Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Why you shouldn't buy Vista

It dawned on me this morning that given I have a slight skew in the direction of tech stories I should pontificate on why people shouldn't rush out and buy Microsoft's latest offering Vista. Here's a short list of reasons not to rush out and buy it.
  • During the past seven years, Microsoft have actually written two Operating Systems. Longhorn and Vista. Longhorn was just XP 2005 really. Vista was started from the ground up for "security reasons". It has been shown in the past few months that it is not secure and has serious holes.
  • The Digital Rights Management inherent within Vista will stifle innovation and is designed to make hardware inoperable with any other OS. Thus Vista is, inherently, an anti-competitive, anti-free market OS.
  • It's twice the price in the UK as it is in the US.
  • It requires ever more processing power and memory for limited feature enhancements.
  • The new "features" have been available in Linux and OSX for years. Unix/X Windows based development is light years ahead.
There is though, one other, possibly most important reason not to rush out and buy it. As a golden rule with any Microsoft Operating System release you should NEVER buy it until Service Pack 1 has been released and is being bundled by default with a full copy. The current version on the shelves with being horrendously buggy. If you must buy it, just wait six months and get the "stable" release.


Buenaventura Durruti said...

one other reason to wait. Vista has heavier memory requirements and there's like to be a surge in demand for memory and accompanying hike in prices. Wait till it settles.

AntiCitizenOne said...

The most important reason is that most games don't run on it.

The next most important reason is that Direct-X 10 compatible graphics cards are very expensive.

Anonymous said...

I wouldnt use it for a least 2 years let the idiots cueing up early in the morning to buy it find the bugs for me , I will stick to Linux and XP