From GNU/Linux to Warhammer & back again!
I am a little sad that time of writing it appears the previous run of articles seems to have come to an end. Since the outlandish claims had started (from a self claimed Red Hat dev!), I found it had become rather amusing. Whilst the comments are left open, we do have to move on.
Today I am looking at a very good article by Ina Fried and you can read that here.
Ive been very vocal about the issues I have had with Vista. For me Vista is the reason why I went from dual booting at home, to a complete removal of Microsoft products. I have also been challenged when I make the remark Vista 7 (in respect of the impending 7 release) but would like you to consider Microsoft’s position of “if it doesn’t work in Vista it probably wont work in 7″ (or words to that effect) I would also like users to consider XPM in 7 and suggest that 7 (or Vista 7) has more of a resembalance in terms of its core code to Vista than it does to XP.
To me though that should not be a point of challenge. If, as the the MS faithful repeatedly tell me “there is nothing wrong with Vista” then they should champion the fact that 7 building upon what they claim is a great product.
Although, readers with more than a passing interest in the OS they are running know, the story is not quite as simple as that.
Lets take a trip back to 2007 and examine this article, entitled “No end in sight for Vista’s long goodbye” here. now, does this suggest to you that Vista has been a great success or infact people wanted rid of Vista as far back as 2007?
Lets look at another more recent example from here. This was written in 2008 and is in regards to “Angry Vista users vent over SP1 driver issues” Strange isnt it that the MS faithful like to claim that Linux has the exact same issues?
How about this article from August 2008 “Vista’s Security Rendered Completely Useless By New Exploit”
Now lets move on again, this time to 2009, where the release of SP2 has brought with it a new article, you can read that here. This is an article to help Vista users sort out network issues and again since the MS faithful like to claim that Linux has “issues” it seems strange that a “mainstream” OS released on the back of the popular (and now mature) XP that the Windows platform has to have posts like this. If MS supporters are going to claim Linux is “not simple” why then after all this time does the Microsoft offering still seem to have problems?
Before anyone gives the reason of “new technology” as being a cause, let me stress that these examples are not a claim of incompetance on behalf of Microsoft, but more that no matter what OS you choose, you can have difficulties. Whilst there are many claims made about alternatives to Microsoft product (being that they are not as good) its worth noting that a “good package” is something that is suitable for you and since many alternatives cost nothing to use, is there any harm in trying them for yourself?
The purpose of this article is to highlight a few points, firstly, the PR that Vista received pre-release from the MS faithful was, IMO very much the same as we see today for 7. Regardless of what people try to claim, I think its a given that Vista did not receive the reception that Microsoft would have liked. There are many more examples than I could post here and the aim was simply to highlight the ones that have similarities to the claims the MS faithful make about Linux and alternatives. An interesting search of “Microsoft blames” is one I’d recommend everyone try in Google.
Windows 7 I believe shares more in common with Vista than it does with XP, and whilst it may well be a “polished Vista” we have to consider that not only are we in the middle of a recession, but IMO the dynamics of the “average user” have shifted. I don’t believe the average user is now prepared to remain quiet about issues with software, I think the average user is more willing to consider alternatives and I also think the home PC’s role is changing. I’ve voiced my opinions on Windows as a gaming platform in light of the massive popularity of games consoles. I’ve also suggested that for most users the requirements they have of a home PC can quite easily be catered for by FOSS and without the need of proprietary solutions and I’ve also suggested in the past that the “hobby” of computing is returning, and that Linux with its customizable and open system allows that hobby to flourish.
Conversely I’ve also said that mass migration is bad. To me Linux is a great platform since it strikes a happy balance between being accesable for the new user willing to learn a new way of working and a more “seasoned veterans” love of “tinkering”. IMO Windows tries to please everyone and in doing so has become a bloated product which has an ethos of “one click solutions” for “one click solutions”. In my humble opinion history will show that Vista was the biggest mistake of Microsoft’s and I believe that Vista is the main reason why alternatives are even being considered at all. I’ve said before that unlike some FOSS supporters, I actually understand and agree with the need for proprietary solutions, however when those proprietary solutions have FOSS offerings that are, IMO better, then really one must question the value of them.
To finish on a lighter note, lets have a look at a “happy” Vista customer who is going to show you how to install Windows Vista in 2 minutes. Funny that the problems experience by this chap are the same ones that the MS faithful claim about Linux time and time again.
Will Windows 7 be a “deja-vu edition” of Vista? Time will tell. But with articles like “London Stock Exchange to abandon failed Windows platform” that can be read here. One has to wonder how much damage has already been done to the Windows brand, regardless of what 7 turns out to be.
Goblin – firstname.lastname@example.org