Linked by Neeraj Singh on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 19:02 UTC
Windows If you shout something loud enough and many people are saying it, does it become true? Some groups of people (include tech journalists and Linux advocates, such as Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols) have a psychological need to find Vista lacking. Mr. V-N has predicted that Vista will have all manner of problems, so his clear interest is to point out everything that is wrong with the OS. Who cares if he has to even make some stuff up?
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Had to switch back to XP.
by kurtlinux on Wed 25th Apr 2007 03:05 UTC
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I am a big Linux fan myself but I use Windows XP/2003 95% of the time because of work (I'm a programmer and network administrator for a port management company). I've come a long way in terms of Windows (from Win3.11 WFWG) 'til Windows Vista, so I guess my views aren't that biased against Windows.

When Windows Vista came out (for enterprise users, way back November 2006), our company decided to explore the possibility of migrating about 100+ desktops to Vista by 2007 or 2008. So the company asked our unit to check out Vista (through an evaluation kit from our vendor for 6 PCs). We have been using Vista from Nov '06 till Mar '07 and guess what. We had to switch back to Windows XP.

You don't need rocket science to figure it out. Problems with drivers (initially with Nvidia but that got fixed), serial drivers (yeah, we NEED serial drivers), incompatibilities with MICROSOFT SOFTWARE (initially with ISA server client but that got fixed anyway, and with Visual Studio). We were initially patient with the problems but when we hit the incompatibilities with MICROSOFT SOFTWARE, we decided to ditch Vista. Security? You mean UAC prompts? Silly.

Vista is not yet ready for the enterprise. Thats for sure. At least in my experience and 5 other co-workers. Maybe not until next year or until they release SP1 or SP2. I love the UI though and the search capabilities but other than that, there were no features to compell me to switch from XP. Neeraj was correct when he said "Check back after a couple of months...". It's the same Microsoft of old. Release buggy software then fix with a service pack. Enterprises (and home users) don't need 7GB (yes! 7GB+ of basic install!) of buggy software masked with a beautiful eye-candy.

Bottomline: SJVN was right. Vista has problems. Don't take our word for it though. Try it for yourself. Hopefully, your experience with Vista won't be as bad as ours.

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