Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2007 09:11 UTC, submitted by Tim Alson
Hardware, Embedded Systems Dell has taken the unusual step - for a PC vendor of its size - of toning down its sales pitch for Microsoft's Vista operating system and warning businesses of the migration challenges that lie ahead for them. The step is particularly unusual because one of the issues the hardware vendor is warning business about is the extra hardware they will need to buy.
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Well, that's not Microsoft's fault. It's the problem with the drivers because some vendors obviously didn't notice the release.

I doesn't matter if it's Microsoft's or the hardware vendors' fault. People want something that works. This isn't an attack on either but someone has to take responsibility and must be held accountable.

Although I don't have any experience with Vista apart from a quick test of Beta 2 in VMware more than a year ago I do have experience with various XP SP2 installations where various certified drivers either included in Windows or from hardware vendors are conflicting up to the point where the system is too unstable for use just after a fresh install.

The way drivers are included in the Linux kernel means that although not all drivers for everything under sun are included, many are and they are tested together constantly so conflicts between drivers are resolved much easier and faster because all drivers can be modified at once if necessary.

I am certain the NT kernel would be a lot more stable if Microsoft adopted the same policy of developing and maintaining drivers alongside the core of the kernel itself. As long as the kernel itself and all drivers are not tested together crashes may happen.

Having had a discussion on this with a relative who has been an MCSE since NT 4.0 but who has also worked with OpenVMS (VAX/Alpha), HP-UX and Solaris, he came to the same conclusion. He also runs my Slackware based operating system at home and it serves primarily as a virtualisation base to run all kinds of Windows releases on, since XP proved too unstable a few years ago.

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