Windows Vista has been long in the making – the question is, why? Not why make it but why bother?
Expectant users have been eagerly anticipating its release, certain that Vista is a major step forwards. It is – but only in DRM copy protection and degraded performance!
To be perfectly blunt, I would say you would have to be dumb to install Windows Vista unless you had a gun to your head – and even then I’m not sure it would be worth it.
Once a weakness is found in a particular driver or device, that driver will have its signature revoked by Microsoft, which means that it will cease to function ... This means that a report of a compromise of a particular driver or device will cause all support for that device worldwide to be turned off until a fix can be found. Again, details are sketchy, but if it’s a device problem then presumably the device turns into a paperweight once it’s revoked. If it’s an older device for which the vendor isn’t interested in rewriting their drivers (and in the fast-moving hardware market most devices enter “legacy” status within a year of two of their replacement models becoming available), all devices of that type worldwide become permanently unusable.
Devices turned off without user permission if a ‘security flaw’ is discovered? Regardless of whether the user wants this or not.
Not only that but soundcards, graphics cards, monitors and all manner of other components that Vista will refuse to operate if it is ‘premium content’ (ditch your cd collection then) simply because it does not use the (often) lesser quality Windows version. Forget about all that high end hardware you bought in order to run Vista. Chances are it won’t work with ‘premium content,’ anyway.
For the techies, this is a superbly revealing analysis of Vista – A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection. For the non-techies – better not to bother with Vista – buy a copy of Windows XP and use that instead.
This isn’t an enhancement for users – it’s piracy of the user by the manufacturer! A better name would be Windows Captain Jack Sparrow edition.
Pass me the gun … ghastly la Vista, baby!