Someone asked a forum how to run X on Vista. A couple months after MicrosoftCorporation's rollout.Someone answered "X on what??"
"Vista" is Microsoft's latest desktop OS. It features lots of "JigglingBaloney", such as translucent window frames, and "customize" renamed to "personalize".
I have heard it will refuse to play music if it suspects you could possibly have "borrowed"* it.
In some circles, it's considered the greatest thing that ever happened
to UbuntuLinux. Due to customer reaction, Dell started shipping U as an
-> * It may also disable your hardware if it can't degrade it to DRM policy: http://davisfreeberg.com/2008/01/03/bad-copp-no-netflix/ (Vista? The round corners give it away.)That DigitalRightsManagement implementation "will potentially remove playback licenses from your computer, including those from companies other than Netflix or Microsoft..."
I have since switched my notebook from Ubuntu to its original Vista installation, because I like trivial details like Midi, Sleep mode, and VPN at least working, albeit slowly.
If there is a hell, eternity will be spent by...
BillGates browsing MS's tech support system (without dropping his name)
SteveBalmer? running Vista on commercial grade hardware.
--PhlIp (...working for a boss who hates UnitTests!)
A few months ago, we purchased a new Dell laptop with Vista Home Premium for my daughter who is in medical school, because her old Gateway XP Pro machine was plain worn out. I spent a bunch of time tweaking it, and I must say that I am very pleased with the outcome. I really like it, and am looking for a good deal on one to purchase for myself. Hers is running on 3 gigs of ram and performs very nicely, and of course it works well "it's a Dell"! I have a 7 year old Dell laptop that runs XP Home (max hacked) like a dream, and it is older then the hills. Anyway, she has found very few problems with music (she is a music copy queen) and with other applications. Mainly the problems we have encountered are do to software developers ignoring Vista issues and wanting to keep their heads buried in the sand. I have helped some authors diagnose and fix their products with good results. I figured out in a hurry, before we ever purchased that laptop, that you need at least 3 gigs for good performance, and a bit of good tweaking too. So far, I prefer Vista over, 98, ME, and XP. I'm hoping that one day, Linux will come out with something that will win me over, they are coming close, but not quite there yet...
Conversely, I've been using almost exclusively Linux on the desktop (including various notebooks) since 2000. This includes using it for music composition, editing movies, etc., for the past few years. There have been issues with hardware compatibilities, software infrastructure changes, etc., but almost all of them were quickly resolved and the power of free software like Ardour is worth the occasional hassle.WindowsVista, formerly named WindowsLonghorn, is the next milestone after WindowsXp in the series of MicroSoftWindowsOperatingSystems. It will have a new Plex theme along with the Luna Theme from XP, and sexy "Glass effects" to entice user upgrades. It has an additional sidebar added onto its task bar; the sidebar can easily be removed. The sidebar can hold numerous components, including custom ones. It's currently on Build 4029 Milestone 5. It is scheduled to be released in 2006.
For TabletPcs, Windows magazine has provided a list of tentative upgrades in conjunction with WindowsVista. See http://www.winnetmag.com/windowspaulthurrott/Article/ArticleID/42587/windowspaulthurrott_42587.htmlWindowsVista name was officiated in mid 05 and dissenters come out with this derogatory expansion(Viruses, Infections, Spyware, Trojans, Adware.) See http://news.com.com/Windows+Vista/2100-1016_3-5801300.html
Note the 2003 article mentioned the key role of WindowsFx which we knew by end 2004 had a major delay
"Windows became the dominant OS for PCs by controlling the underlying APIs and file formats. The Internet shifted that balance of power away from the desktop by performing functions on Web servers and related technologies" -- dl reread the above old link and find new insights in SeptemberZeroFive