Vista woes….

Hope everyone had a great new-year.

I spent mine stripping every last bit of Windows Vista off my desktop at home.

I played with it for a while, mostly to see what all the fuss was about.  Most of it comes down to yet another example of the dumbing down of America.

Vista has managed to so idiot-proof the software that only the idiots seem to be able to understand it.  This concerns me because Vista is in large part the user-interface of the future, that is, it’s what Microsoft is going to use it’s monopoly-power to force the world into.

So I went back to XP on my desktop and will continue to use it until they end-of-life it.  Then I’ll move to Ubuntu or another flavor of Linux, though I’m starting to hear rumors that certain patent-infringment cases may mean that free-Linux is going to be a thing of the past.

I couldn’t understand (with Vista) how a system with a dual-core 3.0Ghz processor and 4Gigs of RAM could run as slowly as it did.  I mean the difference between Vista and Xp is so noticible it’s amazing.

partly I’m suspecting that it’s all the DRM that Vista runs.  Not just music/media, but software as well.  Vista tracks your every move, suspiciously keeps track of every move you make, and boy does it discourage you from installing anything Microsoft doesn’t like and approve of.

Way too big-brother for me.



    • on January 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm
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    Much of the legal turfing that is going on is meritless, and microsoft for the longest time has refused to say what they believe linux is infringing to begin with…but most people in the know beleive that it’s fud designed to make high liability(enterprises) companies think twice before they do opensource for fear that what they do today will have to be expensively undone tomorrow. It’s microsoft at its usual games….so no worries.

  1. I’m of the same mind … I’ll keep running WinXP until EOL. I only use it for gaming and those ActiveX requirements anyway, as I made the switch to Mac OSX almost a year and half ago for my primary desktop. I still have a couple W2k3 file servers running in the house too.

  2. Yeah – I ran Linux on my Laptop for a while, but went back to Windows because there were just a few minor incompatibilities that kept me from doing my job, even with Windows in a VM.

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