Friday, June 26, 2009

Windows 7 Pre-Order Starts Today, Half Off

Microsoft has made it official, click here for details.

There are a good number of retailers selling the pre-order (the standard set, Best Buy, Office Depot...), and online you can get it at, Amazon and Tiger Direct.

Microsoft has this note about the duration of the pre-order sale: "The offer begins on June 26, 2009 and will continue while supplies last, or until July 11, 2009, whichever comes first."

This is probably the best deal you could expect out of Microsoft. So pre-order while you can.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Windows 7 Discount, Limited Time Only!

According to this article at CNN (which appears to originate from CNET), Microsoft is discounting the heck out of Windows 7 Home and Professional upgrades for a period of two weeks.

Starting tomorrow (June 26) thru July 11, you will be able to purchase the upgrade versions on Windows 7 Home and Professional for $40 and $99 respectively.

Those of us who are running the release candidate need to jump on this offer. Unfortunately, I haven't found any word of a discount on Windows 7 Ultimate, so those running the RC may be forced to reinstall to downgrade from Ultimate to Professional.

The upgrades should be available at Best Buy, Amazon and many other retailers. I checked but as of today, all they list is the release candidate.

The article also mentions something about limited quantities. They weren't able to expound on that, so who knows what that means. Limited number of copies per customer, or a limited number for the entire community?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fedora 11 Released

Fedora 11 Leonidas released yesterday. I've performed an upgrade and a clean install, both on encrypted laptops. Both installs went smoothly, however the upgrade took close to 3 hours. Yikes!

Some thoughts:
  • ATI has not released fglrx drivers yet for kernel 2.6.29, on which is what F11 is based
  • To get my nVidia based card (Geforce 8400 GS) to boot using the fancy Plymouth animated scene, I had to add "vga=0x361" to the kernel boot params in grub.conf, 32 bit 1280x800
  • I also had to add "vmalloc=128MB" to my grub conf so that the nvidia (kmod-nvidia-PAE) would load at runlevel 5. I kept getting errors related to vmalloc without this. Obviously, if you had a 256MB card you'd want to set it appropriately
I've just finished the installs / upgrades, so I can't comment yet on the features.

Get Fedora 11 now at

Update: The issue that I encountered with my nVidia card in F11 is documented in this Red Hat bug:

I also made an FAQ entry documenting this solution on the Common F11 Bugs page.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Windows 7 Release Date Set

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will release October 22, 2009.

I've been running Windows 7 RC 64bit on one of my home systems and have been pleased with the speed and stability as compared to Vista.