Vista The Thud Heard ’round the World

It has been some time now since MS turned Vista loose upon innocents to reek havoc. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with says this is the worst MS OS ever. It is not surprising you see various corporations and government agencies (most notably the DOT as reported in Information Week) ban upgrading to it.

We should not be surprised about the sorry state of this OS. This was an off-shored product. Even if various entities hadn’t been telling everyone that 60-80% of the code was written in India, the delivery schedule and quality would. Two years late, and it still doesn’t work. That is pretty much par for off-shore development.

The benefactors of this great debacle have been both MAC and Linux. Even MS recognized the poor quality of Vista and signed a pact with Novell to get its foot into the Linux market. Quite honestly, if you take the time to select everything you want, rather than just taking the defaults when installing it, SuSE Linux 10.2 64-bit AMD edition with the Gnome desktop is a very secure and capable desktop. It doesn’t like nVidia RAID at this point but that will be resolved at some point. The nVidia chipset must be kind of buggy because every motherboard I have seen with it on there also provides connections for EIDE.

Ah, just think about how much money MS saved by doing this development off-shore…Two years late, buggy, and a complete alienation of American software developers. Open Source is gaining lots of steam and people who would never own an Apple product are now looking at buying two.

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.