and then a few days after windows 7 launches comes ubuntu 9.10—karmic koala. i’m excited about that too.
for me, what will likely happen is that i will upgrade to karmic koala as soon as its out and i’ll wait for the ideal time to get windows 7. when is the ideal time?, you ask. and my answer is, when i get the extra money (which is so not now). or when someone gives me a license (like that’s going to happen).
now, if i want to run windows 7 on my computer i would be compelled to upgrade the memory and the graphics card or maybe even, heaven forbid, purchase a new computer altogether. and then i’d have to buy a license. that’s a double whammy right there. as it is, my current workstation barely clears the minimum system requirements of windows 7 but its already okay at running windows xp. i suspect that with the upgrades it would run xp even better than it would running windows 7. ibm and canonical even suggests that running ubuntu on the old hardware is a better (and economical) option. i would agree. as things stand, most of the computers i take care of need more memory or need to be replaced altogether just to run windows 7. and that’s a more money out of the coffers.
still, windows 7 is ‘new’ and i get interested with new things. its like a grown up toy. i try to learn about it, see how it works and, eventually, get to know how to break or hack into it. ha! i do that with almost everything technologically related. curiosity is a habit of mine. i will eventually get to play with windows 7. and ubuntu 9.10. my curiosity will be quenched for the moment until something new comes about again.
but at the end of the day, it all comes down to economics. its cheaper to deploy linux. there’s no going around it. free is free. still, there are people—and companies—willing to shell out the money for staying in their comfort zones. to each his/her own.