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post Dec 7 2011, 08:41 PM
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The first public beta for windows 8 will be available in February 2012. Untill then you can download the pre beta here.

Let us know what you think of it.
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post Dec 8 2011, 10:23 AM
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I have read pretty much about it. I don't know if I should like it or hate it. And I still don't know if I ever install it... My opinion is divided!
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post Dec 8 2011, 03:47 PM
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Interesting, you've got me intrigued now. It's been sat on my HDD for a few months and I just found it again while tidying up.

Did you install it yet to check it out or are you just going on what you have read?

I'm still on XP lol.
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post Dec 8 2011, 05:09 PM
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I didn't install it yet. Just made my opinion about reading all the stuff regarding Windows 8...

By the way I am on XP-x86, XP-x64 and Windows 7-x64...

And I guess Windows 8 will be a flop just like Vista...
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post Dec 8 2011, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE (McRip @ Dec 8 2011, 05:09 PM) *
And I guess Windows 8 will be a flop just like Vista...

Ouch, that's pretty damning, why do you think that? Especially as you've never even used it! I mean, you can read the manual all day but it won't teach you everything.

I'll probably get around to throwing it in a VM this weekend and see what's what.

Do you dual boot those or are they on different boxes? I've got W7 on the family PC, run XP myself and have Ubuntu in a VM for various other stuff. With every new release of windows comes a few reasons to upgrade in the future but I've not run into any need to upgrade yet, like TRIM support.
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post Dec 9 2011, 12:40 PM
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Damn, I have forgotten Ubuntu... LOL...

Well, I have my own network at home with ubuntu as a firewall and internet access. Each Os on a different computer as well as dual boot for programming... And a VM for Windows 7 x86 for testing purposes...
I can't acquire a taste for the new surface of Windows 8.
But I will promise to install it when the beta is out in February 2012.
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post Dec 9 2011, 06:04 PM
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hehe, supprised your using ubuntu as a firewall. pfsense would be better for a custom firewall I would of thought. Always wanted to build my own but not got around to it yet. The hardware side would be the most fun for me.

I think you should give W8 a go, it might supprise you, then again if your happy with what your using atm why bother, lol.
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post Dec 10 2011, 02:11 PM
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I rather build my own firewall rules. And this item is important if you use IPv6. That's why I use ubuntu as a firewall. And it is pretty reliable when blocking incoming or outgoing ports...
I will give Windows 8 a go...
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post Dec 15 2011, 08:48 PM
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I have been running Windows Developer Preview since Microsoft's Install Fair. It is much better than either Windows Vista or Windows 7, although it is far from finished.

The same applications run 1.5 to 2 times faster under Windows Developer Preview than under previous versions of Windows, which is one of the main reasons that I chose to keep running it after the Install Fair.

Memory management and networking are improved, as is user isolation, in that each logged-in user now runs its own Desktop Window Manager.

Windows Developer Preview features IE10, which is vastly improved over IE9. For example, they have solved the problem of not being able to connect to many secure (i.e. https) web sites under both IE8 and IE9. Graphics are also rendered by the GPU instead of the CPU, making for significantly faster browsing.

Windows Developer Preview features support for Metro-style apps, which is clearly nowhere near finished in that there are still a lot of bugs. I have chosen to turn all of the Metro-style user interface off, except for the login, which *does* work, and looks much better.

It would appear that Microsoft has received a lot of positive feedback, as they are now providing security updates for Windows Developer Preview on Windows Update.

- Chris
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post Dec 17 2011, 02:01 AM
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Hi Chris, thanks for sharing your experience, I hope I can find time to try it out this weekend, the improved app performance is very encouraging.
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