Vista is Here… and Here’s why I say no.

Anyone who has read this blog knows I dispise using MS software. It’s buggy, it’s insecure, and it’s horribly devoted to locking me out of my computers inner workings. Vista has come to replace XP, and the issues that sent me away from XP swearing are back in full force and worse in some cases with Vista.

To start, if you are concidering Vista and haven’t read this article by Peter Guttman on the DRM built into Vista. Basically what this means is if you don’t spend a shit load of money to get all the DRM approved hardware into your system you will have reduced and degraded quality, BY DESIGN, of all premium blu-ray and HD-DVD content on this system. MS decided that the desires of the Content industry trumped the peoples rights to fair use. More issues will provide lock in to windows of consumers, and lock OUT of competitors.

All legal and above board due to DMCA I suppose. It’s still illegal for me to watch a DVD, key word in this is WATCH, in Linux due to DMCA. Needless to say I find this abhorent.

Lets not forget the hardware requirements to pull off Aero. For the cost to get a vista ready system where you can use aero you get… Multi-Color selections and transparency of said colors. You can’t change ANYTHING ELSE. Sorry, but when you’ve used Beryl or Compiz and have gotten as good or better effects on substantially lower end hardware you become harder to impress. My E1505 with it’s intel 945GM card would be prohibited from running Aero.

Well… if I need that much hardware just to pull off transparency then explain to me why the same can do shit like this:

Beryl + 3D cube

I suppose I may be a little hard to please. Perhaps I’m jumping the gun here. But when I have an os that tries it’s hardest to take my rights to my data stores away from me like Vista does I get pissed.

My professional recommendation is that reguardless of who you buy your next system from, refuse to accept windows at all. And if they won’t sell it to you demand a Windows refund and install a linux os like Ubuntu or Fedora Core. You’ll be getting better reliabilty and graphical ability then you will with Vista. You won’t have to deal with the DRM lock-out. The only reason I could say anything other then this is if you are a hardcore gamer and can’t live without your worthless World of Warcraft or what not… even though WoW is completely supported in Cedega.

Back to Gnome

Decided to go back to Gnome now that I’ve tried KDE a bit. KDE has some good things to it but I just couldn’t get things the way that was comfortable to me completely. I decided to switch back to Gnome, always seem to go back to what I like. You can all try different things and find what works best for you. Best part of Linux is the choices you get to make. Easy enough to get things the way you want it and how you want it.

If anything this experiment made me appriciate that I’m not locked into one way of doing things. I’ve used a lot of different Desktop Enviroments and Window Managers. I enjoy all of them, so you who embark on the trials that are Linux fret not. You CAN find a way of interacting with the desktop in a way that most suits you.