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Who Needs Windows 7 When You've Got KDE?

Oct 20, 2009, 18:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Of course, exactly what Windows 7's new features are can be difficult to tell. The features list is as much a marketing document as a technical one. In places it's more apt to give you an overdose of adjectives than any specifics. Nor is every feature available in every edition of Windows 7.

"Then, too, a few listed features, such as 64-bit support, are so far from new that I wonder why they are mentioned.

"Another difficulty is the sheer scope of the comparison. A desktop is a big place, and you can easily miss features because on one desktop they are part of a default installation and on another they are an option squirreled away beneath several layers of menus.

"Still, when such matters are taken into account, in terms of features, Windows 7 appears a minor upgrade at best. Judging from the advertising, it has no killer apps that outperform KDE, and its few unique features may turn out to be oddities rather than genuinely useful features."

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