New notebook - best to wait for Vista? in General off-topic discussions Posted November 9, 2006 Here's my curmudgeonly take on this. --Assume you are the type of user that doesn't already know the answers about when to get/not get Vista, and/or what machines it will run on (and no slight is intended here at all, this describes most users around the world). Let's call this the "Average User". --There's nothing in Vista that's going to change your life or user experience for the better. You've already got it all in Windows XP (please don't tell me about transparent windows and having maybe 2GB of RAM just to enable this...it's just eye candy which has long been available in Linux versions that will run on 512MB of RAM or less, and in Apple's OS X). --In fact, don't get Vista. It is a bloated system hog that will have scads of upgrade, install, driver and setup problems for the first 6-12 months as the initial bugs are tweaked and third parties provide their drivers and updated versions. Your printer won't work right, you'll get an error like "spooler crash" or something. Your external drive or USB stick won't work. Your iPod will be erased...anything is fair game in this stage. Or maybe those devices WILL work...it's a gamble. This always happens when MS rolls out their latest OS. During this period, and even for the next 3-5 years for sure, you'll be fine with Windows XP. So you can go out today and buy a nice laptop. Get a nice load of RAM. By the time you are done with that laptop, Vista will be ready for you on the NEXT machine you buy. --If you are an Average User, then Linux is most definitely NOT for you. It is just not ready yet. If you want to do the things most Average Users do, you can do some easily, but others are a nightmare, or not even available at all. Example: I don't think you can run iTunes on Linux. Windows Media Player files...there is a solution, but you better be a geek or you won't be able to get it to work, and you will have constant errors and searches for codecs. Burning DVDs...just not as easy or reliable as on Win or Mac software. Japanese input...good luck, it is messy and all over the place. If you can even get scim-anthy or uim or whatever to turn on and work on your system, it probably won't work right in other apps...Open Office doesn't always work right , somebody already mentioned the Excel problems...and the predictive input engine is primitive compared to MS's Global IME or the ATOK engine you can get for Apple. I think you can BUY Turbolinux Fuji (which includes the ATOK input editor) for 16,500 man, but hey, Linux is supposed to be FREE, and also, I read on some bbs posts that the J input in Turbolinux only works right if you also have J as the system language. Scratch the surface of any Linux desktop distro and you find you need to be a supergeek just to stay on top of it. You don't need this, you will beg to go back to Windows or Mac. I lost a whole day trying to get Japanese input to work on Ubuntu and just gave up. There's no explanation for why it won't switch on. I am into a world I just can't understand, with suggestions to enter a half-page of gobbeldeygook commands and code, it is a joke. --I kind of hate Apple's image and the Church of Mac mindset, and I never really clicked with OS X. But really, for the Average User, just get a cheap Mac and be done with it. You turn it on and it works. There is very little tweaking and maintenence, you can run MS Office, at present it is not the main focus of hacker, virus, trojan, worm, or malware types. It is just a tool that gets the job done as opposed to a hobbyist's tinkering paradise (or nightmare). And you can dual boot it with XP if you want using Boot Camp (available free with simple instructions from Apple's website).