Jason Cox wrote:
When XP was released everyone 'hated' it and gave it bad reviews until they actually stopped beleiving the FUD, you expected anything different during the Vista release?
I'm not so sure about that one Jason. When XP came out everyone I know embrased it with open arms. Finally, we had an OS that was built off of a solid kernel we all knew and loved (NT/2000) and not based on DOS like 95, 98 and ME.
The bad press coming down on Vista stems from the following things:
- Extremely intense DRM
- Lack of any of the most popular new features originally slated for this release that would have made it a good move
- The return of the Confirmations from Hell (remember DOS)
- Multiple versions with only the most expensive/ultimate version meeting feature for feature with what the Pro version of XP and 2000 gave us for all these years and crippling all the other versions so much that you have no choice but to shell out the big
bucks for "Ultimate"
- And last but not least, the mere fact that Microsoft's new Aero interface requires a "gamer" class video card while Linux and Mac OS X provide the same UI elements on lesser quality video cards is just crazy.
Vista = ME II ?
Possibly.... you have to look at it like this, we had Windows 98 and then 98 SE (i.e. the less broken version) and then all of a sudden they tossed ME at us. There wasn't really anything in ME to drive people to upgrade but a lot of us did.
Now we have Vista. Most if not all of the great new features were dropped so Microsoft could get Vista out this century so what did they give us?
- A new Desktop Theme
- DRM Everywhere
- Headaches (hardware and drivers)
- Migraines (hardware, drivers and applications)
- Did I mention headaches?
- Cool new graphics just like what we have seen on the Mac and Linux but with a new requirement:
- New Video Cards For Everyone
- Lots and Lots of RAM
- Dual Core For Everyone
- Big Brother Style Security
The point is, we now have the beginnings of a good OS but it is still "beta" at best and SP1 will not change that. Heck, you couldn't even develop on Vista day 1 and PowerShell which was originally supposed to be a great new feature in Vista wasn't even available
for Vista when it went RTM.
My point is (yeah, I have one).... Vista didn't live up to expectations, many applications are still unstable on it, drivers for popular hardware are still missing, the latest and greates video cards (even the ones Microsoft certified for Vista) don't fully
work as described. All in all this was a rushed release... several years in the making