I’ve used Microsoft operating systems for most of my computing life. It goes
Windows –> etc
Oh, I’ve flirted with Linux boxes, but the desktop I do my writing on has always been some Microsoft product. That’s ending.
In recent versions, I’ve been willing to tolerate some distressing functionality because I really like Win XP compared to all the past versions. But the creeping DRM’s been annoying me. It’s a whole other rant.
Anyway, I’ve followed Vista’s development for a while as an interested guy, and the news that it’ll let you install it only once after the initial installation
I already own a set of matched Win XP discs because of authentication/serial number issues. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on this. And that’s on top of the wrangling I’ve had to do when XP’s decided that my latest upgrade is one too many and I have to call in again. There is no fucking way I’m rolling over for this. Maybe I’ll stay with XP, and maybe I’ll move back into rolling some Linux distributions in the world of minimal usability, and maybe I’m going to use my beautiful MacBook Pro as my box until Apple forces the issue on their own.
But that’s it. From a News.com article:
[Shanen Boettcher, a general manager in Microsoft’s Windows Vista unit] said that Microsoft has heard some concerns regarding virtual machine issues, but doesn’t think the license changes represent a threat to Vista sales. “It hasn’t come up as any kind of a blocker for adoption,” he said.
Well, here’s one. I can’t believe there aren’t others, but mark me up as the first if no one else has come forward.
And don’t tell me that if I’m all anti-DRM I shouldn’t buy an HDTV, or an X-Box 360, or whatever else has crippleware built in: I’m not buying them either. Either years down the road kids are going to point at me and laugh at the lame guy who only reads books that don’t self-ignite after reading and doesn’t have a Holoplayer or whatever, or this thing’s going to turn around and consumers are going to start getting devices that work like they want them to work.
Either way, I won’t have upgraded to the newest and greatest Microsoft operating system for the first time I can remember.