Windows Vista

So, the Windows Vista Beta 1 was released yesterday. It hit MSDN sometime yesterday morning. It’s all over BitTorrent networks now too. I’m gonna give it a shot tonight as I have an extra PC to try it out on. I really don’t think I’ll like it that well. Probably just more bloatware.

I can’t really comment on Vista though as I haven’t tried it yet. Jeremy Wright’s Ensight has some good information about Vista though. He’s got a few links to screenshots.

TDavid @ Make You Go Hmm doesn’t understand what all the excitement is about. And neither do I frankly. I suggest you read his take on all the microsofties partying it up for the beta release of Vista. Seems silly to me too.

I am mostly interested in what Microsoft has done with the user interface. Does it have a dashboard? I know there was talk a long time ago about a dashboard in Longhorn, dunno if it came through into the Vista Beta 1 or not. I stopped paying attention.

I hope Gnome officially adds some sort of dashboard soon. I think the Longhorn dashboard was different than the dashboard in Mac OS X. The dashboard that was in Longhorn and may be in Vista (I dunno yet), is more like Beagle, which looks awesome. Beagle is similar to the Spotlight in Mac OS X. I’d actually expect to see Beagle in Dropline Gnome sooner or later, even if it’s not part of the official Gnome. The Gnome people seem to be really good about scheduling releases and sticking to those deadlines. I’m not sure if they plan what new software to include in future releases. I’d bet Beable will officially be included with Gnome around Gnome 2.2 or 2.4, if the releases continue being numbered as they are now.

This was supposed to be a post about Windows Vista. Maybe I should have touched on that subject after actually trying Vista. Doesn’t matter, cuz Gnome kills Windows in terms of UI.

Oh, and for those of you who don’t want to validate your copy of Windows to get updates, see below. Found this via BoingBoing.

Before pressing ‘Custom’ or ‘Express’ buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:


It turns off the trigger for the key check.

After doing that, the page where you select “Custom” or “Express” is reloaded. Select your option and you can get the updates you want (not just the critical updates) without validating.