[Techtalk] Re: New System Questions

Tracey C grrliegeek at elenari.net
Mon Feb 26 18:42:14 UTC 2007

On 2/26/07, Maluvia <maluvia at gmail.com> wrote:

> Does everyone really *have* to dash out and rework all their hardware
> and software to be Vista-compatible (and probably screwing it up in
> the process)?
> Can't we just ignore M$?

That's an excellent point IMO. If your system has to run Windows and
it runs XP right now... what compelling reason is there to upgrade to
Vista? Even Maximum PC magazine, which is Windows friendly, has been
running articles advising people not to rush out and upgrade to Vista.

> If no one buys their OS, and no one makes their HW/SW
> 'Vista-compatible', maybe they'll just go away and shrivel up like the
> Wicked Witch of the East,

Unfortunately it's not that simple. Vista is now shipping on OEM
systems that come with Windows, which is still a majority of desktops.
On the positive side, I saw a survey in the aforementioned Maximum PC
that indicated most people were *not* rushing out to buy Vista. Only
something like 18% said they would upgrade as soon as possible. I
don't remember all the numbers, but 20% said they were ditching
Windows entirely & would run Linux. Something like 45% said they would
stick with XP for the foreseeable future. Maybe 20% said they would
run Vista when DX10 came out. I see that people aren't hot on
upgrading, and more people are considering Linux. I consider that good

> and Bill can turn his attention to his other
> pursuits - like violating human rights and trashing the environment
> through his investments in Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron,
> etc.
> http://tinyurl.com/ymcnh9

Or maybe showing us the code Ballmer keeps mentioning Linux is
infringing on so we can rework it.
I found that highly amusing.

Tracey C

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