Possible Delays For Vista!
Again, it seems like Vista is going to be delayed. After a 5 year wait, Microsoft promised (read: Hoped) to deliver a Gold release in November. But claiming that Vista required “a few more weeks” to tweak and scale back features, the date was pushed back to January. Now, Gates is hinting that there’s a good chance (an 80% chance) that Vista’s “Due-Date” will be pushed back again.
There are two camps on this whole issues.
Some think that this will really hurt Microsoft in the "sales department". Other believe that they are so far behind on Vista's delivery, that they should just take their time and do it right.
Given that the recommended system requirements are as follows:
- 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
- 1 GB of system memory.
- A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero.
- 128 MB of graphics memory.
- 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
- DVD-ROM Drive.
- Audio output capability.
- Internet access capability.
The results of this installation? I removed Vista and reinstalled Suse Linux on my test box. It seems that Vista Beta, on my particular box, maxed out my CPU 100% of the time. I will, however, attempt an installation on one of our newer GX620 Dells which far exceed the specs above when one becomes available. Again, because with the video limitations represented in my current test machines, I don't think it was as fair a test as it should be. Still, though, I wouldn't have thought that it would have caused that HUGE a hit on performance.
So, I am of the opinion that Microsoft should take its time as well. No good can come out of rushing to push out a half-baked product and repeating the nightmares they had with Windows 98 and Windows ME.
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** Update: Just a wee update to tell you all, that I am doing a test of Vista on an M70 Dell Laptop. This machine more than meets the requirements set out by Microsoft for Vista. (CPU: 2.13GHz, Ram: 1 GB, Video: Quadro FX Go1400 256MB, and 80 GB Hard Drive). I will post a comment on my findings.