Chris Pirillo’s given up on Vista



February 27th, 2007

Chris Pirillo's given up on Vista:

I stand by my original assertion that the shipping version of this OS is late beta, at best. I realize that other enthusiasts are leaving Windows altogether (and leaping instead to Apple’s OS X), but there’s not yet enough momentum behind my willingness to do that. I’ll leave the installs of Vista 32 and 64 on this PC, but I’ll spend most (if not all) of my time back in tried-and-true Windows XP.

I’ll give Vista a second chance when the first service pack is released later this year, but until then…

To me the issue doesn't seem to be one of time but of timeframe.  From what I can understand the problems that Chris are having are just the normal pains of upgrading.  Sure, if you buy a new PC with new software then the pains aren't as severe, but they're still there. It seems to me that Chris feels that at some point in the future (a different timeframe) he'll have to invest less time in making the switch.  Not true.  Windows Vista SP1 isn't going to ship with a genie in a lamp that he can rub to make the problems go away.

If you ask me, all Chris is doing by avoiding Vista now is being a weasel to his future self.  The problems he's having now are likely to be there 12 months from now, and 24 months from now.  There might be less driver and software hassles but different hassles will replace them.  Fact.

But then again, if he's happy with XP, he can allow the Vista wave to wash over him and pick up when Windows 7 ships.  But that seems like an awfully odd thing for someone who swims in the tech pools to do.

Sounds to me like Chris needs a Mac ... ;-)

UPDATE:  Just realized that Ed Bott and Dwight Silverman have picked up on this post by Chris too.  Ed makes a point worth picking up on:

There’s rarely a penalty for delaying a switch to any new platform, hardware or software. This time around is no exception.

Not sure if I agree with that.  For "ordinary people out there" this holds true, but if you're making a living in tech, I can see some big penalties.

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One Response to “Chris Pirillo’s given up on Vista”

  1. Where Windows Pundits Went Wrong ~ Chris Pirillo Says:

    [...] Again, you’re missing my point - I’m telling you, I simply can’t deal with this right now. I need my operating system to do the things I need it to do TODAY - not six months from now. I’m fully willing to concede that my problems are partially tied to hardware choices, but that still doesn’t make your argument to “stick it out with Vista” any stronger (in fact, it further serves to support my decision). Don’t apologize for anybody but yourself. Adrian takes a similar stance, but redeems himself with a counterpoint: If you ask me, all Chris is doing by avoiding Vista now is being a weasel to his future self. The problems he’s having now are likely to be there 12 months from now, and 24 months from now. There might be less driver and software hassles but different hassles will replace them. Fact. [...]