How to make Windows look like OS X, Linux, or… Windows

via Download Squad by Brad Linder on 1/1/08
Fedora transformation pack

Love it or hate it, Windows is still pretty much the dominant operating system in the world. And while your heart may be with OS X or Linux, there might be just a couple of programs that you have to run on a regular basis that keep you coming back to your Windows machine. But just because you’re running Windows Vista or XP doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re using your OS of choice.

We’ve covered transformation packs that let you change the look and feel of Windows in the past. But Makeuseof has found a few packs that we weren’t aware of. For example, you can grab a Fedora or Ubuntu transformation pack that makes your desktop look like Linux. Each transformation pack includes desktops, program icons, and tools for customizing visual styles. You can also use transformation packs to make Windows look like OS X or make XP look like Vista.

We probably don’t need to tell you that beauty is only skin deep. Under the hood, if your computer is running Windows, you still have all the usual goodies and frustrations from the Windows registry to the blue screen of death. But at least these transformation packs can make your PC a bit easier on the eyes.

Intel sez Penryn’s done, lookout for 45nm Wolfdale / Yorkfield

If you’re desperate for some positive Intel news after hearing those less-than-inspiring margin forecasts earlier today, the chipmaker is once again keeping itself on track in regard to pumping out its forthcoming 45-nanometer processors. While we were briefed on the dual-core Wolfdale and quad-core Yorkfield just a few weeks back, Intel is now claiming that its Penryn-based chips are “complete” and will play nice with Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems when they hit the shelves. Both chips are (still) slated to hit production during the second half of this year, with manufacturing to hit full stride during 2008. Penryn is supposed to “extend the Core 2 architecture” by playing host to the next set of Intel’s Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), and will also lend a hand in the future development of Montevina, and just in case you’re the (way) forward-looking type, you can expect Penryn’s successor — dubbed Nehalem — to roll out in late ’08.

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