Sunday, December 17, 2006

BadVista: The Worst FUD You Will Ever Read.... St. Ignucious Has Gone Wild

Richard Stallman (RMS, St. Ignucious ) is at it again. let's see what the site says:

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched, a campaign
with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the
new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that
respect users' security and privacy rights.
“Vista is an upsell masquerading
as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important
aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously
MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth
rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even
more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how
to resist them, and why people should care”, said FSF program administrator John

More interesting is the piece of garbage that they link to: 25 Shortcomings Of Vista

Here are some of the 'gems'

1. SMB2: Vista introduces a new variant of the SMB protocol called SMB2, which may pose problems for those connecting to non-Microsoft networks, such as Samba on Linux.
--Speculation and pure FUD

7. Five Versions: The array of Vista editions could prove to be three too many, and upgrades between versions remain an unknown.
8. Activation: The need to activate the product via the Web could prove to be a time-waster during mass deployments.
--Could prove? Could prove? Who writes this stuff? For mass deployments there is something called Key Management Service

Key Management Service
Your organization can host the Key Management Service (KMS) internally to automatically activate computers running Windows Vista. To use the KMS, you must have a minimum of 25 computers running Windows Vista that are connected together. Computers that have been activated through KMS will be required to reactivate by connecting to your organization's network at least every six months.

Currently the KMS software runs on a local computer running Windows Vista or the Microsoft Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" operating system. In the future, it will run on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system.

9. Storage Space: With Vista taking as much as 10 Gbytes of hard drive space, big and fast hard drives will be a must.
--Last time I checked you can't really buy anything less than 100GB

10. Backup: See No. 9. Backing up desktops will take a great deal of space.
--So backup only your personal data.

Buried Controls
Many options and controls are further buried, requiring a half-dozen mouse clicks or more to get to. Network settings and display settings are offenders here.
--Some people said the same thing in WinXP, until they realized there is also a classic view. Vista has this classic view also.

19. Installation Can take hours on some systems. Upgrades are even slower.
--This is BS; it should not take more than 30 minutes unless you got a pirated copy on 1500 floppy discs

20. HHD Hybrid Hard Drives. These are potentially a huge performance booster, but there's little information and support is available (even though should be available).
--Since when is having an emerging technology that will boost performance a shortcoming?

WordPadAbility to open .doc files has been removed.
--Hahahahahaha who wrote this piece of crap. You either use Word or OpenOffice

The writer of this article is Frank J. Ohlhorst send him an email if you want to tell him what you think


Greg said...

Love the blog by the way. I am a dedicated Ubuntu user and I have 3 pc's in my home that are Ubuntu only, and laptop that is a dual boot. I have to say most people don't know what they are missing out on.

Keep up the good work.

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James McGovern said...

I wholely agree that FSF needs to get on track or lose big. I posted my own thoughts on BadVista here: