January 24, 2007

Free Vista DVD Received from Powertogether.com

With the imminent Windows Vista release, I’m one of the lucky ones who’ll be upgrading today. Thanks to PowerTogether.com and their “watch a few videos, get Vista for free” deal, I’ve got Vista Business in my hand… product key and everything.

The package I got was plain. No box or anything, just a slip-sleeve similar to a trial software package. Inside, however, contains the Vista DVD, covered with the trademark holograms and my very own Product ID. It’ll be nice to drop my RC1 partition for something a bit more permanent.

This is exciting for me as I’ve been running XP Home on my Dell Dimension for a while now as it’s been nothing but a headache trying to do anything with my XP Pro (pre-SP1) upgrade disc. I really miss being able to network/RDC/etc easily with Windows. I don’t use Windows for anything other than seeing how my websites look in IE, and the occasional game or two. With Vista Business, I may do a bit more in Windows… we’ll see how it goes.

I’ll probably do a write up of my thoughts on the new OS within the week now that I’ll be playing with the *final* version, rather than a release candidate. Stay tuned for that.

On a side note, I spent a good portion of the last couple days getting Ubuntu running on a third partition (if you’re counting, that’s XP, Vista RC1, Ubuntu). It’s amazing how much faster Linux runs outside of a virtual console like VMWare or Q. I’m hoping to get a bit more time to play with Ubuntu and get acquainted with the OS as it comes highly recommended by a couple of my buddies.


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