Derisive diatribes about the state of the nation, nation states and swerving leftward
I only know of one experienced computer user in my strolls of the blogosphere who has mentioned switching already, and I don't know a single business that's looking foward to upgrading. They are all holding out for Service Pack 1 at the earliest.
I saw a headline in a computer mag a few days ago. It said: Vista - the most pointless upgrade of 2007.I have no intention of 'upgrading' to Vista... even if it was free.
I just got XP a few months ago and couldn't upgrade even if I wanted to - too expensive - but I wouldn't anyway. XP is the first reasonably stable, reasonably reliable OS Microsoft has ever made, and I worked with win95, 98, and that unprincipled, unruly dog, ME. I doubt, after what I've read and heard, that I'd take the chance on going back to monthly crashes, quirks, features that don't work the way they're supposed to, and a quarterly re-install of the entire OS because it ate itself.Like saskboy, every techie and systems admin person I know is holding off. One guy who was an MS beta-tester downloaded Vista the day it was introduced - what was supposed to be the "final" version - and it crashed his computer, so he won't be installing it on his home machine any time soon or recommending to his business clients that they do so.This smells like another MS pig to me.
I just ordered two for work, to run parallell as test platforms. No way would I deploy one as a stand in workstation. I'll let you know how it goes.
Please do. I keep hoping that freeware versions of everything we use will eventually catch on. I've noticed that some of the few truly non-commercial freeware programs combine stability with outstanding functionality. As I see it, the only real advantage of Microsoft products is that everyone else uses them. My frustration level rises with each new release full of new bells, whistles, and frills, and less ability to control what my computer is doing.
Our IT guy at work says it is pointless too. I'll take a wait and see approach.
I'm waiting for the next release of MacOS myself. My current laptop still has a few months left in it. I'm lusting for a new Macbook, it's the perfect size to use on a train or plane (my current 15.4" widescreen is too %@# big now that they shrunk the seats *again*!).As for work, most of our infrastructure is Linux, but the desktops and servers that aren't Linux are sticking with XP for the foreseeable future.
I've heard that Linux is very stable.
"Very stable" is an understatement. Choose a very stable distribution like Debian and you'll be hard-pressed to make a Linux system fall over. The only time I've ever had a Linux system crash is when the power failed. There's a couple of third-party applications I run that have memory leaks and will slow the system to a crawl over time (spamassassin and clam-av being two big culprits), but setting up a quicky cron script to restart them at 3am solves that problem.The problem with Linux is, as always, applications. It does spam scanning and virus scanning and web serving and etc. just fine, but there's still some applications where Windows, or, more rarely, MacOS, is needed to get the job done.
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