I use FreeBSD, but have Vista RC1 installed on a secondary computer, and my girlfriend is using it as her main OS
. We have not had problems, but we haven't tested the 64-bit version. My short review is that the UI
is more pleasant to use than XP
. There are also changes to the kernel, etc, but they are probably not relevant to you.
Using it as your only OS
should be reasonably safe. But back up your data, of course. If you haven't, the state of your hard drive should be of more concern to you than Vista...
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Windows Vista is absolutely appaling from what I have used
Gloopy and slow and basically is windows XP + GUI'd up, worse quality features (which were unique of OS X), which they have ripped off.
You need RAM and lots of it to run all the glassy graphicy nonsense :P
The best part about Vista is that it's actually *more* responsive than XP
. The desktop is now accelerated in hardware by your 3D card - something that normal applications don't use anyway. Eye candy in such an environment is not a resource hog.
I have 1 GB
of RAM, and it's quite enough. On a modern computer even 2 GB
wouldn't be expensive, so I don't really see a problem.
The "worse" features are too subjective. I actually like a lot about the Vista UI
, and I use OS
X frequently. KDE (after customization, of course) is my overall favorite. "Ripping stuff off" is a red herring, imho. I, for one, *want* them to use each others' ideas. Why let your UI
stagnate just because someone else came up with something first?
As for processor speed, rather than worrying about Vista, I'd be more interested in if my computer is able to play back MPEG-4 AVC at 1080p, because that's going to make much more of a difference