That’s the vista or view of Julio Ojeda-Zapata in his review, Vista’s pretty, but it’s a shameless Mac OS X imitator Bottom line. He sums up Windows Vista this way:
Get a Mac with OS X unless your home-computer needs are Windows-specific, or if the fine Media Center is a must for you. You likely won’t regret a Vista-PC purchase, but I’m betting you’ll enjoy a Mac much more.
An amusing tongue-in-cheek video by David Pogue covers the same ground in a more creative fashion. I have to say that I use Windows XP at work and I really don’t mind it that much. It does some things pretty well and I just recently began using my Dock like I use the Taskbar… it works for me. On the other hand, Explorer really bugs me and, if I were to advocate a boycott or some action to pressure Microsoft, it would be to advise everyone to use some other browser like Firefox or, for Mac users, Camino or Safari at home. At work, where they are forced to use Explorer, they can access their .asp stuff on the intranet, which usually looks pretty crappy anyways. But, on their own time they would be using a standards compliant browser to visit commercial and recreational sites on the web, sending the stats for competing, standards-friendly browsers off the charts. That should get their attention.
At the job I hate before this one, back when I was in Santa Barbara, we got a preview of Vista. I thought it was a blatant rip off of OS X and surprisingly, some of the Linux desktops.
All and all, no thanks. I’ll stick to my Macs and my Linux boxes. Microsoft has yet to do anything impressive enough to make me want to switch back.
I’ve never tried Linux… is it preferable to OS X for the mildly proficient computer user (somewhere between home user and IT professional).
For the mildly proficient computer user, you still might want someone to configure it for you, unless you’re a patient person who doesn’t mind reading manuals. Once you get it going, it’s da bomb. The thing is, if you’re running OS X, you’re running its cousin anyways (BSD). BSD and Linux borrow (steal) a lot from each other. I’ve actually compiled Linux programs on the Mac, like The GIMP for instance.
I like having both because Linux has more GUI choices. OS X is nice and all, but you only really have one GUI. I’ve had my GUI artwork actually make it to a Linux distribution disk before.
Sweeeet. You da bomb!