Linux is ok to great depending of what you intend to do and how must you are willing to re learn also, Win 7 is great when it come to Windows world.
Ok here my own experience, 64 bits run my 32 bits MS Office Pro Suite 2007 just fine, meaning is work great, I lost one component and I don't know the benefice of Visio as I never used it prior on Vista or XP anyway, Excell, Access, World, Power Point, Outlook all working great Palm Conduit access are working do their sync, old but it is working on a 64 bits and that mean something to me.
Games; Crysis work just great Call of Duty modern warfare great also, BF2, under 64 bits also and btw Crysis games is the benchmark right now for how your PC will support demanding games if your computer could run Crysis w/o problems well your PC will handle Win 7 like it is just a breaze,
Mind you I don't own any crapy hardware here, meaning I know the in and out of all my 4 PC and Server and all my PC have twice the OS minimum requirement for Vista or Win 7 that include the 64 bits for the RAM my personal desktop have 4 GB Ram and if every the motherboard die on me after the 3 years warranty I just put it out and put a new one but as it is an Asus it probably endure the life expectency of Win 7 and more.
All our family PC have migrated to Win 7 Pro and my best benchmark are wife and family approval for satisfaction and I could assure you that you it work just plain and simple on a good PC after all PC has been driven by the constant increase of MS OS in power and games are also a constant driven force in the market.
No home owner need a one GB Video card for only watching video, but their prices are dropping constantly as we speak a top of the line cost almost half this year and will continue to go down and they handle Crysis w/o problems.
If your computer meet and exceed minimum requirement, my suggestion is time 2 that minimum requirement as it was same for XP at beginning follow by Vista = requirement time 2.
Apple is same it will run but prior to snow it will fly on a Power PC.
So that constant truth remain in evey OS now matter wich one.
If you only do email and surfing the internet a full integrated Motherboard with graphic onboard will do the trick just make sure you have PCIe for eventual needed Video Card for games if wanted one or two PCI slot free for maybe a TV Tuner later (Onboard TV Tuner are always better as they do not the CPU computation for decoding and encoding, ATI TV tuner will be a good example of that, other do the same also, just make sure they specify it and that they are compatible Vista or better Win 7, My actual ATI TV tuner 500 series just work great under Win 7 64 bits and ATI are prompt to release and support for their recent hardware any new MS OS).
Other very good at support their hardware regarding drivers are the following; Brother, Logitech for example, the funny thing is that MS own hardware are not supported when it come to a new OS, well this have been my own experience regarding MS Sidewinder Josystick and games pad built for 98 not supported after that, not even in XP.
Very good Motherboard are the none generic motherboard for drivers support, i.e. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI.
Dell could be very problematic if needed to upgrade one other failling part of their hardware as they are using proprietary solution that make their hardware not compatible with the rest of the industry, i.e their motherboard use a lot of not industry standard when it come to simple connection.
HP have sometime quality issue, Gateway also; a lot of Gateway refurbish PC System offer at Major retailer online are a good sign that a quality problems exist with that manufacturer..
Anyway Win 7 is not an upgrade XP SP4, you could argue it is Vista donne right but certainly not XP, especialy the 64 bits edition of Win 7, actualy Win 7 and 2008 Server RC2 share the same kernel and drivers fondation, so technically your PC could become a server without major modification if meeting the requirement spec.
All I know by my own experience for the last 8 month that Win 7 have worked great for me and family also.
If I ever go Apple it will be a desktop configuration as I learn I need free access to the hardware to save money in the long run, a good PC technicien will easy double the cost of my original purchase on any kind of hardware and in my case not worth the spending when it is only one screw for a video card and side panel and they never install me the latest drives and most of the time let windows OS install a generic drivers instead, so 10 to 15 min work could represent 100 to 150 dollars without any additional benefits to me and even less performance as I will be required to uninstall the software that is most of the time not updated also and drivers.
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