Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Sep 2006 21:50 UTC
Windows Microsoft's Windows Vista RC 1 is done. Now it's up to the estimated 6 million testers to which the company is planning to release the code to determine if it really is ready for prime time. Microsoft has posted the RC 1 build, Number 5600, on its TechBeta Web sites for select technical beta testers, including TAP partners, on September 1. Microsoft is planning to broaden the beta to include up to six million participants, total, some time next week, according to industry sources. Cnet has a video introduction to Vista RC1. Elsewhere, people are going bonkers over Vista's... Start up sound. Major Tom to ground control?
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RE[2]: Nice...
by tiiim on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 09:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice..."
tiiim
Member since:
2005-09-02

"Perhaps Vista is so underwhelming that the startup sound 'controvesy' is the only thing to discuss. Vista is pretty underwhelming."

Are you looking at RC1? According to many reviews RC1 is actually a pretty slick system that may actually help MS reach that 900-times-proposed release date! Maybe its more likely since there nothing majorly "stuck up" (at the moment) with RC1 people just have to debate a stupid start up sound rather than security, stabilitiy, incompatbility... because MS have "appeared" (so far) to have sorted that..

Edited 2006-09-02 09:20

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RE[3]: Nice...
by Kroc on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 09:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Yes, I was using RC1. It's possibly the worst OS I've ever used out of the ones I'm well versed in (Windows 3.1-XP, Risc OS, AmigaOS, GEOS, OSX)

It has severe usability issues. The UI is for shiney effect only, and has a very large number of usability regressions. It's more annoying than XP, there's more popups, ballons, buttons, dialogs, links. The Control Panel reminds me of a spam blog and I've only just started turning over all the problems with Vista that were not there in XP.

Are you looking at Vista objectively, or just based on the fact that it's coming, you can't avoid it, and we all have to live with it?

Edited 2006-09-02 09:29

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RE[4]: Nice...
by MollyC on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 10:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice..."
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

I don't think you're looking at it objectively. I think you're predisposed to hate Vista, so you hate it. I wouldn't be surprised if your one of those that is actively *rooting* for Vista to be bad (I was just at the slashdot thread regarding Vista RC1, where some there proudly proclaim that they're rooting for Vista to suck/flop/fail, pathetic as that is). I don't think one can get *objective* analysis from one that is rooting for something to be bad any more than one that is rooting for something to be good.

The various review sites I've read that all trashed Beta2 (so they're not sites that just mindlessly praise Vista) are praising RC1.

Edited 2006-09-02 10:15

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RE[3]: Nice...
by kaiwai on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 01:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you looking at RC1? According to many reviews RC1 is actually a pretty slick system that may actually help MS reach that 900-times-proposed release date! Maybe its more likely since there nothing majorly "stuck up" (at the moment) with RC1 people just have to debate a stupid start up sound rather than security, stabilitiy, incompatbility... because MS have "appeared" (so far) to have sorted that..

Agreed; and you know what is pissing these nay-sayers off, Microsoft might actually deliver on their promise! instead of improving their products, they sat around waiting for the so-called 'demise of Microsoft' just like people waited around waiting for the so-called 'demise of Apple'.

I've had a look at all the features in RC1, Jim the leader in the email has announced that there is still more work to be done - I don't want to sound fanboyish, but it seems that Microsoft actually has its act together, and it scares some people here.

For me, better product, means better user experience; if the Linux gurus want me to use their operating system, how about improving it to such a level that it has enough compelling things to make me switch - right now there is no commercial software support - I don't want to run your opensource crap, give me commercial softare like Creative Suite, MYOB, an office suite that doesn't suck royally (which OpenOffice.org currently does), major hardware support short comings, and lets not get started on the GUI experience.

Edited 2006-09-03 01:50

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RE[4]: Nice...
by twenex on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 11:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

How about not trolling?

A novelty, I know.

If you want Creative Suite, MYOB, an Office suite that doesn't suck royally, hardware support, and an improved GUI experience, instead of "sitting around waiting for the so-called 'demise of Linux'", why not ask for them/help develop them?

It's hard to see how XP is "an improved GUI experience" relative to Linux when half the time in XP you sit around waiting for it to finish what you told it to do; given the hardware requirements for Vista (and YES, I *know* 15GB is less than 10 percent of a 400GB hard drive), it's not likely to be any more responsive, either. No wonder PC World in the UK (aka "The Shop for Ignoramuses who thanks to the free market now have enough cash to join the PC Revolution") ("We don't sell RAM anymore 'cos it slows computers down") has adverts claiming that dual-core lets you do more than one thing at the same time.

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