Gnomie Craig writes:

After using the Amiga OS for almost 15 years, I came over to Windows 98SE around 1999. For the most part, I wasn’t very happy with Windows; Amiga was so much simpler — even though Windows was capable of so much more than what the Amiga OS offered.

Having dealt with the transfer of OSes (and also the language barriers, as I am a programmer), I eventually came to like and support Windows 98 going to Windows 2000. I then found, like many others, that Windows ME offered more but was also very buggy. Then XP came out (how many hours that kept me up!) — as with Vista today, there was very little hardware driver support. But XP had a likeabilty factor, and when service packs one and two came to light, XP became a major force to the working of my daily life.

I recently brought a new laptop that was Vista ready (HP Pavilion dv6030) — oh, I was so excited thinking I had the machine that was capable and truly able to run this beast OS (wrong). It was not a nice experience at all — Vista was shoddy; it was slow and it lagged. Its eye candy was impressive, but Aero became boring and CPU hungry. It was turned off within hours. It had full driver support, but just didn’t have software support. (An interesting note: did you know that the most incompatible software with Vista was Microsoft’s?) Visual wouldn’t work and I was gob smacked. It took me three weeks, but I now have XP running (and while some drivers are iffy, it’s still a better experience than Vista ever was). I hope that Microsoft does manage to pull Vista together and with time call upon and try to develop with the hardware vendors to make more of the existing hardware compatible. Vista is shipped with the biggest amount of drivers on disk, yet many don’t work. Why is that?

It comes to something when you buy a machine and you’re willing, within days of opening up your sparkly new PC, to void the warranty by running an OS (XP, in my case) that is not supported by the vendor. Some systems even come equipped with a setting within the BIOS that disallows you to run XP. The option should be mine — not the computer company’s and not Microsoft’s.

The argument with Vista can go on and on. A few love, but loads hate. The numbers say it all.

Web cams, scanners, printers, sound, graphics, and NIC cards are all victims. I’m not sure what MS is thinking or hoping for.

Good luck Vista, but in my books, long live XP.