Thursday, March 01, 2007

News Flash: Vista Sucks

All your computer are belong to usTo no one's surprise, Vista, Microsoft's just-released operating system now shipping on new computers, is loaded to the gills with DRM and other "features" that waste system resources, degrade performance, and generally turn control of your computer over to other people. According to Peter Gutmann, a computer nerd in New Zealand:

Whether you use Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 95, Linux, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris (on x86), or almost any other OS, Windows content protection will make your hardware more expensive, less reliable, more difficult to program for, more difficult to support, more vulnerable to hostile code, and with more compatibility problems.
And all because the movie and music industries don't really want you to have their products after they sell them to you. Awesome. Can we reform bad copyright laws now, please?

Gutmann's full analysis of Vista's crapitude is here. Microsoft's disingenuous damage control response is yonder.