[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant
geoff at galitz.org
Tue Jul 17 16:07:08 EDT 2007
> This is where Vista is a major screw up. Nobody cares about DRM
> compliance but the DRM police. Nobody cares about multimedia systems,
> and since functioning multimedia now fits in $500 telephones people are
> understandably cynical about needing multicore multi GB systems to make
> it work. What people DO care about, very much, is having a system that
> happens NOW, click to keyboard, at their actual UI. Microsoft is in
> deep trouble...
I do have to interject on the "nobody cares about multimedia systems"
front. I, for one, certainly do. In fact I just spent this year's personal
system budget (as provided by my current employer) on a multmedia
system. We do virtual environments and our stuff is too heavy weight
to run on smaller or embedded devices. I went with a desktop system
as it gives me the ability to perform detailed testing and also the
in hardware and software to experiment with under-the-hood designs.
Our users also mostly use multimedia systems or gaming oriented systems.
The system I just picked up (a Fujistu Siemens Scaleo P system) came
with Vista. It works fairly well for the most part, but when I started
peripherals it exposed some of Vista's shortcomings. The lack of device
drivers being the main issue. Oddly, I considered the system to be quite
slow, but now it seems it very responsive. I assume there are still a lot
mysterious under the hood processes going on... and the lack of
transparency is my biggest concern. And that damn virtualization EULA
clause. And... well... I have some issues, but it works well enough.
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