[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
landman at scalableinformatics.com
Mon Jul 16 18:56:36 EDT 2007
Robert G. Brown wrote:
> Wrongo. Win2K was never REALLY pushed as a consumer product. But now
W2k wasn't terrible.
> try getting a new system over the counter with anything but Vista on it.
> Sure, if you special order or buy online you can get XP -- probably at
Dude, I bought a Dell. No kidding. Should be getting it next week.
Gonna load it up with ram. Has XP, will be putting Ubuntu 7.04 on it.
> full retail. But seriously, the market is being saturated with Vista
Yeah... try to buy an HP or IBM/Lenovo or anything else at Costco,
BestBuy,... with anything other than Vista.
Cygwin didn't work with Vista. Grrrrrr... (note that Cygwin is one of
the methods I see pushed by Microsoft to "port" codes to Windows).
> Vista is seriously more broken than W2K (which really wasn't bad -- just
> expensive and not that much better than NT). The interesting thing is
It was a little smoother than NT (W2k was). Vista has almost completely
underwhelmed me. XP x64 I found exciting.
> that it is such a RADICAL departure from XP -- and so easy to mock. I
> mean, it really, really sucks. Even by MS, W3.2, W95 standards.
> It would be very interesting to see how many consumers chose Vista over
> XP given a free choice. But Microsoft isn't about freedom, it is about
Lets ask Dell/IBM/Lenovo. Turns out all had to start offering XP again,
due to customer demand.
> control, and a high level corporate decision has been made to push a
> seriously broken system onto the MAINSTREAM user. This could have some
> fairly serious long term repercussions. As did Slow-aris for Sun.
> Consumers will forgive a lot, but not poor interactive performance.
> That's why Linus has made excellent interactive performance a design
> mandate from the very earliest days of the kernel (and why linux plus X
> on 486's was peppier -- much peppier -- than Vista on multi GHz multi
Ubuntu with Beryl on a powerful enough laptop (e.g. one with a graphics
card that is reasonable at OpenGL) is something to behold.
Joseph Landman, Ph.D
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