So, I ended up having quite a few problems with the original setup that weren’t expected. I am going to have to fundamentally change the way that I look at how I do work, and what exactly is needed while I am doing said work.
Here’s a fairly short explanation.
Originally I had planned to do this experiment using the 32-bit variants of Ubuntu and Windows XP. I have recently purchased 8GB of RAM, however, so I will need to use the 64-bit variants in order to take full advantage of this hardware.
What I need to know is which Windows version should I use?
- Windows XP 64-bit
- Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Windows 7 Beta 64-bit
If I stick with Windows XP 64-bit, will I have issues with Adobe CS4?
Will I hate myself for even thinking of installing Vista?
Should I bother with Windows 7, since the beta will run out in August?
Do you have any experience with any of these Operating Systems, or some insight that might help me make the right choice? Let me know in the comments.
I probably talk way too much about how much I dislike Windows, and not offer enough solid critical feedback for anyone to take me seriously. I was messing around with my XP install, trying to find a way to clearly divide the two main workflows that I have, and automate switching between, making it as easy–and fast–as possible to get things done.
Now, I don’t know if these issues are unique to me, and the way that I do things on Windows, but I have a feeling there are other people out there who will agree with me.
The two main workflows that I encounter in Windows:
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I got a 32 and 64-bit key, just in case. Everyone still advises going elsewhere for the actual ISO, as most of the straight-from-Microsoft downloads crap out at about 350Mb. I’m happily downloading the 64-bit version currently, and will probably be able to report back on Monday about what it’s like.
I have been none-too-happy with Microsoft lately, but am willing to give Windows 7 a try. I doubt I will switch back to Windows full time, but I have never used the DirectX 10 capabilities in my video cards, so I’m excited about this release!
Also, I am working on Comic #2, inspired by my friend Chuck Danner. Stay tuned for that!
As some of you may know, Ubuntu Linux 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” is set to be released in a few days. Since I last reinstalled Ubuntu, I decided to go with the 32-bit platform, even though my hardware is 64-bit capable.
At this point, I only run with 3.5Gb of RAM, so using 64-bit isn’t a must for me, but I, like other Linux users, like to squeak out every last bit of juice that my machine is capable of. The issues that I had with 64-bit are not mine alone, and I’m not too sure whether or not the next release of Ubuntu will in fact cure any or all of these issues.