After reading about Windows 7, the new Windows OS currently in development, I highly doubt I'll ever try Vista after all the problems I've heard about it.
And it's been said that Windows 7 will be what Vista SHOULD have been.
I'm currently running XP and it does exactly what I want it to do, so other than DX10, I have no reason to switch OS's.
And this is exactly what the internet does terribly. Dispite the guffaws and chuckles that people have over it, have you seen The Mojave Experiment
. You simply cannot make a decision about an operating system until you actually use it. It's the same reason why for those of my friends who are thinking about getting Macbooks instead of PC laptops, I tell them "Go to the Apple store and use
the computer for half an hour." It's the only way you'll get to figure out how an OS works.
And no, DX10 is not the only reason to move to Vista (it was never a deciding factor for me anyways). Instant search, improved multi-threading performance, improved security, integrated software, just to name a few. The one thing that's definitely won me over is how all of the built-in applications have the same look and feel. If you know how to use WMP or IE, you already know how Windows Photo Gallery works, so you just use it.
A major part of what's wrong with Vista is Microsoft's fault.
They chose to implement end-to-end video encryption. Ostensibly this is to make piracy by "recording the analog stream" impossible. IMO they did this for a business reason - put MS is a better negotiating place with the various mafIAAs "support our platform instead of Apple - we're piracy proof".
The thing is, this takes a lot of processing power - so your PCs a lot slower - and this isn't for you - even though you own the box - it's for MS's business advantage.
They've done something similar with audio. Google for "tilt bits".
A lot slower? My old laptop (P-M 1.86GHz, 2GB DDR2-533, ATI X300) was never sluggish or bogged down because of this added DRM. Read these two articles before going on about Microsoft's DRM practices - Busting the FUD about Vista's DRM
and Everything you've read about Vista's DRM is wrong
As for tilt bits... re-read the definition. It clearly states a restart of the graphics subsystem
(which was removed from the kernel level... remember?), not the whole computer. Take another second to think about why they put this in, instead of jumping to conclusions like the poster on zdnet.
Oh - I'm an ex driver developer. FWIW that developer community is really pissed off about this set of marketing decisions.
IMHO if they hadn't had a monopoly, they wouldn't have dared to make those marketing choices. There are other ways to protect "encrypted material" other than making your hardware slow and more fragile.
Slow and more fragile? Slow is definitely not true. Now that companies know how to write drivers properly under user mode (which means not kernel mode, which means fewer BSODs is the driver goes off the deep end, which is a good
thing), there's virtually no performance falloff when comparing an XP system to a Vista system. As for fragile... I'm not sure where you're going with that one. Hardware is hardware, and regardless of the operating system you run on it, it'll break because of physical wear and tear.
Finally, and just to be clear. All the developers I've met at MS have been really bright, really good at what they do. Their work is being screwed over by decisions made (probably) by marketing. It's the marketeers, and not the developers, who should be taking the heat (and maybe the firing) rather than the developers.
You're still pointing the finger at the wrong people here. Most of Vista's faults are not the fault of Microsoft. Examples:
- People complain about poor security. Microsoft implements an improved security structure (UAC). People bitch (at Microsoft) because software developers have become lazy and UAC pops up everytime they open a program.
- Microsoft changes the driver model in Vista (and dispite what you might say or think, it's a necessary change in this day and age). Hardware companies don't put in the time, effort, and money to update their drivers before Vista's release (I remember running the Vista Beta 1 in 2005, a good year and a half before Vista's RTM). Vista crashes. People blame Microsoft.
- Windows XP is released when most people in the world are still on dial-up. The internet boom happens. People start pirating. Microsoft has to implement anti-piracy measures to protect their software. People complain that they have to call Microsoft when it says that activation has failed. Who started the cycle?