Not every JobMobber can afford to plunk down over NIS 1000 or $300 for Microsoft's latest eye candy/hacker target Windows Vista unless they have a truly compelling reason to do so, such as finding their Israeli dream job quicker.
So Brian Briggs put together a flowchart to help you make the right decision, notwithstanding the early problems upgrading to a Hebrew-enabled version of the operating system.
Funny spoofs aside, here's a round up of the early opinions on the topic:
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- Don't be misled by these 10 Windows Vista myths
- Windows Vista: 15 Reasons to Switch
- 100 Reasons You'll Be Speechless (yes, it's official Microsoft propaganda)
- C|Net Editors' Review
- Ask Lifehacker: Should I upgrade to Vista now or wait?
- Vista: Worthy, Largely Unexciting
- 4 Reasons Why Windows Vista Is Just Not Worth It
- 10 Reasons Why I'm Not Buying Windows Vista (In No Particular Order)
- 10 Reasons Not to Get Vista
Do you see a trend? 9 reasons to keep reading…
Nu, which is it?
When Windows XP came out in 2001, a key feature was its stability. Any pre-XP Windows user had grown too accustomed to seeing their operating system choke – taking their work with it – and only regurgitating what came to be affectionately known as the BSOD or the Blue Screen of Death. With the arrival of XP, that habit was transformed into an afterthought. For this reason alone, it was worth running out and buying XP if you wanted to stay with Windows. Vista, on the other hand, has no must-have feature. There's a lot of new eye candy like the much talked-about Aero theme and a spate of improvements across the board but no one, super-attractive, line-up-to-buy feature.
If you're an early adopter, at least be patient long enough to try Microsoft's Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, a program that is designed to tell you if your computer is Vista-ready. As for me, I'm in no rush. Windows XP fills most of my needs and if I ever need something else, there's Ubuntu Linux which may be my next operating system of choice regardless. However, I'm under no illusions. Most people will upgrade simply by buying a new computer with Vista pre-installed or being given such a machine at their workplace, which is how so many people came to meet Windows XP.
One constant area of improvement for Microsoft: wallpapers (
some people Microsoft calls them Desktop Backgrounds). From the lame plaids of Windows 98 to the photorealistic scenery of XP, Vista – truly living up to its name – takes us further with stunning images and even video wallpaper (although I don't see this as very useful unless you are using a CRT monitor without a screensaver). Unlike the new OS, there's no need to spend anything for these pleasures and I'm content to just settle for the new Vista wallpapers on my XP machine.