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Posted: 3/26/2009 2:51:02 PM EST
Presto is now available in Beta (and has been for a short while). I was curious to know if anyone is using it. I just installed it on one of my older Dells(Latitude D600) in about 5 minutes and rebooted right into it. It was completely up in about 30 seconds.

The GUI is simple, with a sidebar for your web browser (Firefox preinstalled), an IM client (haven't configured it yet), Skype, a File Explorer, and a link to an Application launcher, which includes their Application store.

It found all of my hardware instantly (touchpad, CD/DVD, network). I was impressed that it found my wireless network immediately and asked for my key. Sound worked, and the video resolution is correct.

As I type, I notice the built-in spellchecker, which I missed when I had to leave my MacBook Pro behind. It supports the standard right-click/correct, and custom dictionary.

I've had it on for about 20 minutes browsing, and it is pretty quick and light. I haven't explored any settings, nor do I even know where they are inside the OS. I'm certainly a GUI guy, not a command-line warrior. Maybe one day when no one runs Windoze.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 7:13:00 AM EST
30 seconds?

My Vista ultimate machine boots as fast or even faster than that.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 5:18:02 PM EST
including POST? Lies.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 5:20:11 PM EST
just timed it. 26 seconds. Take off two for having to choose at the boot loader.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 5:14:03 PM EST
I dont have experience with it but it sounds like GOS.
Link Posted: 3/30/2009 8:16:09 AM EST
the gui kind of looks like it. Presto installed quickly, and found all my hardware on the first shot. GOS didn't find my network card, which is weird because it is only the most popular chipset in the early 2000's.

The app store has a TON of stuff, and lots of freeware. I d/led a media player, archiving utility, and a few other items with zero problems. If I can find a RDP and/or VNC client I may start using it instead of Windoze for my D2D administration.
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