2008-06-06

Vista: Not ready for my desktop, yet

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I've installed Vista on another computer today. Think it's the third time I install Vista on a pc. And this time I got it installed in less than one hour. I expected it to take at least a couple of hours based on my previous experiences, so i was pleasantly surprised.

I even thought about installing Windows Vista on my laptop, but then the PC used several minutes just to install a Microsoft mouse driver from a supplied CD, which led me to the conclusion that Vista isn't quite ready for the desktop yet. At least not my desktop. I also noted that there was a program named "Installshield Update Service Update Manager", and judging by the name, that should be something like update manager on Ubuntu. However it didn't work out of the box. (It pops up some message boxes about Internet Explorer script error.) Seems like someone has tried to copy the automatic update feature from some Linux distro they've seen using vbscript. I really appreciate that this feature is coming to Windows, but it will needs some more polish.(Yup, I know that Windows has automatic upgrades, but thats only for the core operating, and optionally some other Microsoft programs.)

I guess I wont buy Vista if it's not preinstalled on my next PC. And hopefully, by then I can get that PC with preinstalled Linux instead.

Also have a look at this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/14/linux_manual/page2.html, especially the paragraph about missing features in Linux, like "Windows genuine disadvantage", "the Windows pause" etc.

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