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Developers Will Get Windows 7 Alpha On Oct. 28

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the let's-call-it-project-kilimanjaro dept.

Windows 83

CWmike writes "Microsoft confirmed today that it will hand out 'pre-beta' release copies of Windows 7 on Oct. 28, at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Mike Swanson, a Microsoft technology evangelist, has said attendees will receive a 160GB external USB hard drive that will presumably include the Windows 7 alpha. Mike Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, was cautiously optimistic that today's announcement meant Microsoft was on track with Windows 7. 'If they didn't do this, you would have to wonder if they could make the schedule,' Cherry said."

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83 comments

Vista/Mohave Remix (2, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156313)

No way it's anything else. MS couldn't code anything substantial that fast. Then again, I suppose they could have outsourced the whole thing...

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25156419)

Vista in contrast, took only 2 1/2 Years.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158375)

Vista in contrast, took only 2 1/2 Years.

Wow... maybe you were going for a +1 Funny? I can see why you posted that one anonymously.

Vista took almost a decade.

Vista was supposed to be the culmination of numerous projects, some of which started in the mid-late 1990's.

At the last minute, many of those features were dropped - but the work on Vista started much longer ago than your indicated 2.5 year timeframe (including realizing that after nearly 10 years, numerous features still didnt work properly).

Now, perhaps you are discussing one of their numerous announcement dates? ("Gee, we're gonna make Vista!!!") - that would be different - but not in any way applicable to the thread you were responding to.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

Hairy Heron (1296923) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156433)

Wait? Windows Mojave is really Windows Vista?!?!?!

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

lowlymarine (1172723) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156435)

Well it's easier to move quickly when you cut out all the features [slashdot.org] .

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (2, Insightful)

reynaert (264437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156441)

I would be very surprised if Windows 7 is anything other than Vista SP2.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (2, Funny)

drspliff (652992) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157943)

Did you mean Vista RC1?

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (4, Interesting)

cbhacking (979169) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158221)

It's a bit bigger than that. Multi-touch capabilities, vastly improved BitLocker, new networking capabilities that simplify sending/sharing files, a couple substantial changes to UAC (in some cases simply changing simple config options to make it less "annoying", in other cases adding new capabilities such as automatic elevation for MS-signed binaries). Bootup and hibernation are being parallelized and should run faster on multi-core machines now. Many apps, including the calculator, notepad, and Paint have undergone significant UI and/or feature upgrades. The general UI has been updated somewhat as well.

The kernel sounds remarkably similar, though. More like 6.1 or 6.2 than 7.0.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (2, Insightful)

Taxman415a (863020) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158491)

Emphasis on the bit. Of course they're just claiming that it's going to have multi-touch throughout anyway. Most likely it will be half assed and even if it isn't that would still make Windows 7 a far cry from the features that were promised to be in Vista/Longhorn years ago. So yes, basically it's Windows ME all over again.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

DevonBorn (975502) | more than 4 years ago | (#25184625)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was rather under the impression that Vista is the new ME or are you saying that 7 will also be a ME (perhaps a ME^2 ?)

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (2, Informative)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156645)

The Vista codeline is what Windows 2008 is built on (it is Vista SP1 with additional server-orientated stuff). The Windows 7 codebase is built on top of this.

Also, from what I understand, MS aren't doing anything too drastic in the kernel.

With Vista as the foundation (which they rewrote a lot of, IIRC) they can make incremental, evolutionary improvements.

Take Firefox as an example: Mozilla didn't rewrite it when they were developing FF3; they cleaned up bits, for sure, and added new features, but it was a logical progression.

With the number of developers Microsoft has, they can do a lot of development work, so have the potential to add a lot to the Vista/2008 codebase.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158435)

With the number of developers Microsoft has, they can do a lot of development work, so have the potential to add a lot to the Vista/2008 codebase.

The only thing that makes that statement true is the word "potential" - which we learned from all the scaled back and incomplete features in Vista, truly translates into "the most infinitesimally small potential to..."

Just sayin...

;-)

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25162901)

That's why I specifically worded it that way :)

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158963)

Actually, FF3 is a major version upgrade, hence the transition from 2 to 3. Not necessarily a rewrite from scratch, but everything was touched, like everything in windows was touched between XP and vista (it could have been a great thing, could have)

Win 7, however, seems to be a misnomer for PR reasons, since MS said it wasn't going to be too drastically different from vista, just as XP was not too drastic from win2k (once you took out the bubbly luna look and feel). Vista was windows 6, so, it seems win 7 is really win 6.x, at least when you follow the numbering MS has traditionally used as well as standard industry practice (NT was 3.51 and 4, win2k was 5.0, XP was 5.1 i believe, vista is 6). I am sure someone could come up with some humor based on their mismatched version naming conventions.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25162895)

Of course FF3 is a major version upgrade. However, the code is an evolution of the previous version.

Windows 95 (and its children), Windows NT, Windows 2000 (I believe), and Vista (not sure about XP) were *major* changes. Not incremental improvements on the existing codebase, but extensive rewrites. This means that although they provide the same (or slightly different core API), they are not the same codeline.

Microsoft - with Vista, through Win7 - are using the same codebase. That does not mean that it will be a Vista SP2, hence the FF3 reference. What it means is that they don't have to rewrite core kernel APIs, which would slow them down when writing the new features. (Here, think of Netscape's rewrite of their browser).

For Win8, they may abandon the Vista codebase and use something like MinWin, or Midori, or whatever is currently in vogue.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25161163)

The Vista codeline is what Windows 2008 is built on (it is Vista SP1 with additional server-orientated stuff). The Windows 7 codebase is built on top of this.

And though I wont look it up, the fact that Vista needed a patch for a 3.1 bug with image handling tells me that they have actually never changed anything. And so you pay good money for 1990's technology. I make my kip as a .NET programmer, but I would never pay for the pain that is Vista or 7, and my organization is sticking with XP come hell or high water. Scares me for the long run though.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25161609)

and there was a relatively recent article of 20 year old regression being fixed in nix code. Just becuase some code is old doesn't mean it isn't still relavent or needs to be rewritten. You don't rewrite code to handle an image unless there is a specific bug or a change to the underlying standard. I have C++ class libraries that I wrote in the late 80's that I still use today, this doesn't mean I never change code, just means I don't rewrite code unless there is a necessary reason too. Many of the underlying concepts of C and C++ are about code reuse.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25163041)

Don't forget that Microsoft still need to be backward compatible as much as possible. It is possible that MS rewrote the image handling code, but kept it compatible with the way Win3.1 handles images such that they share the issue.

Another possibility is that MS are keeping the Win3.1 binaries to run 3.1 applications, as 3.1 applications are 16-bit. Microsoft are known for (as can be seen by the huge WinSxS folder in Vista) for keeping older versions of their libraries around. For example, comctl32 is kept around for programs that display the classic look (you need to opt in for the themed look), and all of the d3d[8/9/10]x_[26/../39/..].dll files that populate your system.

Also (not being a developer at Microsoft), I don't know how extensive the rewrites are, I can only deduce this from what I read about from sources like Paul Thurott and wikipedia.

Also, the Wine test results at http://test.winehq.org/data/ [winehq.org] give a good indication at this. Those indicate a large variance in behaviour between the versions of Windows, but also show similarity between some of them (e.g. 95 and 98).

The Wine team are busy fixing these so that the tests should pass on all platforms, therefore some of this variance is being lost. (NOTE: some of these problems are differences in platform setup.)

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156875)

I think you meant Vista/Mohave Redux.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

Zeio (325157) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157207)

True,

And if EAX/DirectSound and DirectSound3D don't work, this thing is headed for the same DRM/Securepath infested garbage bin Vista is in.

Re:Vista/Mojave Remix (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157539)

I'd say it's not enough time to write a new OS but definitely enough time to fix all the stuff wrong with Vista...okay, most of it. So if that's all they did, I like the features that do work in Vista. If they add back the stuff they purposely removed like recording off the stereo mixer interally on the sound card and ohhhh maybe let me play movies properly and make it stop crashing, I'd buy it. Actually I really wouldn't cuz I run a ton of old apps but it's the thought that counts. Of course I should say that if all they did was make it look a little different and apparently removed features (as heard on slashdot) and still left all the ridiculous crap in it, then it's is OVER FOR MICROSOFT! They better start making clothes or something cuz they're done with computers then.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

Cowmonaut (989226) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158055)

Again, Windows 7 started development while Vista was still being made. Just because Vista got delayed does not mean Microsoft pushed back the ground breaking for the replacement OS. Sad fact, by the time a Windows version is released its already outdated. The security patches are just to keep people "happy" until they can be conned into buying the 'latest and greatest' Windows version.

Re:Vista/Mohave Remix (1)

Slacksoft (1066064) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158695)

No wonder the code quality is so terrible, and they say outsourcing doesn't harm anyone.

External HD? (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156423)

If they require an external HD to hand this thing out it better contain a boatload of documentation or developer tools. I've never seen one of these, so can someone tell us what MS usually hands out in a pre-beta for developers that takes up so many bits?

Re:External HD? (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157525)

If they require an external HD to hand this thing out it better contain a boatload of documentation or developer tools. I've never seen one of these...

Here you go [wikipedia.org] .

Re:External HD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25157829)

ROFLOL...MOD parent UP...

Re:External HD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25157979)

HAHAROFL... NO!

160GB hard drive is a GIFT to attendees (1)

phatvw (996438) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157967)

"Plus... we're announcing the very special gift that all PDC attendees will receive: a 160GB external USB2 hard drive with all of the bits! Could 'The Goods' get any cooler? They just did!"

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Dan/Countdown-to-PDC-2008-This-is-the-Software--Services-PDC-Plus-a-Hard-Drive-Chock-Full-oBits-is-a-PDC/ [msdn.com]

If you honestly think the the drive is completely filled with Windows OS+tools, you're quite naive.

Re:160GB hard drive is a GIFT to attendees (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158237)

I didn't say the disk was full. I just didn't understand why it would require an external HD for distribution. But thanks for so politely explaining it's a "gift".

The last thing I ever got and installed from MS was Visual Studio .NET 2003, which came on 16 CDs. So I wouldn't be surprised at any level of bloat they hand out to developers.

Re:160GB hard drive is a GIFT to attendees (1)

phatvw (996438) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158655)

Please accept my apologies. I think I'm trying too hard to keep up with the level of sarcasm and backlash against linux fanboys on this forum. I'm really not that immature I swear!

Don't be a Cunt (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25156431)

If you can't say something nice then shut your Jew mouth.

Re:Don't be a Cunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159839)

Hello Cartman. izat you?

Re:Don't be a Cunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25163335)

Wir mussen dee jewden ausrotten

zomg! run! (1)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156439)

Holy code bloat, Batman! Windows 7 eats up 160GB of hard drive space? This is even worse than Vista!

Re:zomg! run! (1)

EmperorKagato (689705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156615)

No silly! Most of the disk space is probably occupied by HD video, presentations and documentation.


develoeprs... developers... developers... developers.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158571)

No silly! Most of the disk space is probably occupied by HD video, presentations and documentation.

If by HD video, presentations and documentation you mean the top results from an MSN porn search, I see much more interest in the follow up conferences. The porn would be tied into the security of the new products. It's easy to miss a single wrong character in an MD5 checksum, but misplace one pixel in a boob shot and you'd have a lot more admins taking an active stance in securing their boxes.

Wait...

Re:zomg! run! or why is code so big (1, Insightful)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156683)

Actually, they just said the size of the flash drive will be 160GB.

Remember, it's an alpha release, so all code modules include debug code and other information that a release candidate won't have. This assists in stepping through the debugging and allowing you to dump the status of objects and variables, including statics, at the time of a crash or problem.

But, admittedly, code bloat is a problem at Microsoft.

I hope the final version won't autoload all the libraries and all the possible apps that you might ever need or want - this is one of the reasons why WinVista is such a dog of an OS - on startup it loads a lot of chrome most people don't want and don't need - and this is why they can trick you into "choosing" a stripped down WinVista with all these optional chrome apps and libraries not there on load as "better" than WinXP.

But, given their past behavior, I wouldn't bet on them releasing a lean OS, even for business users.

Re:zomg! run! or why is code so big (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25157541)

Actually, they just said the size of the flash drive will be 160GB.

Remember, it's an alpha release, so all code modules include debug code and other information that a release candidate won't have. This assists in stepping through the debugging and allowing you to dump the status of objects and variables, including statics, at the time of a crash or problem.

But, admittedly, code bloat is a problem at Microsoft.

I hope the final version won't autoload all the libraries and all the possible apps that you might ever need or want - this is one of the reasons why WinVista is such a dog of an OS - on startup it loads a lot of chrome most people don't want and don't need - and this is why they can trick you into "choosing" a stripped down WinVista with all these optional chrome apps and libraries not there on load as "better" than WinXP.

But, given their past behavior, I wouldn't bet on them releasing a lean OS, even for business users.

parent is clueless

Re:zomg! run! or why is code so big (0, Troll)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157749)

parent is clueless

Child is still booting his OS ...

Re:zomg! run! (0)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156727)

My jaw literally dropped and I couldn't close it for around 20 second. A 160GB harddrive for a bloody Operating System!? Are they bloody nuts? Assume that you need more than a DL-DVD. That's more than 9GB of compressed information. That is absolutely humongous. I feel like an old fart remembering the time that we had a 4 GB harddrive. And now a MS created monster called Windows 7 takes up more than 9GB of information? Even with extra testing/developing info that's simply unbelievable. I am not putting this whale on my computer and I hope I don't have to for a very long time. Cut some lard out of this piece of bloat MS, you CAN really do with less.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156869)

I feel like an old fart remembering the time that we had a 4 GB harddrive.

I'm only 28 and remember loading programs from a cassette tape on our VIC-20. I also remember when we got our first 100MB hard drive for our Packard Bell, and immediately partitioned it into 5 20MB partitions.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157341)

I used to literally flip switches to load programs, and when we got a cassette drive I was thrilled.

Then again, I made my own S-100 bus computer back in the day, so having skills with a soldering iron was useful too.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159509)

I recently programmed a 2 kbit flash rom with nothing but a battery, two resistors and two toggle switches. Does that count?
-nB

(did it to prove a point FWIW)

Re:zomg! run! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159681)

only if the battery is salt powered or a potato battery ...

Re:zomg! run! (1)

ryanov (193048) | more than 5 years ago | (#25162263)

I'm 26 and remember our 43 MB HD, which was large at the time, which had to be partitioned into 33 MB and 10 MB partitions. I think DOS 5.0 had a limitation? Or maybe it was 4.0 and we didn't repartition when upgrading.

Re:zomg! run! (2, Informative)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157377)

Perhaps if you had spent some of those 20 seconds reading the article, you might have run across this sentence:

Mike Swanson, a Microsoft technology evangelist working on the PDC, said earlier this week that attendees will receive a 160GB external USB hard drive that will contain all the developer bits from the conference. The USB drive will presumably include the pre-beta version of Windows 7.

So, this includes all the bits from the conference... this means a lot of video presentations, power-point presentations and images, along with (I'd presume) a number of SDKs, what have you...

The 160GB hard drive is in no way indicative of the final size of the Windows 7.

Oh, and my first harddrive was 20MB. :)

Re:zomg! run! (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157955)

Have you looked at what vista and OSX 10.5 use when installed? Both are 20+GB. Granted OSX has more stuff to use then the base os.

Re:zomg! run! (0)

dhavleak (912889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159881)

This is how stupid rumors start.. think for a second: this is swag at PDC! The disk has an OS, SDK tools, loads of video content, and it's still probably not full. Win7 will fit on a DVD. There's no other distribution method available. Even a freaking BluRay disk won't be able to hold a 160GB OS.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

Cathoderoytube (1088737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156755)

No no no. You didn't read the full article. Windows 7 only takes up 2 gigs. The rest of the space on the hard drives they're handing out is full of porn and stolen credit card numbers.

Re:zomg! run! (1)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25163069)

Microsoft must have slimmed Vista down a lot then, as Vista takes somewhere between 10GB - 15GB!

What happens to windows vista now ? (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156457)

they were still pushing and selling it to people ? ads and whatnot, with shaking butts etc ?

Re:What happens to windows vista now ? (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156555)

or doing the robot.

vista isn't going to get adopted by businesses so windows 7 is important. so for right now they need to pretend like vista is all happy fun stuff for consumers, and eventually windows 7 will fix stuff.

 

but (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156709)

businesses do not need anything new. xp does ok.

Re:but (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157097)

Until Microsoft ends support for XP and a new version of Windows is required to ever get anything patched (still years away, but businesses must prepare).

It's evangelism! (2, Funny)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156653)

Oh, vista's not dead...

Mike Swanson, a Microsoft technology evangelist

Here's the text from his upcoming speech:

"And, beeHOLD, Ah say to YOO-uh, Windows 7 comes NOT to ABOLISH Vista but to FULFILL it! Ay-men!"

Don't stick around for the faith healings, you might get smacked upside the head with an external 160 Gig HDD.

Re:It's evangelism! (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156871)

Don't stick around for the faith healings, you might get smacked upside the head with an external 160 Gig HDD.

why external ?

Re:It's evangelism! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158031)

why external ?

Because if you take it internally it will make you sick.

Re:It's evangelism! (1)

MSwanson (99458) | more than 5 years ago | (#25161287)

Awesome! I'm definitely LOL over here. I'll have to work on my evangelistic delivery. :)

Re:What happens to windows vista now ? (2, Insightful)

blitzkrieg3 (995849) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156663)

they were still pushing and selling it to people ? ads and whatnot, with shaking butts etc ?

It looks like they're attacking this from two angles. There's the "Vista isn't as bad as you think it is" side, and the "Let's get something else out the door without a prejudiced bad reputation" side. Right now vista evokes the mental image of a steaming pile of bloat, so unless the marketing campaign can give the vista brand a positive image in the mind of consumers, there's no hurt in talking about the next big thing (that isn't vista). At the very worst, it will start out with 0 brand recognition, as opposed to negative, and reviews will probably be favorable considering that MS set the bar so low with vista.

Re:What happens to windows vista now ? (1)

ArtemaOne (1300025) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156713)

If it is in Alpha then it is still 2 years out I'd imagine. Then you consider Vista has been out since Novemberish 2006. Just because they took way too long to go from XP to Vista (letting people get too comfortable), doesn't mean they wont move back to an every few years thing like prior to XP (which sucked when new, imagine that).

So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156473)

So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28, does that mean the hotfix for major holes in the OS gets released in SP1 or SP2 next year?

By the way, USB flash drives, by their nature, are inherently insecure.

Re:So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

Vagnaard (1366015) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157323)

I was under the impression that windows 7 was supposed to be out by 2010. Even better if we get an SP1 or 2 next year!

Re:So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157487)

Open the pod bay doors, Hal!

2010 ...

Personally, I hope they just go to Windows 9 and skip the code bloat of both 7 and 8.

Re:So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

AndyCR (1091663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158099)

By the way, USB flash drives, by their nature, are inherently insecure.

It's an external hard drive, but at any rate it's not insecure if you use encryption. If anyone gets my USB drive they'll get the hardware, the decryption program, and a bunch of noise. At any rate, why would security even be an issue? It's not like they can prevent anyone from copying the data after the conference.

Re:So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158311)

Actually, even encryption isn't that secure. The external nature of the port makes a contact cover replacement fairly easy to pull off and you can use the system power to operate the transmitter for easy espionage.

People have a habit of not looking for things they don't think are there.

Re:So, if we get pre-beta on Oct 28 (1)

AndyCR (1091663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25160815)

If the encryption is done using a program rather than hardware in the drive, cyphertext would be going to/from the port and it would be decrypted by the computer, not the drive itself. (If they have enough access to your machine to install a port listening device of some kind, however, you're hosed anyway.)

And seeing there is something called the Internet (1)

kidde_valind (1060754) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156477)

The alpha will almost simultaneously be available to everyone at their favorite BitTorrent tracker.

Set aside six hours to boot the OS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25156583)

Based on prior releases, figure 4 hours for install, 2 hours to configure settings, and an additional 6 hours to get the OS to boot.

And don't believe them when they say it only takes a quad-core machine with 4.0 GHz, it will need an octo-core machine with a stable high-end graphics chipset running at least 50 percent faster, if prior releases are any guideline.

Windows 7 (2, Insightful)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156631)

AKA Windows DVIAMEWBSOSTLDF
(Damn! Vista Is A Major Embarrassment We'd Better Slam Out Something That Looks Different FAST!)

Re:Windows 7 (1)

alexhs (877055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158261)

/me tried to pronounce it...
Windows DvIamEwBsOstLDf ?
Was that intentional ?
Will it have the same reliability ? :P

Re:Windows 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25160633)

Why is everyone saying this is a rushed out fix for vista? Vista has been out for nearly 2 years. Windows 7 is still 1-2 years away, that is there standard announced release cycle of 4 years (barring delays)

Windows 7, leaner than ever! (1)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 5 years ago | (#25156715)

After stripping out all the applications it only weighs in at 160GB :P

Spreading malware (1)

Vandilizer (201798) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157179)

You use to spread this stuff with just the boot sector of a floppy, I know over they years malware grew in size to the point where the last major version came on dvds. But really 160GB hard dive does this mean we will all need to have blueray players to install the latest viruses?

Ah well..... that's progress for you.

Re:Spreading malware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25174447)

It ain't your father's malware writers anymore. Today's script kiddies don't know assembler or even what a bit is, so they must include a 100+ GB's of VM plus an entire class library plus umpteen frameworks with their malware. The only good news is that the kiddies' code for trying to grind your machine to a halt doesn't even have to work, just loading the dependent runtime does that. How do you write a malware that completely takes over someone's machine? Simple, just write hello world, but do it in Java or C#. s/hello world/ha ha ha I'm the evil ub3rhax0r and I've rendered your machine completely unusable!!!/ and you're done.

Alpha version isn't 160GB (1)

Lupulack (3988) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157613)

As an alpha it likely doesn't include niceties like "installers", I wouldn't be surprised if the HD contains a complete disk image for use on a virtual machine.

And as previous posters have said, this is for developers , so it'll also have documentation , code examples, videos, all that jazz.

On the volume of the drive... (2, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 5 years ago | (#25157651)

I imagine that this is akin to video game reviewers getting DSes and PSPs with the video game to review: it's just swag. And bribery. And you don't have to wipe a good machine to try it out.

I have trouble believing that Microsoft would deliberately submit themselves to a joke so transparent that half of the Slashdot comments are about it. They worry about that sort of thing. Why, I bet Ballmer is reading this thread and throwing chairs around right now!

Re:On the volume of the drive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25161817)

I have trouble believing that Microsoft would deliberately submit themselves to a joke so transparent that half of the Slashdot comments are about it

Man I've been reading the "year of the desktop" posts for a decade now. When are you guys going to create a decent OS?
Yeah, I know 0.94533% of the market agrees with you. Or is it 0.96%? Hurray ! Time to rejoice?

Keep doing your little penguin dance on slashdot while MS piles on the billions. No, seriously, continue with your penguin dance. It's vaguely amusing to the people in the real world.

October 8th is the private beta (3, Funny)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158905)

October 9th is the public beta. I hear they will be using Bittorrent for distribution.

Re:October 8th is the private beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25160179)

did you even read the article? the pre-beta (alpha) is avail for devs on the 28th Oct, so why would a PUBLIC BETA be avail before that?

Re:October 8th is the private beta (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 5 years ago | (#25179005)

Whoosh!

Discount code "PDC2008" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25161773)

My company just had me register for PDC and they had me use a special code of "PDC2008". Saved $200. Figured I'd share the code if it helps anybody else. Cheers!

foolish devs! (1)

GNUPublicLicense (1242094) | more than 5 years ago | (#25164369)

A new developer shall be aware he is now member of the "family", and has to protect the work of the "family"... but windows is not from the family, it's a parasite... young developer don't surrender to the dark side and all its short term bells and whistles...

Windows ME v2 (1)

BusinessHut (1143993) | more than 5 years ago | (#25170643)

So was Vista the next Windows ME? They just started getting everyone on this damn OS now we have to go through the whole upgrade debacle again? Vista got a bad rap, so now we have to ditch it for the new OS and pretend it never happened. Nice.

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