I decided that my new machine will run Windows XP, and not Vista. At least not yet.
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This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.net.
I ordered a new computer this week. It’s a desktop machine, and as you might
imagine I ordered it with lots of memory, processor, power capacity, disk space
and so on. So far it’s a fairly nice machine, and I’ll probably report on it
some more in upcoming articles after I’ve had a chance to iron out a kink or
When I placed my order I had my choice of operating systems: Windows Vista,
Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
I ordered the machine with Windows XP Pro pre-installed.
Now it wasn’t that easy a decision; I actually had to think about it.
As I’ve said before, for most people Windows Vista just isn’t as bad as many
might have you believe. Yes, there are absolutely people having significant
problems with it, but while those problems get a lot of publicity I believe
that they are really the exception, rather than the rule. Particularly when
pre-installed – in other words not an in-place upgrade over XP –
Vista’s a reasonable choice. That’s how my laptop came, and I’ve been running
Vista quite successfully on it for well over a year now.
In a nutshell: because it works.”
Last week’s podcast
notwithstanding, Ubuntu Linux was also worth some serious consideration. The
fact that it was available only without support, coupled with many of
my requirements I alluded to on last week, made that a non-starter for me. (My
plan, however, is to install Ubuntu on my current desktop which this new
machine is replacing.)
So why did I decide on XP?
In a nutshell: because it works.
I’m not saying that Vista wouldn’t, but the probability of XP
working is a little higher.
One particular area of risk for Vista is in graphics and media. I ordered
this machine with the capacity to do some video editting and right now XP’s
drivers and overall performance seem … safer.
For all it’s flaws, XP has a track record that extends back several years
now. With SP3 just around the corner, XP is a reliable, stable operating
system. Vista has yet to establish something like that same track record.
Given my eventual reliance on this new machine, I simply decided that until
I need Windows Vista, Windows XP would do just fine.
And of course with XP perhaps disappearing in the coming months this could
perhaps be my last chance to get it pre-installed.
So what should you do?
Good question. To be honest, today I think you’d have a hard time going
wrong by following my example and choosing Windows XP.
But the good news, in some senses, is that it’s not necessarily a obvious
decision. For the average user, Windows Vista is still a fairly safe bet as
well – at least for pre-installed systems.
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Till next time, I’m Leo Notenboom, for askleo.net.