Linked by Stephen Reilly on Mon 12th Mar 2007 17:47 UTC
Windows I have been both a Windows and Linux user for a long time (I started with Windows 3.1 and RedHat 5.1 kernel 2.0.x if I recall correctly) and have stuck with both for various reasons. I'm writing this article not as a DIY lofty vantage platform by which I can bash MS nor as a 'Why you should switched' flame bate piece, but have tried to keep an open mind and reflect the actually experience that I have had with Vista so far, regardless of OS political propaganda. Please keep in mind this is still an opinion piece and most probably to be taken with a pinch of salt.
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by devnet on Mon 12th Mar 2007 18:19 UTC
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Vista "IS that bad" for those users...No one wants to buy a dual core, 2GB RAM, 256MB Vid Card PC just to check email.

Microsoft's formula for this = retarded...if anything, they should have improved efficiency allowing things to run on existing hardware...even with the eye candy. Kinda like metisse, beryl, and compiz.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 18:22 in reply to "Amen"
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Still, my Pentium M 1.73Ghz/768MB RAM/Ati Radeon x300 128MB (dedicated) runs Vista just fine and dandy. I'm really interested in what all these people saying Vista needs 2GB of RAM are doing with their computer.

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by sandwichbutton on Mon 12th Mar 2007 18:25 in reply to "RE: Amen"
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You talk about that like its a semi-archaic! I guarentee >95% of the desktop machines deployed throughout the world are not even that fast! (The most popular OS on desktops is STILL Win98!)

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by Bink on Tue 13th Mar 2007 01:10 in reply to "RE: Amen"
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My Core 2 laptop had 1GB of RAM and, when multitasking, Vista was quite slow. I had to move to 2GB to keep myself from pulling my hair out. Previous I was running Windows 2003 on my laptop with 1GB and things were just dandy.

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by hechacker1 on Mon 12th Mar 2007 18:27 in reply to "Amen"
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He bought those items obviously to play games. Who needs 2 7600's in SLI for email? Not even vista is that resource hungry (vista is about 10% slower across the board compared to XP, with re-architectured brand new drivers none the less)

"Most importantly, all my games run flawlessly now that I have descent SLi support."

Why doesn't Aero run on older hardware? Because it takes advantage of DX9 shaders to improve the efficiency of drawing windows. Beryl (which I also use) is much better about allowing any driver with basic opengl (and appropriate aiglx/xgl support) to render the windows, but you trade efficiency for CPU driven effects (for example I can't run Blur because I don't have shaders, while Aero is always using a blur).

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RE: Amen
by CPUGuy on Mon 12th Mar 2007 18:32 in reply to "Amen"
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That's just it, it can run on existing hardware.

The Dx9 card spec for Aero Glass is to allow developers to have the freedom to do anything a Dx9 card can do and not have to limit their application to anything less. A Dx8 card can be forced to run the full Aero.

Considering how AWFUL OSX 10.0 ran Vista really isn't that bad.

Now what I would expect an OS to do is not something Microsoft ever does in the development process so...
In my eyes, it should be a major .0 release adds features and such which require more hardware, and then the .0+n release should get more and more efficient until the next .0 release.

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by raver31 on Mon 12th Mar 2007 19:09 in reply to "RE: Amen"
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Considering how AWFUL OSX 10.0 ran Vista really isn't that bad.

You cannot compare Vista with a >5 year old system. Vista is DISMAL.

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by Ford Prefect on Mon 12th Mar 2007 20:32 in reply to "RE: Amen"
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by Oliver on Mon 12th Mar 2007 20:55 in reply to "Amen"
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2GB and so on, purely nonsense. Try it first before bashing it. I do know it's lot of fun, but it's most of the time just noisy. I have to use it at work, together with applications like Statistica (same machines as before).
Btw. I'm a FreeBSD user, with a decade of Linux experience too, but I can divide between mere bash and reality. It's a bad system because of DRM, closed-source, the whole mumbo jumbo. It's maybe equal to XP, with some small advancements and therefore you don't need to update. Urban legends make me just sick of this so-called opensource community.

Uh, beware it's a Windows guy, but with knowledge :o)

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RE: Amen
by Janus on Mon 12th Mar 2007 22:26 in reply to "Amen"
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I'm writing this on an Athlon XP 2600+ running Vista. Don't recall exactly when I bought this computer, but judging by Wikipedia it should clock in at about four years by now.

Runs completely fine. Performance isn't noticably different from the time I ran XP on it. So I'd say the rumours about hardware requirements are a bit exaggerated. :-)

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