Open Thread: What Do You Think of Vista?

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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