Windows Vista (I)

Hace unos días que Microsoft me ha invitado a participar en la Beta 2 de Windows Vista en Español, a fin de ayudar a que la traducción de los mensajes, textos de ayuda, etc., sea lo más correcta posible.

Una famosa frase dice, “mantén a tus amigos cerca, y a tus enemigos más cerca aún”. Si bien es cierto que no soy un entusiasta de ninguno de los productos de Microsoft, empiezo a sentir interés en comprobar en primera persona exactamente qué novedades trae Windows Vista. Después de leer innumerables artículos, la impresión que tengo es que no hay absolutamente nada que Windows Vista implemente que no haya sido ya implementado en Linux o en Mac OS X. La mejor forma de comprobarlo es experimentarlo en primera persona.

Para ello, he tenido que deshacer mi configuración RAID-0 de mis dos discos duros y eliminar Linux, aunque sólo temporalmente, ya que no había forma alguna de convencer al instalador de Windows Vista de que intentara coexistir con el esquema de particiones que Linux utiliza. Una vez instalado Windows Vista, pienso volver a instalar SUSE Linux 10.1 con Xgl, aunque sea sólo para disfrutar de su escritorio espacial en 3D completamente acelerado mediante OpenGL.

La instalación de Windows Vista Beta 2 es un proceso extremadamente lento, y ligeramente engorroso, sobre todo en el aspecto del particionado: no ha habido forma de conseguir que Windows Vista se instalase en una partición de 32GB que tenía preparada para él, y he tenido que eliminar absolutamente todas las particiones del disco. Aunque es algo típico de Microsoft suponer que nadie nunca querrá usar otra cosa que no sea Windows o alguno de sus productos, no esperaba un comportamiento tan rígido y dictatorial, y es que versiones anteriores son mucho más tolerantes al respecto.

Una vez finalizada la instalación, el tiempo que empleado desde la pantalla de inicio hasta obtener un escritorio plenamente funcional llega casi al minuto, y es que la barra lateral, además de consumir demasiados recursos, enlentece aún más el proceso.

Una vez estable el sistema, veo que Windows Vista consume 591MB de memoria, aproximadamente el triple que lo que consume mi escritorio GNOME en Linux. La apariencia es realmente preciosa, y los efectos de transparencia quedan muy vistosos. Probaré a instalar los controladores de nVidia específicos porque no me puedo creer que la composición sea tan extremadamente lenta cuando con Xgl soy capaz de tener más de veinte ventanas abiertas, con transparencia, y con Windows Vista, cuando hay más de dos, el movimiento de las ventanas sobre el escritorio no es fluido. Por ejemplo, mover en Windows Vista una sola ventana a través del escritorio, dispara el consumo de procesador hasta el 80%, mientras que lo mismo con Xgl en Linux apenas hace que el consumo de CPU roce el 20%.

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