Fast Boot Your PC With Xandros Presto

August 1, 2009 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, linux, windows 

Presto is a fast boot Linux operating system from Xandros. It provides one of the easiest ways to dual boot Windows with Linux. Presto is intended to be a complement to Microsoft Windows rather than a replacement. What makes Presto a bit of an oddball in the Linux world is than it can only be installed in Windows XP or Vista. It requires an NTFS partition and automatically creates an entry in the Windows boot loader upon installation. There is no way to install it without having Windows on your PC first. Read more

What OS Do You Run On Your Netbook?

July 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: linux, opinion, Ubuntu, windows 

The web is rife with articles and blog posts citing statistics of Windows vs. Linux on netbooks. Nearly all of these articles mention the stats of the pre-installed OS from online and brick and mortar stores. A quick search of NewEgg.com yielded  one netbook with Linux pre-installed and 63 running Windows XP. There were also another 15 running various versions of Vista. So it seems that those that desire to purchase a netbook running Linux have little choice from retailers. Read more

Windows Web Browser Shootout

May 19, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: firefox, windows 

With the arrival of the Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Beta I figured it was a good time to run some benchmarks on the major web browsers available for Windows. I chose to run the Acid3 Test and Google's V8 Benchmark. The Acid3 Test checks to see if a browser properly renders a page according to web standards. The V8 Benchmark is a test of JavaScript execution speed. I know there are more exhaustive benchmarks available, notably SunSpider and Peacekeeper.  Both of those take quite a bit of time to execute and I didn't feel like it would add much value to the rating. Read more

Who Needs Windows?

May 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: linux, opinion, windows 

Unless you live under a rock, or you just plain don't watch television you've seen one of Microsoft's "I'm a PC" ads. These ads focus on the idea that PC's are generally a better value than Mac's on the basis of comparable hardware specs. I agree with this generalization. Read more

Windows 7 Won’t Close the Door For Linux

April 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: linux, opinion, windows 

Yesterday on PCMag.com, Lance Ulanoff had a post stating that Windows 7 Starter Won't Open any Doors for Android or Linux. I have to agree with Mr. Ulanoff, but not for the same reason. Windows 7 Starter Edition won't open any doors because Windows Vista already opened the door. Read more

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