opinions about MS Vista

Adriano Varoli Piazza moranar at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 22:02:27 UTC 2006

On 11/21/06, Mustafa Ozkaynak <mozkaynak at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just received an email from a friend (Actually he is a windows lover). He
> attended a session organized by Microsoft to introduce the most recent OS.
> Some of the shining stuff he mentioned about the Vista is as follows:
> 1. Advance sleeping mode. computer can switch mode in 1 second and come back
> in 2 seconds

Don't have a laptop, can't say.

> 2. GPO, you can schedule your computer so it switches on automatically at a
> specified time.

Cron, anacron and the like do exist in linux. This implies, of course,
not really turning it off in the first place. Granted, they could use
a GUI, but Mandriva already implemented one years ago.

> 3. Superfetch: softwares can work at background and when they are needed
> they come back to foreground  in very short time. so there is almost  no
> loading time.

OOOh, they seem to have discovered Control Z + bg...

> 4. USB drivers can be use as an extention to RAM

No idea about this, but seems kinda cool

> 5. BitLocker security system. The data in the system is encrypted  with a
> BIOS information so the Harddisk can not be read on any other computer.

TPM by any other name would smell as sweet. One of the positive
aspects of the technology, but if you encrypt it with the adequate
degree of competence it will be damn hard to read your drive on
another computer already, and that's something you can do in good old
plain Debian.

> 6. Built in advance "getting image of HD software" such as ghost.

Implies that you'd need to use it. Like the "RAM defragmenter" it's an
"Unbreak my OS, please" feature. Merely fixes things. I acknowledge
that for many people, a ghosted image is damn useful (cybercafe
owners, etc.), but for the common user, see above.

> 7. XPS Document Printer. Iexplorer can show all kinds of documents without
> any extra software (e.g. you can see pdf files without Acrobat).

I can already do that within Dapper/Edgy. "All kinds of documents"
surely means "those who conform to XPS specs. Otherwise, the magic
fairies have been hard at work.

> 8. Advance search engine for the harddisk

Like Beagle or Spotlight? Late, and Damn Late.

> 9. Advance recovery system (Windows Recovery Environment)

Again, suggests that the system breaks in advanced ways. Nice.

> 10 You can define some specific events and copy these events to another
> computer easily (Mac does this for a while with automator).

As you say, this  is a feature that's been present in other OSes for a
while (Nautilus has Actions, OSX has Automator...)


Adriano Varoli Piazza
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