May 3, 2009
Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 9.10
It looks like Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) will be released roughly about the same time.
Ubuntu 9.10 is currently planed for October the 29 and Acer has recently confirmed that Windows 7 will be available pre-loaded on their new all-in-one Z5600 PC from the 23 October 2009, not by the end of January 2010 as Microsoft has been previously suggesting.
Although some rumors have put the OS' release closer to the end of 2009, Microsoft has yet to officially confirm that the software will be launched sooner than the 3-years-after-Vista timescale.
Acer also confirmed to us that any Vista-based models purchased in the 30 days prior to this date will be eligible for Microsoft's free upgrade programme.
"23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available. There is a 30 day upgrade time so that customers don't wait to buy a new computer, so if you buy during that 30 day period, you'll get a free upgrade to Windows 7", Bobby Watkins, Acer's UK MD told Pocket-lint.
Talking about their new all-in-one model, the Z5600 PC, specifically designed for Windows 7, the company revealed that the Asus Eee Top rival, will actually be shipping at the end of September to be in stores for people to "touch and feel".
So, will Ubuntu 9.10 be able to compete with Microsofts new flagship? I'm sure it will!
Paul Thurrotts WinSuperSite has some great articles, review and screenshot galleries from Windows 7: http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/