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Windows “Vista” — a view of what?

When I installed and started using Windows Vista the other day, I felt like I had been handcuffed. The TV commercial, where the Mac guy is talking with the Windows guy who has a bodyguard is a paradigm of the truth.

Cancel or allow. That should be Vista’s motto. The system is built on Python 2.2.1, and it tries to come as close to Linux as it can, but without actually being Linux. Microsoft knows that Linux is more secure, but stubbornly refuses to adopt the system — choosing, it appears, to try to patent parts of Linux.

I tried to install Norton Ghost 12, reportedly Vista-ready, but couldn’t install the program because of security permisions. Four — count them, four — tech support people from Symantec were unable to get the program to even install. I gave Symantec $50, and all I have is a CD worth $50.

I see no vast improvement over XP which, rumor has it, Microsoft will continue to support for another year. Microsoft is bragging now about reaching 60 million with its Vista product, but that, to me, is not that impressive.

I also wonder how long it will be before Vista will get fat on my hard drive, like its predecessors, and slow down my startup time. Shouldn’t be long, if Microsoft history repeats itself.

Until then, I’m going to enjoy my Mac and my PCLinuxOS on my PC.

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This entry was posted on October 3, 2007 by in Musings.
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