> probably a very remote possibility sinse ms and listen are two different
> Beware the grue!
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