Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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RE[2]: I want some
by google_ninja on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE: I want some"
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

I had some performance problems with a computer that runs XP quite fast, then it started locking up out of the blue - and that with official Vista drivers for all my hardware. Then some of my applications that work fine in XP were acting up in Vista. That was the final straw.


A few pointers (from someone whose vista runs smoother then xp ever did)

Do not even bother trying to run it on old hardware. Wait until you do a big machine upgrade. A big thing to keep in mind is HD speed, as vista is very I/O happy due to its caching and indexing, and a slow hard drive will bring it to its knees.

If you tried it early on, give it another shot. SP1 fixed most of the problems people had. Unfortunately, it hasn't done much for perception.

I doesn't offer anything compelling, it costs money to upgrade from XP, then it costs some more to upgrade your hardware, and then even some more to get the latest versions of the apps you use whether you need them or not, and for what? For Flip3D? Please ...


I am an OS fan, and have never really liked windows much. Vista is the first os they have ever put out that hasn't made me cringe using it. It is far from my favorite out of what is available, but it is defiantly my favorite (consumer) os MS has ever put out.

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RE[3]: I want some
by Phloptical on Thu 26th Jun 2008 01:14 in reply to "RE[2]: I want some"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

It is far from my favorite out of what is available, but it is defiantly my favorite (consumer) os MS has ever put out.


That bar of yours must have been set pretty low.

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RE[4]: I want some
by google_ninja on Thu 26th Jun 2008 01:57 in reply to "RE[3]: I want some"
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2006-02-05

why? xp was stable and responsive, but it had no polish, huge usability issues, and was one of the ugliest operating system in the last 15 years. Vista is just as stable, more responsive, many of the usability issues have been addressed, and has a very nice aesthetic.

I have yet to have a blue screen, I have yet to experience weird bugs, I have yet to not have a program I need run, I have yet to have issues copying files.

As for my standards, here is a quick rundowns of my favorite operating systems at the moment.

My favorite consumer OS out there right now is OSX, which I find sets the bar at the moment in ease of use and innovation. My favorite server OS is win2k8, think that windows server has really come into its own. I like things like WMI, powershell, and group policy, and find them easier to work with and more fully integrated then anything else out there. My favorite hobbyist OS is Sky. I am really enjoying following its progress, and am constantly amazed at how much progress one man can do. However, this may change as once upon a time Be was my favorite consumer OS (I owned a bebox), and Haiku is really getting there. My favorite UNIX is Solaris, although that could stem from the fact that most of my experience with it was on the superbly designed SPARC stations. My favorite Linux is (and has been for almost a decade now) slack, one of the few which do not compromise on quality, and favor stability and simplicity over features.

I have a great deal of experience with and knowledge about operating systems, and have enjoyed tinkering with them since I was a child. I would consider my standards fairly high. The worst thing about vista is that its performance is inconsistent depending on what you are running it on, which historically has been the (virtually only) strength of windows. Second to that is its price. Since I paid about 80$ for it, and have had no issues with it, neither of those are problems for me. I also have no problem saying that it is far from the best out there.

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