Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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by Lu-Tze on Thu 27th Sep 2007 16:19 UTC
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This article is pathetic. It says nothing new and manages to ramble for a long time while continuing to say nothing.
1. Price: We all agree the price is high. MS is a near monopoly and that is a serious problem. But this is hardly a reason to abandon Vista.
2.Extras: The article says for $160 extra for Ultimate gives you "complete backup and restore option, BitLocker Drive encryption, the ever so popular Windows Fax & Scan, and the "Ultimate Extras". And then cribs about the delays with Extras. Now is I had bought Ultimate, it would definitely have been for Backup & Restore and BitLocker and not for the Extras.
3. DRM: We can keep arguing whether DRM is right or not. I think it is wrong and that might be largely influenced by the fact that I don't create movies and music. But it is a little silly to say that MS is wrong in preventing you from doing something essentially illegal. If it is not allowed in Vista it is probably because it is allowed by the stupid licencing systemwe all seemed to have agreed upon. All we can hope for is that a lot of people will be affected by this and will hassle media companies to stop using DRM.
4. Sales: It is crazy to compare Vista sales with XP sales. XP sold so well because its predecessors really stunk in comparison. But after SP2 XP is pretty decent and stable so people have very little reason to buy a new OS. They will probably wait for their next computer.
5. UAC: I definitely agree that UAC pops up a lot more times than necessary but from what I understand it has advantages over the sudo option in my Ubuntu machines or the equivalent in OS X but I don't know enough to make a cogent argument. But it does not come up when you "open a third-party app from a well-known software company". It just does not. Unless the version you are running is not compatible with Vista. And even then Vista does give you the option of running the program in "XP compatibility mode" or "as administrator" - which has worked for all my incompatibility problems. Now for me, UAC is a pain since I do nightly updates on Thunderbird and Firefox so I hit upon it a couple of times a day but more most regular users, they will probably never see after they are done setting up their machine unless some malware tries to do a silent install or something like that.

I think the major problems I have seen on the web and in my own experience with Vista are the lack of compatible drivers and minor compatibility issues when running older software (as I mentioned above). I did not face the former since I bought a laptop with Vista preinstalled and the latter seems to be largely disappearing with patches and updates at least with software that is still actively supported. I think the price is high but most of us get ours with the machine and don't pay retail.

Edited 2007-09-27 16:21

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