haste ma vista?
You won't believe it. I now own a Windows Laptop that actually runs Vista! Well you might believe that part. But I actually kinda like the Vista experience.
Afzer having switched almost completly to Mac some four years ago (Mac OS X is simply THE developer's OS I think - spledid combination of Unix and GUI) - I was at the point where I NEEDED a windows based computer for simple compatibility and testing reasons. Now I could have done this on the cheap... but I decided I would rather get myself a machine that I would actually WANT to use on a regular basis. So my decision fell on a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Lifebook that has some quite decent performance specs... and very little extras. One main selling point of the Fujitsu Siemens line is this: they come with Vista, but you also get a easy to use WinXP downgrade option. The original idea was to try out the Vista, and then downgrade it to a working machine with XP ASAP.
Let me tell you I'm suprised I haven't downgraded yet. After all the horror stories I read about pre installed Vista, I figured I had some major setup work ahead of me.
It turns out I quite enjoyed the initial contact with the bloatOS ;) Musing on why this might be, here's some observations:
- The version of Vista is 'Business', maybe that accounts for some less clutter
- Fujitsu Siemes did a good job of only pre-installing the essentials and hardly any 3rd party bloat ware. That alone is very welcome.
- Windows Vista borrows quite a few concepts and structure from OS X, as such it was easy to feel at home quickly. Also the setup wizards you encounter while configuring it have been much improved in understandability and clearness since my last (winXP) contact with M$
- If I had been working with winXP on a daily basis already, I guess the switch to Vista would have been a unnecessary burden. But coming to it 'fresh' gave me another POV: I had to find my way around a NEW system anyway, so the higher acccesssibility (understandability) of Vista was cool.
In summary I guess I can say this: if people rant about Vista as a bloatOS, it might not be all Vista's fault after all. A clean install with good driver support and little else is all a hardware vendor should put on a new machine. worked well for me so far.
(Note: I guess I will be aiming for a dual boot installation of Vista and XP shortly anyway. Some work requirements and some software that I want to use makes XP necessary... also I'm curious about the performance gain for a leaner OS on this laptop)
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