In response to the Slashdotted article here, I give you: Ten Reasons Not to Buy Windows Vista.
Long-overdue User Account Protection, blah, blah, blah. Every single UNIX varient on the planet has had this for over twenty years. Starting to catch up, ay Microsoft? What are the odds that this will happen without more new holes?
2. Internet Explorer 7
Firefox is avalable now. With better tab handling. And better rendering.
“But IE7 has “protected mode”–a limited-rights mode that prevents third-party code from reaching your system.”
So? It’s all just a fancy name for turning off ActiveX. And you can turn ActiveX back on…
3. Righteous eye candy
Allow me to call OS X, e17, X.org, etc. Plus, you can make the Unix interface look like anything. Even something that lets you get work done.
5. Better updates
Y’ know something? Windows is the only operating system that updates using a web browser. It’s stupid, it’s always been stupid. Need I mention that OS X and Linux don’t do it?
6. More media
Wow! Microsoft can copy Apple by making clones of the iLife stuff. Not even good clones.
Use this handy chart to figure it out:
Windows Media Player – iTunes
The Windows Photo Gallery – iPhoto
Movie Maker – iDVD
Did I mention that everything will be DRMed?
“There are even some nice new games tucked into the bundle.”I’ve seen some of those new games. Solitaire, even when rendered in 3d, is still boring.
7. Parental controls
Third party software has been able to do this for eons. The sad thing is that, knowing Microsoft, the third party software will still be the way to go.
8. Better backups
Already have good backup software on Windows, already have good backup stuff on UNIX. Heck, you can back up all your stuff using cron, if it came down to it.
9. Peer-to-peer collaboration
This is called a “wiki”. Yeah, we all know how great it is. Having in embeded into the OS, though, you just *know* it’ll be a great way to spread viruses.
10. Quick setup
In the words of someone on Slashdot; “Why am I running setup more than once anyways?”
And, finally, here is reason 11 – Digital Rights Management [slashdot.org]
Do you care if your computer is spying on what you do and reporting it? Do you care that Windows Vista supports this crap? It’s amazing that people are even considering using this stuff.
So, what should you do instead of getting Vista? Install Ubuntu. If you don’t want to use Linux, get something from Apple.
But seriously, for your own good, don’t use Vista!