It dawned on me this morning that given I have a slight skew in the direction of tech stories I should pontificate on why people shouldn't rush out and buy Microsoft's latest offering Vista. Here's a short list of reasons not to rush out and buy it.
- During the past seven years, Microsoft have actually written two Operating Systems. Longhorn and Vista. Longhorn was just XP 2005 really. Vista was started from the ground up for "security reasons". It has been shown in the past few months that it is not secure and has serious holes.
- The Digital Rights Management inherent within Vista will stifle innovation and is designed to make hardware inoperable with any other OS. Thus Vista is, inherently, an anti-competitive, anti-free market OS.
- It's twice the price in the UK as it is in the US.
- It requires ever more processing power and memory for limited feature enhancements.
- The new "features" have been available in Linux and OSX for years. Unix/X Windows based development is light years ahead.