Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2008 22:04 UTC
Windows As someone who uses Windows Vista practically daily, I've always wondered where all the negativity in the media comes from. Sure, Vista isn't perfect (as if any operating system is), but I just don't see where all the complaints are coming from. It runs just fine on my old (6 years) machine, all my software and hardware is compatible, and it's stable as a rock. Microsoft has been wondering the same thing, and after a little test, they may have found out why people seem to dislike Vista so much.
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VISTA --two thumbs down!
by Zero_the_Hero on Fri 25th Jul 2008 00:16 UTC
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I have three major experiences to share using Vista.

1. October 2007 my father bought a low-end Gateway laptop which came pre-loaded with Vista. The reason for the purchase was to run the Pianomation unit on his player piano and stream MIDI files to the piano. Come to find out after getting the unit setup that Vista has had MIDI output support removed from the control panel audio controls. I did end up finding a small kludge of a utility that does a registry to get the MIDI output to work and run the piano. I have yet to find a more "clean" way to get around this.

2. I briefly had a copy Windows Vista Business running in a virtual machine on my Linux desktop box. Vista is pretty, but is as dog slow in a VM as it is on that low-end laptop that dear old Dad bought to run his piano.

3. Tuesday of this week I found a sweet deal on a Dell XPS M1330. It came preloaded with Vista Home Premium. I didn't even give Vista a chance to contaminate my new laptop. I booted right from a Kubuntu CD and wiped Vista right off. Kubuntu runs very nicely on the laptop and I look forward to things just getting better all the time.

Vista will have no place on any of my machines physical hardware. I may boot that VM on different hardware some day just to see if it runs any better but I'm keeping my XP VM around for tax time. After reading the EULA for Vista, even if it did everything the Marketing said it was going to do I would not run it.

If you want to run games on a PC and nothing else, get Vista. Otherwise stick with XP or a Mac or Linux!

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