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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And I thought this was a Tech Site?
by blitze on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:34 UTC
blitze
Member since:
2006-09-15

Given the amount of "I.T. Savy" people on here, I would have thought a few of you would know how to set up a Windows based OS. Obviously not.

Vista works - is fairly simple and very stable.
Vista doesn't leak memory like OS-X does forcing the user to have to power down and switch on. It runs legacy apps well, has a fairly pleasing user interface unlike Windows XP and it runs a lot of software that people use for their businesses unlike Linux.

Very happy to see Linux inroads but the Vista bashing and ignorance here is astounding for a bunch of tech heads.

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

It's not really a tech-site. It's a place where 3 different groups co-exist in disharmony.

Group 1. People with no social life (Linux/BSD/Plan9)

Group2. People living in denial/ignorance (Windows)

Group3. Fashion victims / Holier-than-thou types (Mac)

Keep this in mind when you read the comments, and you'll see us in a new light.

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raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

hehehehe impressive...

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

Vista is a complete PITA. From the real world i have had 5 people purchase brand new laptops with Vista installed (Sony / Dell) and they have all failed or broken down somehow, these are expensive top of the range laptops. One failed after an update and restored itself back to factory settings, another just wouldn't boot, another got stuck in an endless reboot and another lost it's sound card drivers for no reason whatsoever. It was on, working fine, then nothing, the red cross to show no drivers, tried a restart didn't fix it, and because we out in the field was unable to do anything about it.

Vista runs slowly on quite powerful hardware, the caching doesn't work, i.e. it doesn't return any memory and causes even more thrashing.

Windows XP is far more stable and faster, it gets the job done.

An earlier poster also commented on bad memory management in Mac OSX, I have multiple mac laptops which are never shut down but put to sleep, these have uptimes of usually 14+ days, when an update will require the computer to be restarted. There has never been a problem with memory allocation the machines keep their speed.

Windows XP and Vista doesn't come close with memory not being returned causing the windows laptops to be restarted more often.

The groundwork of Vista is really good, i hope however they can polish it up in Windows 7.

Microsoft will not go away overnight, the server, office and desktop products are everywhere and generally get the job done.

Steve jobs summed it up well, "Apple can succeed without Microsoft having to fail", i really don't understand the mentalility that Microsoft has to fail for Mac OSX or linux to push forward. A recent report stated that there are now 1 billion PC's out there and this is expected to double. There is room out there for all three major os's Windows / Mac / Linux(inc BSD), it's really horses for courses, just pick the one that works for you.

I believe the only change we are gonna see is the market share perhaps becoming a little more evenly divided.

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blitze Member since:
2006-09-15

What is leading to poor performance on those laptops would not be Vista itself per say but all the crapware that OEM laptop makers throw in on top of the OS install. This is the biggest problem Vista has at the moment and that OEM's do not install SP1 slipstreamed with thier products.

Clean up Vista so it's just back to basic with drivers only installed, install SP1 and you have a bloody reliable OS. Something I suppose Apple and Linux crowd doesn't have to contend with, OEM crapware but it really can pull a powerful system down and all this crapware is configured to start with the computer. Also don't put security suits on a Vista installation, all that is required is a good AV and even that isn't needed if Vista is properly configured. I support Avast AVG as it has a small footprint and is discreet.

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