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PC World calls Vista the #1 biggest tech disappointment of the year. Engadget’s Ryan Block says “it ain’t all THAT bad.” What’s your take?

PC World calls Vista the #1 biggest tech disappointment of the year. Engadget’s Ryan Block says “it ain’t all THAT bad.”

Here’s my problem with Vista, aside from worries over whether it’s any good: you gotta have a machine with 2GB of RAM to get comfortable with it. That takes you out of the budget laptop realm, a realm I was trying to stay in this Christmas as I shopped for a laptop for my son.

Of course, you don’t have to use Vista. You can still buy machines with XP installed. You can get a Mac. And more and more people are choosing Linux.

My solution was to buy an Asus Eee for my son. For $400, he can do all the web surfing, email, and word processing he needs to.

What about you? Are you running Vista? If so, how do you like it? If not, do you plan to use it eventually or stick with the alternatives?

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  1. I’ve been using Vista since the end of 2006, and I love it. Surprisingly, I am running it on a Mac Pro (with Boot Camp), just like the Mac ad says. It has been fast, and I love lots of the little Vista details. I use XP a lot in virtual machines, so I see the comparison daily, and I really prefer Vista.

    That being said, I made the switch to Vista at the same time that I got my Mac Pro hardware, so I really have no ability to compare how fast things would have been with XP. But Vista works great with my hardware.

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  2. Very pretty, but otherwise pointless cross-grade with limited driver support.

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  3. @Avonelle: how much RAM do you have? Just curious.

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  4. My main work computer is a MacBook with OS X. I did buy my wife a Toshiba w/ 2GB RAM and Vista Home Premium.

    It seems to lock up on her rather frequently, and other than some glossy eye candy seems to be a slower, heavier, and less stable than XP. Oh and the programs menu is a visual mess in my opinion.

    I really haven’t spent a lot of time with it, but overall not impressed.

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  5. I have just 1 solitary gig of RAM in my laptop, along with a dual core 1.6 GHz processor and Vista (business edition for those interested) runs fine. I do a lot of development on it, so have Visual Studio and SQL Manager open a lot along with SQL Server and IIS running in the background and it works just fine. No lag. No crashing (except for those infinite loops when I’m not concentrating on my coding). No problems.

    And I only paid £700 ($1400) for it about a year ago.

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  6. Dell offers desktops with linux, I’ve already ordered a version of linux for myself. I’m planning on setting up my own server and the server version of Ubuntu seems perfect for what I’m doing.

    Dell Inspiron 1420N:
    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&kc=6V440&l=en&oc=DNCWJL1&s=dhs

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  7. I am running Vista on a Dell XPS M170 laptop with 2GB RAM. I have used it since the day it RTMd. I love it. The look is great, the machine is more responsive than it was when it had XP. I really like the new funtionality in the start menu and the built in search. No programs that I have installed have been problematic.
    I have had no problems with any drivers and have not had a single lockup or BSOD. This laptop is my main development laptop and also runs SQL server, visual studio (2005 & 2008), SQL Server 2005 and Office 2007. I would never go back to XP.
    I find it difficult to understand why Vista has received such bad press. I know that it requires more hardware resource than XP – however, should we really be worrying about hardware when the prices of 1GB memory are as low as £10. I think it is unreasonable to expect a slic GUI and expect it to have a recommended requiremetn similar to DOS/Win 3.1

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  8. I use a Mac and run Vista natively with 2GB ram. When I start up I get at least seven alerts and confirmations from virus and malware software asking me to update it. Then when I get round to starting each and every program, I get more, each asking me if I want to allow it. Then when I’m working and a message or alert of some kind comes in, focus is taken away from what I’m doing causing me to type in the wrong place or not all. it’s unfuriating, though I did get that on XP too.

    I spent a lot of money on my first Mac and have been so glad I did ever since. They are so much easier to use and much more reliable.

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  9. I was just thinking about the “biggest disappointment” label.

    I don’t think it is the “biggest disappointment” because it is so bad, but just that after so long – it’s not especially good.

    If Vista had come out 2 years earlier it wouldn’t have been as big of a disappointment. But after waiting SO LONG, it doesn’t seem like there is all that much to show for it. Thus the disappointment.

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  10. Similar to Piers, I have 1 gig in my HP laptop with a dual core 1.7 GHz processor and Vista Home Premium. I find the Synaptics pointing device a lot more irritating than Vista, which has caused me no problems other than the inevitable idiot notifications about applications needing permission to run.

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