Vista: The industry whipping boy

Mikey 3 comments
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Vista: The industry whipping boy

Here's the thing with Vista. It has bugs - lots of bugs. Drivers are still lacking compared to their XP counter parts. Some software has compatibility issues. It is unreasonably priced, and people are saying they would rather stick with XP.

Vista is copping a bashing for these and other issues, including the head of Acer Computers who says the 'entire industry' is disappointed by it. Speak for yourslef buddy.

If you are experiencing deja vu right about now there is a good reason for it. Everything people are saying about Vista now was said about XP when it first launched. These same people eventually switched to XP, despite claiming they would never.

So yeah, Vista is not as mature as XP, and it might not even reach puberty for another year or more, but lets not kid ourselves. In a few years or less, you will be composing a message on a blog saying Microsoft's new OS (what ever that is going to be!) sucks flem, and that you will never change to it; from the comfort of a stable Vista operating system, just as you did from your Windows 98 machines when you complained about XP. Except for the Linux die-hards and Apple fan-boys - you are excused of course.

So from one unbiased Vista early adopter, let me say this. I develop web sites and design for a living, and on a daily basis use many applications such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, 3D Studio max, Vegas, Sound Forge, Office 2007, and too many others to mention here. In my spare time I play current generation games, compose music, edit video and digital photos, and everything else I used to do on XP. I have been doing this since November last year, on Vista, with minimal issue and without reservation, and I will never go back to XP.

My need for stability in an OS is high, and I have no complaints. So what are your requirements? Think about it.

[Disclaimer: Microsoft did not pay me to write this.]

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Wednesday 25th July 2007 | 07:02 PM

Prior to my">activation nightmare, I would have agree whole heartedly. Now, I'm not so sure.

Day to day, I prefer Vista over XP in many subtle ways. But having the ground ripped out from under you more than once by the OS makes me very cautious and untrusting from here on in.

Minor bugs and driver shortcomings are one thing. Complete OS shutdown due to misdiagnosed piracy, on a mass scale (thousands of users), is a different thing all together.

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Wednesday 25th July 2007 | 08:59 PM

Which audio software/hardware are you using in your composing efforts on Vista?

My main concern is support for audio hardware like RME's HDSP series and software like Cubase.

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Wednesday 25th July 2007 | 09:35 PM

Hi Mark,

I use FL Studio, N-Track and Soundforge for wav/mp3 editing. Apparently Cubase 4 has had the installer modified to work on Vista.

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