Linux Saves The Day

Here’s an interesting article about a user having problems booting into Windows. The laptop was getting the dreaded blue screen of death. The technician tried booting from ‘safe mode ‘and from ‘last known good’, but still, it will not repair.  The technician tried booting from a Windows installation DVD, Vista and even Windows 7. Still can’t boot. Then, Ubuntu 8.04 came in to the rescue. The system booted just fine in Linux. The technician was able to access the files. All the technician did was restore the backup registry files. Presto. Windows rebooted like nothing happened. Why can’t Vista, Windows 7 boot CDs make this repair is beyond me.

Windows 7 Pricing

I read an article about Windows 7 pricing the other day. I literally had to sit down and take notes in trying to understand the mess of it all. Windows 7 pricing is confusing to say the least. Pricing depends on which version of Windows 7 you buy, whether you get an upgrade, full version or a family pack. If you are in Europe, you will most likely pay double than your US counterpart. Payback for IE? Who knows. Nevertheless, Windows 7 pricing is confusing and convoluted.

Windows 7 Prices

Preorder – Starting June 26 until July 11, 2009, Windows users can preorder Windows 7 Home Edition and Professional. This is a limited time offer. This is an upgrade version and NOT the full version. Upgrades are available for Windows XP and Vista users only.

  • Preorder Windows 7 Home Premium Edition $50
  • PreOrder Windows 7 Professional $100

Family Pack – Allows 3 PCs in a single household to be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Edition. This is an upgrade only. Details on this offer is sketchy. Wait for Microsoft’s official announcement.

  • Family Pack Windows 7 Home Premium Edition $150

Upgrades – Upgrades are available only for Windows XP and Vista users only. Earlier versions are not supported.

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade $120
  • Windows 7 Professional Upgrade $200
  • Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade $220

Full Version

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version $200
  • Windows 7 Professional Full Version $300
  • Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version $320

Buying a PC now – Starting June 26 to October 22 and beyond, buyers of PCs with Windows XP and Vista installed can upgrade to Windows 7 for FREE. This is a bit deceiving because the actual cost is outlined below in the OEM which is passed on eventually to consumers.

OEM Price – Cost after October 22 when you buy a brand new system with a Windows 7 operating system. The cost is passed on to the consumers by vendors. Currently, the OEM cost are: Windows XP $15, Vista Home Basic $97, Vista Home Premium $121, Vista Business $153 and Vista Ultimate for $205. See the OEM prices for XP and Vista.

  • Windows 7 Starter Edition OEM  $50 (1)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $200

This means, if you buy a $700 PC, you paid for $500 for hardware and $200 to Microsoft for the operating system.

(1) Please note that Microsoft has placed a limit on the hardware requirements for the Starter Edition. Vendors have to comply not to install Windows 7 Starter Edition on anything less than the following: 10.2 inch screen, 1GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, 64GB solid state, and on a single core processor with less than 2GHz.

Europe – If you live in Europe, you poor souls, expect to pay a lot more, almost double for what the US users will be paying. After all, Microsoft has to pay all those programmers to strip IE from Windows 7 and also pay for the new packaging of Windows 7E. By the way, there is no upgrade, just the full version.

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version $120
  • Windows 7 Professional Full Version $286
  • Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version $300

Competition – Finally, let’s compare the rest of the competition:

Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X Leopard Upgrade $29
  • Mac OS X Leopard $129
  • Mac OS X Leopard Family Pack $199

Linux

  • Linux Upgrade $0.00
  • Linux Full Version $0.00
  • Linux All Universe Pack $0.00

Android on Mini Laptops

Android sounds like a robot, but it is actually a Linux distribution by Google. Acer, the third largest PC maker will offer Android to its mini laptops. It will compete with several Linux distributions like gOS, Linpus and Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix among others. Most of all, Google is now a competitor of Microsoft in the OS market. Currently, most mini laptops are powered by Windows XP since Vista, Microsoft’s flagship OS is too slow and resource hungry to run the underpowered mini laptops. The Android offering is going to be attractive to consumers since Google already has the brand, the online office applications and Chrome, its own browser.