a friend of mine just checked out Win7 and he was quite thrilled by it, it runs very fast he said. I am always a bit suspiscious when it comes to blood suckers like MS.
Dont know if some of you know an OS called BeOS almost 10 years ago. It was a very nice and fast OS, unfortunately it didnt make it to become popular and died. There are still other forms of sprouts (the lates developments incl. Zeta OS, SkyOS and PhOS)
of the same breed existing, a pity the choice for applications is still very limited. To me it is a much better OS then Linux, only it couldnt compete agains the countless opensource developer legion of Linux.
Another hopeful before Win95 was IBM OS/2, more stable and better performance then Win95, never understood why MS won the battle, maybe Win95 was easier to use?
btw, Windows has been more or less only a offset GUI on DOS until WinNT and Win2000! That is why the DOS mode has disappeart since WinXP. And MAC still today is more or less a different form of UNIX. MAC and Linux/Unix/BSD applications are so to speed actually
all compatible (but you still need to do more than just copy and run).