Saturday, August 16, 2008

Reconsidering Vista

I've never tried to hide the fact that I am not a fan of Windows Vista, and I've often posted issues that I've run into when running the OS on my test PC's.

A recent issue of ComputerWorld ran an opinion column titled "Reconsidering Vista" and although the author's intention was surely to encourage migration to the new OS, I've pulled a few quotes from the column that pretty much sum up my opinions on the subject. If you Google the original article, you'll find that these were definitely not pulled out of context...

  • OK, its not perfect
  • perfectly serviceable for many users
  • has its share of glitches and issues
  • requires state-of-the-art hardware
  • reasonably stable
  • probably more secure
  • the incessant barking of security warnings is annoying
  • Vista has fallen short of very public expectations

Not exactly what you'd call a glowing endorsement. In addition. the article fails to mention the fact that most of your peripherals and much of your software, both Microsoft and third-party programs, need to be updated to be compatible with Vista.

The author also derides users who stick with XP, "an operating system designed in the late 90's to run on millennium-era hardware." But the fact is that the PC architecture itself was designed when the IBM Personal Computer was introduced in 1981.