holy dog wrote:Well vista sux. Everyone knew that.
Hmm. I didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know. I was just about to install it on a fourth computer in my house because it has been running so stable and perfectly for me.
Its copying Mac for it's 'simple design'.
This argument has been thrown around ever since build 5112 and it is completely unfounded in reality. Sure, some features might have been "copied," but could you please name one company that competes with others on the face of this very planet that hasn't done the same thing in one way, shape, or form? That's the very nature of technology and competition.
Besides, let's start naming some things Apple has copied from other people, starting with Xerox. They had the original "modern" GUI and windowing system on the Xerox Alto, and later, Xerox Star. It wasn't until after Apple saw these ideas in production did they come out with Lisa several years later. The mouse was also one of the things copied. Actually, Xerox didn't even invent this. Douglas Engelbart did, the same guy who had major influence in both the GUI and ARPANET (ie, the first true Internet).
OS X has even more things copied from other companies and researchers than ever in Apple's history. Dashboard is clearly copied from Konfabulator. I can't find the source, but Konfabulator wasn't even the first to do this either. Spotlight? If we want to go back far enough, it could be said that Microsoft had a large part in this development. Again, I can't find the source, but Microsoft talked about this in one of their conferences back in 1994/1995as a feature in Windows 3 and then codename Chicago (Windows 95), but they later regarded it as not possible at the time due to hardware limitations. Spotlight wasn't introduced until Tiger (2005). Microsoft had already well documented this as a feature that would be included with Vista. Now, I'm not saying Apple copied this idea directly from Microsoft because they announced it, I'm just making it clear that this idea was nothing new and Apple was really only the first one to implement it at the OS level
, not think of it.
Again, I'm only picking on Apple because the idea of Microsoft copying Apple was brought up by the OP. Every company in competition has done the same thing in some way, shame, or form. It's the very nature of technological competition and progression: someone comes up with an idea, another company creates something similar, improves it, and releases their own version. Rinse and repeat.
Never worked and it ended up all trashed up and more holes for hackers hack through then Xp etc.
Pure FUD. The features at the kernel level in Vista significantly improve security. And while they aren't perfect, they're certainly more secure then XP. XP was a mess until SP2 with regard to security.
My friend bought for $60 and went home to find out that its sux. He quickly went back to Xp!
How exactly did he get Vista for $60, might I ask? Regardless, Vista does indeed have its annoyances. There was a bug in Vista's TCP/IP handling on my laptop that had me extremely annoyed for months at a time (MS recently released a hotfix for it). I actually did go back to XP. And you know what? After about 1 day of use I went back to Vista. Now every time I have to sit down at my sister's or parent's computer (running XP) to fix something, I'm extremely frustrated. Until I used Vista full-on, I didn't realize how difficult XP was to use in terms of navigation control panels, etc. Vista hardly sucks. It's hardly perfection either. I'm eagerly looking forward to SP1.
If your not using your comp for gaming then i say Linux ubuntu. Good. Really good and its free! Free software and you hardly can get hacked.
Linux is NOT a layman's OS. Period. It requires too many steps, too much searching, and has ridiculously low driver support at this point in time. With Windows or OS X, it really does just work 99% of the time.
In 100 hacked comps,88 are windows,10 are Macs and 2 are linux!
Could I get a source for this information? Regardless, as people have said above me, those numbers are pretty darn close to the market share values of each OS. Naturally, this will be the case in terms of security flaws as well. Now granted, under the hood Linux might be more secure, but it doesn't mean security holes (and even extremely serious holes) don't exist in large numbers. The same thing happened to Firefox as its market share went above 10%; we started seeing security hole after security hole pop up.
If you really want to install Linux, make sure you do it on a trashable hard drive, if it fails, it WILL destroy the hard drive ==".
You seriously must be joking. As smithy has already said, a modern OS installed on modern hardware just can't physically destroy the drive. In the past, a bad OS or possibly virus could cause the HDD head to move in a pattern that could, in fact, damage the disk surface. Now with a modern OS, can it corrupt the data and require a reformat? Possibly. Even then I'd be surprised to see the corruption at the entire disc level rather than just a few sectors, which actually happens all the time, but the hardware and OS can work together to verify
the correctness of the data and fix it without you even knowing.