I recently bought a new computer, and I'll admit that I was concerned about Vista coming pre-installed. I even downgraded to XP shortly after getting the PC. Once SP1 came out, however, I decided to give Vista another chance. I had more crashes and problems under XP than I do under Vista now. It is my OS of choice. I'm not too proud to say that I was wrong.
I think one key factor here is that you bought a new
computer. And I'm surmising (possibly erroneously?) that it is also set up as a personal machine and not wedded to an enterprise network?
Many of us who make our living supporting environments with multiple users and locations, mission critical applications, and "zero downtime" commitments feel very differently. And "pride" doesn't factor into it at all. I think that Vista may be fine for use as a consumer product. But for general deployment as a corporate desktop, I'll have to keep my reservations.
I've worked with Vista since early beta. I'm a TechNet subscriber; I've read Vista Inside Out
(not skimmed or referenced - read it
); I own and use the Resource Kit; and I travel with the Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant
in my laptop case; I'm even comfortable navigating the registry and using Process Explorer. I only mention this to show I've done my homework and don't base my opinion on blogs or magazine op ed pieces.
Now it is true that Vista has gotten "better" since SP1. Or at least it did after some critical issues with SP1 got identified and sometimes worked out. But I still maintain it is problematic.
I'm not trying to bash Microsoft. (I go back with them all the way to MS-DOS 2.1). I think they are an amazing organization - smart, tough, and astute. But quite frankly, I expect more from them considering the brains and resources they have at their disposal. I can forgive them their mistakes. We all make them. But I will not make excuses
for their products or business practices. I respect them too much to do otherwise.
Now I'd be ready to party if they guys over in Redmond were to say something like: "Hey look people, we bit off a little more than we could chew with Vista and we screwed up royally. We weren't trying to create problems for our customers. We were only trying to bring you the greatest OS the world has ever seen. But in the process the thing got a little bit away from us. Sorry we dropped the ball. But we're going to make it right for you. And we hope you'll stay with us so we can prove it."
But they didn't say that. And they won't.
Microsoft operates under a siege mentality. "This is war - it's us or them" has been central to their culture since back when they decided they wanted the whole pie for themselves and went and pulled the rug out from under IBM and OS/2. So instead of some up-front dialog, we get stonewalling, waffling, and insinuations that we "don't get it."
So sorry if I'm not buying into the Mojave argument. It's a choreographed event and press photo op. It's marketing - not tech. And if the argument for Vista SP1 runs something along the lines of "New and Improved - Now Sucks Less!!!"
then I'll just keep XP for now and wait to see Windows 7 - or whatever they end up calling it.
And if that doesn't work out, there's always Apple OS X, BSD, or Linux to fall back on.
"We will get by." - Jerry Garcia