Comment from: Yrha Visitor
Maybe Tom is using a different Windows Vista :) I'm enjoying the new OS. I would just like to comment on #3. I was quite apprehensive too about the compatibility of my old hardware and software with Windows Vista. However, I found a Web site which has a complete collection of Vista drivers. In case you need a Windows Vista driver, try checking this site -- http://www.radarsync.com/vista
Comment from: Impostorzim Visitor
Wait. His biggest reason for not buying Windows Vista was completely irrelevant. Thats like saying "Don't buy an Xbox because its green, I don't like the color green so you won't either."
Comment from: KoB Visitor
How hard is it to pay for Vista? You're paying tax and every other damn monthly fee on the appliances you need to live, yet you can't spent a hundred or so dollars on a OS?
I laughed at how he used an opinion.
Comment from: mike Visitor
Can't play DVDs in windows vista media home basic player 11. This is the greatest heap of BS ever. Why should we have to pay for something that was already present in WMP10. Although can always use workarounds, but why should your average ''Joe So' pay for this privilege.
Comment from: Member
Mike, Windows XP, any SKU, wouldn't play DVDs out of the box. You need to install some DVD playback software, or a decoder so that WMP or MCE can decode the DVD.
Windows Vista Basic is in the same situation as Windows XP. You could of got the Home Premium or Ultimate SKUs of Windows Vista, but then your average "Joe So" would still be paying for the decoder. Microsoft can't just buy an MPEG2 decoder and be done with it, they need to licence it for every copy sold.
And if they did include a high-quality decoder with all their SKUs they'd be in court straight away for being anti-competitive. You can't have it both ways.
Comment from: Philip Corner Visitor
Only £123.36.... I'll buy two then. Perhaps that's pretty cheap if you live in Britain. However if like me you live in a poorer part of the world I think you'll find it's pretty horribly expensive. I live in Poland, where that cash sum works out around 700 zloty - between 2 weeks' or even a month's wage for a lot of people. And this is within the EU, people here have disposable income and shop at Tesco. People in less developed parts of the world really cannot afford to implement Windows legally.
And that's why:
1) People pirate Windows or
2) More people (like me) run a legal alternative - Linux.
Whether or not you believe Windows is great, even it's greatest supporters will tell you that it's only great if you update it regularly. However, you need a legal version for that. Assuming you're honest and have a legit version you might also want to shell out for some anti virus software just to be safe. You'll need probably need to cough up for Microsoft Office to get your work done and so on and so on. Never ending costs.
But a lot of people here can't afford that. And as Microsoft clamps down on pirates we are just moving away. It's easier. Hacking Windows has got harder, harder than installing Linux these days. Perhaps that's a good thing, I am not going to debate the morals. However, these costs meant that School kids are getting IT lessons on Linux because it's a lot cheaper. Small to medium companies are looking to OpenOffice to fulfil their needs. And as we are often running machines that fall far behind the specs needed for XP let alone Vista the Linux alternative ensures our computers keep running. It's all very well to say: hey, go and get a new PC. That option is even more out of the question than a paltry £123.36
And why do you care? Stuff Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, India..... well, our economies are growing fast and we're being raised on Linux and when we go out into the world this is what we expect to see. And that's what we'll get. When we can afford splash out on £123.36 worth of Vista I think you'll find we don't want to.
Comment from: Member
£123.36 is about what I earn in a month too, so what? It's priced in line with existing products within the market. Why would you expect the capitalists to do anything else?
You're also not being raised on Linux, Linux marketshare in central and eastern Europe is similar to western Europe. It is slighty higher in Brazil, I don't know about India, but I'd suspect its similar to eastern Europe.
Microsoft have also just announced plans to make Office and Windows available for $3 in emerging markets.
If you want to run an inferior desktop client to Windows, instead of doing what most people in Poland do, which is to pirate Windows, or taking advantage of the $3 thing in certain markets, that's entirely your choice. But if you actually think Linux is better than Windows then something is wrong.
Either way, the EC is conducting a review of Microsoft's pricing (I hope they do the same of Adobe, who's products are £1000s more than in the United States). Hopefully they'll order a reduction in price. I've got a feeling you'll baulk at that, being government interference and regulation, reminds you too much of Stalinism right?
Comment from: max Visitor
tell me, is it truly worth it buying windows vista or should i stay with my windows xp pr eddition? please responf, thanks