so, should i bother ?
i have a whole lot of desktops (4 family ones and the htpc) running win7 happily, and quite apart from the pain of being sysop for a new o.s. if i change all their ones, there's more than slight paranoia about the whole cortana / edge spying on me and opening my wifi with a certain lack of discretion i find unappealing
so i toyed with backup (macrium reflect) of win 7 and a trial install to activate an upgrade and roll back if i choose otherwise, but between reports of 10, and complete disinterest in win8's interface, i think by the time 7 dies a natural death i will much happier using linux for most everything i do, and anything needing windoze specifically might end up on a small laptop continuing to run 7 in quarantine
the advertising and flash stuff in 8 was a real disincentive, as is the "live streak" and fuck ugly interface; the imperative to re-establish where controls for stuff are situated means i may as well finally get into linux, which i already understand somewhat, and can "flavour" as win 7 for the rest of the team with only one that might actually notice the difference straight up, and another complain because they "need" m$office for school (even though open office would do fine)
i remember well how 7 attempted to kill my canoscan lide 35 scanner because there were no drivers (there were, but i had to use a hack to make it appear as a lide 60, and it worked better than previously); i fear for some obscure stuff like the logging altimeter for my discus launch glider, and i wonder about the quality of my xonar sound cards under "non-mainstream" o.s.; drivers for 10 on older cards will be problematic i reckon
thanks for your counsel before the cut-off for free 10 by late this month... is the hassle of upgrade / roll-back worth the time and effort (versus ~ $100 per licence much later if i care to do so) ?