Bye, bye Windows!

When Windows 7 was released, I gleefully decided that this was going to be my chance to get away from XP Professional 64-bit, since it crashed reasonably frequently (every day or so).  Not too much of a problem, since it normally happened overnight, but when you are downloading the latest version of eBusiness Suite, then it can be annoying to say the least.

So, I stumped up my £150 for Ultimate edition, and a couple of days after the release date, it duly arrived.  Nice clean install – two new 1.0TB hard drives, two new ATI graphics cards, all ready to go.  No problems with the install (which was only to be expected, since the drives were completely new and hadn’t been used before), and then I started to actually use the system.

And it crashed.

And it crashed.

And it crashed again.  At least once a day, and every night – the PC crashed.  Annoying when you aren’t using it – VERY frustrating when you have just waited 20 minutes for a virtual machine to start and it blue screens.  No help from Microsoft, no help on the net, nothing.

And so, this week, while I was at UK OUG, I decided to leave the machine running a live CD version of Ubuntu 9.10 to see how that went.  Last night, when I got home, it was still running – 5 days of uptime.

So, today it’s goodbye to Windows 7, hello Ubuntu – and the installfest continues 🙂

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