I had tried Windows Vista for couple of weeks when this operating system was code named Longhorn and delivered to attendants of PDC conference in Los Angeles (October 2003). As I attended PDC 2003, since then I wear T-shirt with printed “I was there at the beginning…” and Longhorn, Visual Studio “Whidbey” and SQL Server Yukon prints and logos on it… At that time, using of early Longhorn version wasn’t so pleasant experience, as it worked but with lots of bugs and glitches. I can remember that I reported dozens of problems to Microsoft as company officials asked PDC attendants to try and report. Also I didn’t like it although nice stories about WinFX, Indigo, and Avalon.
At present time, it is noticeable that Vista raises many questions that target security, licensing, price… So my three questions before I will go to switch to Vista:
- Is it secure, stable and reliable enough?
- Can I afford it?
- What is power (and price as well) of machine to install Vista expecting it to work good?
I probably will wait couple of months before I decide to use it… or switch to Linux. I don’t know yet.