Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7

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  1. skaertus macrumors 68030

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    Based on the beta versions, which one is superior in which area? How they will compare?
     
  2. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    It's prett hard to compare the two, since Apple doesn't really make available Snow Leopard builds to the public. And being that they're not finished, that also makes them difficult to compare, and in a way, pretty pointless to compare.
     
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    Snow Leopard will represent an enhancement of an already-stable and useful OS, whereas Windows 7 will be the seventh attempt at creating a fully functional, usable, and stable OS.

    Windows 7 will just be more of the same.
     
  4. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Will it? It's noticeably faster than Windows Vista and, in some tests, it has been even faster then Leopard to load...
     
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Snow Leopard will also be more of the same. (see what I did there?)


    OP, both are huge improvements over their older brother. Windows 7 so far is the OS Vista users love and XP users love and are willing to upgrade to. Snow Leopard has its list of big changes that have already been outlined here. You can't really compare them as they both can do different things depending on your needs.

    Personally, I use both. One OS can't do what the other can as well, and vis-versa.
     
  6. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Snow Leopard is more about overhauling the stuff behind-the-scenes whereas Win7 is more about improving the user experience and based on the betas it succeeds in this really well.

    The new taskbar is far better than the old one and also superior to the OSX's Dock. It packs tons of useful functionality into it. Likewise for the first time ever the Windows file browser is actually rather nice to use, as are other aspects of the OS. I've got both OSX (Leopard) and Win7 beta installed on my PC and primarily use Win7. From OSX I only miss better keyboard shortcuts and easier program install/uninstall when I'm using Win7.

    Win7 also runs faster than OSX. It boots slightly faster and overall seems a bit quicker. Not that you really notice it in real use.

    I really hope in Snow Leopard they also overhaul things like the poor mouse acceleration that makes OSX feel more sluggish than it should be, depending on what manufacturer's mouse you're using. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple throws in a bunch of small new user interface improvements too because it's hard to sell a new OS version to customers based on things that the typical user doesn't have to worry about at all.
     
  7. Goona macrumors 68020

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    Windows users will be happy with anything that improves over that wreck called Vista.
     
  8. MAG. macrumors member

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    I actually like Vista. I believe it's a great OS and it's pretty stable. Never had any crash/BSOD.
     
  9. Goona macrumors 68020

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    Have Vista, it's slow, always crashing, so I use XP on my laptop.
     
  10. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously?? Who restarts or turns off their computers anymore unless there is an update. Who cares about startup time...leave it on 24/7 or in sleep.

    Nuc
     
  11. jake.f macrumors 6502

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    Thats strange. I have vista and it crashes far less then my experiences with leopard. But i cant be right can i. Must just be what im doing because leopard never has a single issue does it.

    EDIT: Actually ive never had a problem with vista.
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Laptops.
     
  13. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    OS stability depends on two things: the hardware it's running on, and the user's actions. Some hardware doesn't like certain OS's, and will not play nice with it. But a lot more often, the programs and settings the user, well, uses, is the the culprit. Some programs are less stable then others. (Although settings also have a lot to do with the hardware's capabilities.)

    Yep. My iBook goes off every night for a number of reasons.
     
  14. MAG. macrumors member

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    The only problem with Vista is it's resource intensive. It's slow because you don't have enough RAM. And it's crashing because you don't have the right drivers.
     
  15. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I put my laptop to sleep.
     
  16. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    So do I but when its traveling, like in a backpack, I like to turn it off.
     
  17. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Did I miss the memo? What are the huge advances in Snow Leopard? All we've heard from Apple is what's available on the page below, and that's not much.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

    The jury is still out on Snow Leopard.
     
  18. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Any fair video reviews or links that you guys can share here? I have no clue about Windows 7. Will it run on the current Intel Macs?
     
  19. MAG. macrumors member

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    It should run not only on current Macs but even older PCs with Pentium 4 CPUs. I have it installed on my old desktop and MSI Wind netbook. It's much smoother than XP.
     
  20. skaertus thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, Windows 7 will run on Intel Macs. I run Windows 7 on VMWare Fusion and it performs better than Vista (although it is much slower than XP). I liked the interface overhaul. One thing I miss, however, is Spaces+Exposé, which is something that makes MacOS interface so good.

    Windows 7 is much faster to load than Vista. And Microsoft has reportedly made it much faster to load than the beta version. But Snow Leopard will also be faster than Leopard. Will Snow Leopard beat Windows 7 in boot times?
     
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    I have 7 installed on my Mini, it runs quite well(Mini is a CD 1.66Ghz with 1.25GB RAM, nothing great)...still I prefer OS X, but 7 looks a decent upgrade
     
  22. MAG. macrumors member

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    Well, if one of them beats the other by booting I doubt it going to be by far much. Remember the booting process doesn't make any of them a better OS. Yes, it's nice to have an OS that boots in 10 seconds, but lets not forget its security, stability and features. Also, lets not forget what the operating system needs to start up (services), what drivers it's using, and what hardware it's running on. I know you can run both on a Mac, but Macs don't necessary have the best hardware to work on Windows because Apple doesn't always provide you with the best drivers as it does for its own OS (that is if you want to test them on the same machine).
     
  23. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Windows 7 will be less buggy on release. Apple doesn't
    beta test as thorougly as Microsoft.
     
  24. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    it's kinda hard to compare a complete OS overhaul + redesign (ala Windows 7)

    to more of a OS upgrade like Snow Leopard will be.

    M$ need's to beta test because it's hard to KNOW what's going to happen if they add all these 'new' features in.


    i personally don't think there is any comparison to Leopard right now - especially from something as feeble as Vista, or 7. So i personally can't imagine how much Snow Leopard will slaughter!
     
  25. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

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    It's simple.

    Windows 7 is no more than Vista, with a little different design, some removed programs, and which basically went back to Xp's speed, and improved it a bit. So it's just a little faster than Xp, (And I don't care about what tests say, I'm talking about my experience).

    So, Snow Leopard will make Leopard even faster than it is. Which means, it'll certainly be faster than Windows 7.

    That's all about speed.

    And about all the other things, well, it's just like the previous versions:

    Speed/Performance: Snow Leopard.
    Security: Snow Leopard.
    Stability: Snow Leopard.
    Design: ?, we still don't know how the Snow Leopard design will be. Windows 7's design is basically identical to Vista, so I'd give this to Snow Leopard.
    Best 64-bit system: Snow Leopard.

    So for what is Windows better? For...em...nothing, except if you're looking for the cheapest computer you'll use only and only for games, nothing too serious.

    Oh, and you can customize Windows, there are thousands of horrible, disgusting themes you can find online!

    Have fun.

    And because it's unstable. And slow. And easily infectable.

    BS, it naturally gets slower the more you use it, the more you install program. Just like any other Windows version.

    BS again. It's because of the instability. The registry. Partial uninstallations. Malware. It's not just about drivers.
     
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