Vista and FraminGo - Personal thoughts
Where are you going Windows Vista?
Windows Vista is strange - maybe as strange as Windows ME. Probably it's best to wait for its successor.
Windows Vista has a nice candy desktop with beautiful optical effects. Under the hood it is inconsistent, incompatible, the halfhearted rewriting of some applications ends up in a mess from oldschool Win3.11 up to the Aero style.
Windows Vista is a resource greedy monster. You need at least 2GB of RAM to run it properly. Regular harddisks running 7200 upm are slow, because the enormous amount of data moved. We reccomend using HD RAID Level 0 or 5 for good harddisk performance.
The compatiblity to former Windows versions is ambiguous. Expect trouble with drivers and funtionality when you try to connect an older Printer-Scanner-Fax Combi or exotic hardware (e.g. USB-Sticks, TV-converters, Ipod).
Windows Vista and security
A major change are Windows Vista's security features. They tend to annoy the user with continuous questions if something is safe to do. But how should the user know? Isn't it the operating systems task to know? The user simply gets used to klick away and continue; this ist definitely no way to security. The included anti virus program 'Windows Defender' is a little joke compared to other anti virus programs on the market. The 'Device Control' has no server component and therefore can only be used very restrictive. The 'Windows Firewall' was a joke in XP and remains one. 'Network filtering' is an ideal jobmaker for computer service technicians. 'DRM' seems to work for the sake of the music and film industry. Is there any user who wants this? What's the advantage when a regular user can't connect to the internet because it is considered insecure by the operating system?
The help system is new, to use old help files (*.HLP) you have to download an additional Program from the internet.
What about working with my PC?
I don't need a candy desktop. I don't wear pink lingerie either