Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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Vista is a complete PITA. From the real world i have had 5 people purchase brand new laptops with Vista installed (Sony / Dell) and they have all failed or broken down somehow, these are expensive top of the range laptops. One failed after an update and restored itself back to factory settings, another just wouldn't boot, another got stuck in an endless reboot and another lost it's sound card drivers for no reason whatsoever. It was on, working fine, then nothing, the red cross to show no drivers, tried a restart didn't fix it, and because we out in the field was unable to do anything about it.

Vista runs slowly on quite powerful hardware, the caching doesn't work, i.e. it doesn't return any memory and causes even more thrashing.

Windows XP is far more stable and faster, it gets the job done.

An earlier poster also commented on bad memory management in Mac OSX, I have multiple mac laptops which are never shut down but put to sleep, these have uptimes of usually 14+ days, when an update will require the computer to be restarted. There has never been a problem with memory allocation the machines keep their speed.

Windows XP and Vista doesn't come close with memory not being returned causing the windows laptops to be restarted more often.

The groundwork of Vista is really good, i hope however they can polish it up in Windows 7.

Microsoft will not go away overnight, the server, office and desktop products are everywhere and generally get the job done.

Steve jobs summed it up well, "Apple can succeed without Microsoft having to fail", i really don't understand the mentalility that Microsoft has to fail for Mac OSX or linux to push forward. A recent report stated that there are now 1 billion PC's out there and this is expected to double. There is room out there for all three major os's Windows / Mac / Linux(inc BSD), it's really horses for courses, just pick the one that works for you.

I believe the only change we are gonna see is the market share perhaps becoming a little more evenly divided.

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