Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Jun 2006 19:51 UTC, submitted by Tyr.
Windows Computerworld's Scot Finnie details 20 things you won't like in Windows Vista, with a visual tour to prove it. He says that MS has favored security over end-user productivity, making the user feel like a rat caught in a maze with all the protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature. "Business and home users will be nonplussed by the blizzard of protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature, for example." Update: Apparantly, Vista Beta 2 sucks up battery juice much faster than XP does.
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No matter how awesome Vista is, it still will be put down to death by ignorant users from the OS X or Linux crowds.

There is truth in this statement. But the users that do the putting down are likely not ignorant, but burned. I absolutely loved MS-DOS when others were defending CP/M, and became quite a Windows fan when Win95 came out. I even hated the Mac in those days.

But like me, the detractors you reference probably got burned by many Windows issues. You buy an upgrade to Windows at full price only to realize your PC now runs too slow or your hard disk is now full, so you buy a new PC which includes payment for yet another copy of the new version of Windows. Plus you then have to shell out for a new copy of Word. Or you lose all the data on your hard drive to a virus and realize that for all practical purposes only Windows has viruses.

The automatic criticism of Windows Vista probably results in, as you say, a very unfair comparision, but it's probably due to expectations based on bad experiences.

Referring to GNU/Linux as a patch up lack of standards is crazy. There are two kinds of "standards" in the computer world: those sactioned by standards bodies like the IETF, ISO and IEEE, and de facto standards implemented by big companies like Microsoft. I find that the Linux world is constantly striving toward better implementation of both kinds of standards.

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