With the prospect of having to acquire a new laptop, the fact that it will come with Windows Vista just sours my thoughts on the matter. All that DRM infection just turns me off about getting the OS. I guess I will have to ‘upgrade‘ to XP SP2 once I buy my new unit.

Acer: PC Industry ‘Disappointed’ with Vista – PC World: Acer’s president Gianfranco Lanci today became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system.

Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based Acer is the world’s fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and Lenovo.

Due to Acer’s relevant position as a worldwide PC manufacturer, a statement of this kind carries a lot of weight. With Dell now selling PCs in the U.S. with Ubuntu Linux, things are not looking up for the OS. I wonder if their shift in focus, with M$ wanting to become a service company, their OS business is starting to become less significant. IBM’s success in the service segment must be making M$ mad.

Users are voting with their feet, Lanci said, so that the Vista launch has had the smallest impact on PC sales of any version of Windows in the history of PC manufacturing. He added the situation didn’t look likely to change in the next six months.
Many business customers have specifically asked for Windows XP to be installed on their new machines, Lanci noted.

  1. brdavies says:

    I ran Vista on my Dell XPS M2010 for 14 months. I managed to get everything to work. I spent hours trying to share a drive. I put up with extremely poor graphics performance on my favorite game, World of Warcraft.

    Finally I gave up, bought a 2nd hard drive for my ‘laptop’, and installed Windows XP Pro SP2.

    It was like being let out of jail!

    I was able to crank my video settings all the way up on WoW, it boots in under 2 minutes, my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse consistently work, and I managed to share a hard drive in under 5 seconds.

    I do not understand what MS is doing here. Vista is such a complete downgrade that I am now spending my time writing on every blog how much it sucks.

    I’ve long held to the tenet to not install any MS operating system until it is in release 3 (since Windows 3.1), and it still holds. Don’t buy Vista. It’s a bare-faced attempt to just relieve you of your money. Wait until Vista 3.


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