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AFnord: I'm usually going by the "wait a year for the new OS to get properly patched" rule. Post that point, it is usually far more stable and better than the old one.
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Elenarie: If it matters anything, 8 already had its 'service pack'. A few updates weighting 150+ MBs each were released shortly before the general availability of the OS.

Personally, I like this more than the traditional way of doing it (releasing big updates in service packs only).
Added to that is the fact that MS is rumoured to be moving to a more Agile release schedule (1 year-18 months between releases) and the old wait a year for the first SP may be well and truly gone
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Elenarie: If it matters anything, 8 already had its 'service pack'. A few updates weighting 150+ MBs each were released shortly before the general availability of the OS.

Personally, I like this more than the traditional way of doing it (releasing big updates in service packs only).
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wodmarach: Added to that is the fact that MS is rumoured to be moving to a more Agile release schedule (1 year-18 months between releases) and the old wait a year for the first SP may be well and truly gone
Yea, I guess so. But then again, I take it that they will change relatively little between each release, there won't be as much that can go wrong, and there is less of a risk of drivers for your hardware and such not working in the new OS.
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AFnord: Yea, I guess so. But then again, I take it that they will change relatively little between each release, there won't be as much that can go wrong, and there is less of a risk of drivers for your hardware and such not working in the new OS.
Drivers only tend to fail on update of the major kernel number (for example the move from 5.x (2k,XP) to 6.x(Vista,7 and 8)) I'd expect major renumbers will be maybe once a decade.
http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey?platform=combined

Almost 5%.
Pro Butthurt.
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AFnord: Yea, I guess so. But then again, I take it that they will change relatively little between each release, there won't be as much that can go wrong, and there is less of a risk of drivers for your hardware and such not working in the new OS.
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wodmarach: Drivers only tend to fail on update of the major kernel number (for example the move from 5.x (2k,XP) to 6.x(Vista,7 and 8)) I'd expect major renumbers will be maybe once a decade.
well, if you say that Win 8 is an overhauled version of Win 7 (6.xxx), in this case, at the Win XP Extended Support End Date ( April 2014), I can't really exclude by now to actually buy Win 8, considering the extremely low market price and the possible SP available at the time......
Post edited December 03, 2012 by meudoland
At work our local SUSE Linux nazi tried windows 8 and really liked it... this guy lives eats and breaths command line and he was all about the 8 yesterday... kinda cute in a way :)
just to explain better the meaning of this thread:
my primary intent was to let you know that to play GOG games you do not need to spend additional money to buy the last OS available.
if an OS continues to receive security updates, I consider it is fully functional to play these games.
in some way, considering most of the games here are pretty dated, it is even better to play them on older OS's that however satisfy the above condition.