Why Windows Vista Will Suck

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-03-01 Print this article Print

Opinion: OK, maybe not dead bunnies through rusty tailpipes suck, but I, for one, don't see how Vista tomorrow equals the Linux desktop today. (DesktopLinux.com)

Oh! My aching head.

When I first saw ExtremeTechs article "Why Windows Vista Wont Suck," I thought: "Aha, sarcasm."
Nope. I was wrong.
They really were saying that Vista is pretty good. Oh, please. First, let me say, Ive been running Vista myself for quite some time. Next to me at this very moment is a Gateway 835GM. Under the hood, it has an Intel Pentium D 2.8GHz dual-core processor, an Intel 945G chip set, 1GB DDR2 (double data rate) DRAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive and built-in Intel GMA (graphics media accelerator) 950 graphics. Thats a fairly powerful machine. Which is a good thing, because its the only PC in my office of 20 PCs thats got enough oomph to run the Windows Vista February CTP (Community Technology Preview) build 5308 without driving me into fits of rage. Mind you, its not enough machine for Vista. I could run any Linux with all the bells and whistles on it without a problem. But even though this system meets Intels recommendations for a Vista-capable Intel Professional Business Platform, it still doesnt have the graphics horsepower needed to carry off Vistas much ballyhooed three-dimensional Aero Glass interface. My point is, though, that while I write a lot about Linux, and I prefer it, my real specialty is that I know operating systems of all types and sorts, including Vista. Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: Why Windows Vista Will Suck Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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