With the marketing giant, Microsoft, you cannot deny that Vista is the best operation system, ever. Right? Hmmm...
I beg to differ... I am not trying to beat a dead horse, but Vista has been long anticipated and there have been great expectations. However, Vista is nothing different than watching the funniest movie trailer ever, only to go see the movie and realize that you have already seen all the best parts.
Let me just clear something up though. I certainly do make my living on Microsoft products. I program using their software suite, operating system and so on. If not for Microsoft, I am not sure what I would be doing right now. However, I cannot at any time agree with their assertion that they are innovators, or with their decision to release Vista as is.
Vista is simply XP on steriods, but after over-doing it and now it has saggy boobs that weren't there before and it is currently suffering from erectile dysfunction. After 5 years, I am greatly disappointed. There are no "must have" features, yet PC makers, and distributors are being forced to force us to buy it. There is currently nothing wrong with WIndows XP that we haven't already handled and/or are used to. Why pay the money to switch???
Like the XP launch, you are going to be forced to deal with programs and drivers that don't work, a bloated codebase (how did that happen?), forced hardware upgrades, and more. Even worse, nearly all of the software vendors are behind in releasing patches, and drivers to ease your pain.
I strongly urge you all to send a message to Microsoft... DO NOT buy Vista right now. Stand up and demand Windows XP (or your other favorite alternative operating system). We are already stuck with a President who put us in a pickle, do not put yourself in one too. :)
Here is my suggestion... Move to linux and run an emulator or dual boot into Windows only when you need to. Then you don't have to worry about it at all. Maximum PC has an EXCELLENT article on this, here. However, Microsoft has just recently taken aim at Ubuntu and the Linux community in general. This is some sort of patent infringements, but they will not tell anyone what those actual infringements are... Typical...