TDIdriver wrote:From your comments regarding Windows 8, I'd say go with it. You obviously prefer some things about it over Windows 7, so why not just use it.
As for the question about a "service system", I have a secondary hard disk that boots Linux. That's what I use for those things. If you want it to be Windows, however, I'd still recommend using a separate drive.
clone wrote:a few things come to mind including the primary in that you never gave Win7 much of a chance given you forced a 6 year old system to run it and now propose building a brand new 6 core system tailored for Windows8 which was not the case with your Win7 machine which started life tailored for WIndows XP & then either used Win Vista or went directly to Win7.... either way not optimal.
apples to apples comparisons are so much more valid but in this case you've posed the question with caveats: "I'm going to write apps for 8 and I don't mind Metro and I don't look forward to going back to Win7"...... with these comments why ask or even imply you may go with Win7?
Madman wrote:If you want to develop WinRT apps, go Linux. You will have a POSIX friendly apps that can be easily ported to Mac or Windows (therefore PC/iPad/iPhone/Android and WinRT). It's the opposite direcion that's always problematic...
Concerning tools, Win 8 tools might be great, but I would be really surprised to see that they have a stand against (Sysinternals)...
As for Win 8, this is really a decision for you to make. There are some good things there, some cheating there, and, IMHO, a ruined desktop experience. If your workflow works smoothly with Win8, you might give it a try. But I couldn't stand Win8 for more than few weeks, although really I tried. It was awfull enough that I migrated to Linux Mint as main OS and left Win7 as a backup.
I would go Linux Mint primary with Win8 VHD inside for WinRT GUI (HTML5, IE debugging) work. And Win7 as a secondary OS for those few Windows only apps. With more reliable drivers and GUI that's more friendly to productivity work.
Remember Win7 is enterprise grade OS that will be supported for a long time. Win8 is only full blown OS on x86/amd64, as WinRT is essentialy empty OS with Office, and Win8 has a great chance to turn into Windows Vista times 10, or Windows Phone. So even though you should not let the WinModern development slide by, there is a great chance that the thing will be left in the dust after next, accelerated, Windows release. We have already seen that with Silverlight, classic ASP and Vista.
clone wrote:indeed it does and thx, a general rule would be for me to tell you to wait a year or run both systems and decide in our own time..... platitude at best but given Win8 is only just getting released it's the best I'll commit (to).I hope that clears things up a bit.
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