For my new workstation, I installed the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Enterprise edition.
Install from start to first log in took 15 minutes.
System reboot from pressing shutdown to seeing the clock on the desktop 34 seconds!
The install is currently occupying 12.6G of hard drive space on my Intel X25-M SSD. That includes all of the latest Windows updates and: Adobe reader and Flash, Amaya, Firefox, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Sun JRE and Windows Live Essentials.
I am reasonably impressed by the performance of Windows 7 Enterprise edition on the new workstation. If you must use a Windows operating system, Windows 7 is a pretty decent choice. Be sure to purchase the 64bit version of Windows 7 Professional.
I built a new workstation Tuesday, February 23, 2010. I built the last one starting in June of 2008, upgraded April of 2009. It was time for something entirely new.
The system is a very capable mid ranged workstation, comprised of:
ASUS P7H55-M Pro Motherboard mATX
Intel Core i5 660 3.33Ghz Processor
4G Corsair DDR3-1333 2X2048 Memory
Intel X25-M 80G SSD
Western Digital 5000AAKS 500G SATA II drive
Antec Sonata III Case with Earthwatts 500W power supply
I use a 22″ Samsung 220WM LCD, a Microsoft Intellimouse explorer 3, and a Microsoft Comfort curve 2000 keyboard.
They seem to have MAJOR compatibility issues. I have attempted to use WebDAV to connect with OfficeLive web servers. Using Windows XP Pro x64 with the latest service pack and Windows updates installed, I have had no success. Windows XP Pro x64 is the fastest Microsoft operating system available. This taints my love of Windows XP Pro x64.
Just a reminder that the Windows 7 technical review release ends in two weeks. Time to weigh the alternatives. I planned to re-install Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit. On doing so today I found that the OS takes up 30G of hard drive real estate after you apply all of the latest updates. This is not an acceptable solution on the 37G partition of my SSD that was occupied by Windows 7 Ultimate(approximately 9G). I installed XP Pro 64bit. Takes a scant 9.22G of space with all the software I typically use installed and the latest updates applied. It boots in less than 20 seconds too!
Google is planning to offer connections at 1Gb/s, in the near future. This could be the next big wave in Internet momentum. I look forward to the implementation.
Google Gigabit on YouTube
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I have recently been putting the Fedora rawhide software through it’s paces. This is the software that will become Fedora 13 in June. At this point it is nearly feature complete. While it runs very smoothly on most platforms, the latest update of the glib2 package creates real problems with Nvidia chipset based motherboards. The update renders USB keyboards and mice inoperative at the launch of kdm. This leaves a system without any form of input device. This issue has not existed for Intel and Via based chipset motherboards. This issue required serious isolation testing.
Now my F13 testing platforms rattle and hum. I will have to compile some benchmarks comparing Fedora 12 to Rawhide soon.