As I have had Linux as my main operating system for many years now that is the os that I am mostly used with. Now with my new computer I got vista preinstalled so I thought I should try it for a while ( about a month now ). So this is just my first impressions:
I thought it looked quite nice. Not a big revolution but it used these small effects that was not too much in the way.
Secondly I was rather annoyed by all questions about administrator rights all the time. It’s supposed to increse the security but basically I felt these messages popped up so often that I am probably going to develop a spinal reflex to click them away faster than I even read what the messages are about. Maybe you can change this behaviour somewhere I have not really looked into it that much yet. On Linux you need admin rights too sometimes but I feel that on vista it’s vista that asks me about administrator rights while on linux it’s me that asks the computer instead.
Thirdly the stability is very disappointing so far, programs have been crashing here and there (even the task manager itself crashed when I was supposed to use it to close another program that had freezed) and in the past month I have had 4 blue screens. I thought they were a thing of the past, but apparantly they are as common as the last time I was a frequent windows user arount the time of Windows 98 if I recall correctly.
On the good side there is some things on that works better out of the box on vista than my latest Kubuntu installation like videos and some other stuff.
And I have not yet any sound on Linux, because the new soundcard was apparantly ”noy yet” supported. Maybe I can steal my old soundblaster live card from the old computer if I do not find any other solution.