Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC, submitted by Uncle Fester
Hardware, Embedded Systems The head of PC maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has hit out at Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, saying that the 'entire industry' was disappointed by it. Few buyers have purchased new PCs specifically for Vista, Acer's chief says "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales, he said. "And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Mr Lanci said. "I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."
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It's all about the money...
by tech10171968 on Tue 24th Jul 2007 20:14 UTC
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Unlike a hobbyist or a typical OSNews reader, the largest segment of the market (otherwise known as Joe Sixpack) is looking at the fact that he just plunked down $1200 for his XP machine 2 or 3 years ago. From my experience with this type of user MSFT, et al. is going to have to have a really convincing reason to get Joe Sixpack to spend that much money again in such a relatively short time period. Yes I realize that 2-3 years is a lifetime in terms of Moore's Law, but the way "Joe" sees it, if he spends that kind of cash on anything then it had damned well better last him for more than 2 or 3 years. In a way I can't say that I blame him, either. Vista's probably not scoring so well because "Joe" can already do what he needs to do with his present OS and computer.

Maybe that's why I started using Linux; I usually can't afford the newest machines out there, so I'm always stuck with kit-bashed units and "hand-me-down" machines. I simply want to be able to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my machine without feeling the need to buy more powerful hardware every other year.

Edited 2007-07-24 20:22

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