Before you freak out and leave a million comments about how terrible it is, I’m here to tell you that while it does seem to have its shortcomings it does appear to be a lot better than its predecessors. My girlfriend recently bought a Gateway laptop (it was what she wanted) and it of course came Vista. Home Premium Edition. So at first it was the buggiest OS I’ve ever used. The factory installation of Vista was screwed up beyond repair. The worst part was even though it only had two accounts, both of which were administrator accounts, while logged in I could not install nor uninstall programs because it told me I need admin rights. Yeah explain that one to me? So she took to the Geek Squad at Best Buy who told her they couldn’t fix it, though the “Geek” told her off the record he would just reinstall the OS from scratch. Well that was what I had suggested to begin with so with a second opinion she let me do it.
Now that I’ve got that completed all the kinks that were there seem to be gone. I haven’t got to use it a lot so far but it feels stable. Secure? I don’t know. Its hard to “feel” secure. But she doesn’t have any viruses yet that I’m aware of. I’m actually writing this from within Vista.
On the hardware side I must say I actually like this Gateway laptop. Its a … okay apparently Gateway didn’t think it was necessary to write the model name on the laptop anywhere. Never-mind. Anyway it has a 15″ wide-screen LCD display, a Core2 Duo Intel Processor, and 2G of RAM. Her mother didn’t want to pay extra for that second gig but she did at my insisting. Now have another friend with an HP laptop with only a single gig of RAM and it lags bad. My girlfriends Gateway runs very smooth though with the the 2gigs so if you have to get Vista, much like other sites I’ve read, you don’t want that 2 gigs of RAM, you need that 2 gigs of RAM.
I will, finaly, admit, even after being slightly impressed with Vista, after getting its kinks worked out, I still don’t want it. And probably won’t buy it. I’m sorry but its to late for me. I want a Mac. I’m tired of MS right now. Linux has spoiled me. I’m hoping that Linux hasn’t spoiled me so bad that I won’t be able to use OS X either. We’ll see though.
Enjoy the Penguins!