Linked by Adam S on Tue 16th Aug 2005 15:54 UTC
Windows O'Reilly's DevCenter is featuring an in-depth look at Windows Vista Beta 1. Their conclusion? "Surprisingly, this build of Windows Vista is pretty stable, and the performance is quite good."
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vista reviews vs. linux distro reviews
by butters on Tue 16th Aug 2005 23:15 UTC
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$ diff vista.txt linux.txt

Installation was straightforward...
< Note that if you don't have you drive formatted the right way it will fail
> ...once you choose how to format your drive and what packages you want

...feature might confuse beginners but power users will like it

Some features didn't work...
< probably because I didn't have the right hardware
> probably because Linux is not ready for the desktop

The most important feature for users is definitely
< the ability to search for where you put your documents
> the complete stack of desktop applications included out of the box

And to make this more flexible, the OS also has
< a utility to symbolically link to your documents
> a utility that can install thousands of additional applications without searching the web

which might confuse new users since this is an alien concept in the Windows world.
The included web browser supports tabs and will not be discussed in depth because
< it is ugly, insecure, and anyone who knows what they are doing will use an alternative
> you and most of your friends and family already use it

I'm not reviewing any additional software for the OS, because
< there isn't any that supports the new proprietary SDK
> there's just too much, and I only spent, like, 30 minutes playing around with it before posting to my blog

In summary, this OS was surprisingly stable and performed reasonably well
< on my brand new desktop
> on my spare 400MHz Pentium II I keep in the basement

While it is not entirely feature-complete, this release is promising for the feature. For now,
< I can hardly wait for Windows Vista!!
> I can only wait for Linux to solve its few nagging shortcomings and be ready for the desktop...

$ rm vista.txt linux.txt
$ echo "There is no such thing as a good OS review" >> list_of_truths.txt

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