How many of you are running Vista, or used to run Vista?
I run Vista. Have run it for about half a year now. Previously, I was a Mac user for 5 years and used Linux on secondary desktops during that time.
If you switched, or chose not to use Vista, why?
I switched because I could not afford to upgrade to new Mac hardware. The laptop I'm using now costs half as much as the cheapest Macbook, and this was when they still had that horrid integrated graphics.
Software wise, it also made sense as I'm a C++ developer by profession and the company I work for has some deal with MS that allows employees to run MS software at home for cheap.
Now that I've plonked down some cast to invest in the Windows versions PS Elements, Noise Ninja, etc, it's now very difficult to go back to the Mac since I'll need new hardware, and more importantly new licenses of software.
If you've had issues with Vista, what were they?
None, it is fine. I'm looking at upgrading to Vista x64 though, just because I can
. Also, the stuff I need all run flawlessly on Vista x64 so I might take the plunge at some point.
I ask because the argument for Macs is that they're OS is superior to Vista as far as stability, etc.
There are many things that are good about OS X. I didn't switch to Vista due to technical merit. I switch due to my poor wallet.
During my 5 years as a Mac head, I was doing a PhD in neural networks. That involved reading a lot of papers. Spotlight which came with Tiger in 2005 was totally awesome and it completely revolutionised the way I stored papers. I just chucked them into a folder and let Spotlight index away! No longer did I need to manually keyword them into a BibTex database. I need a paper that covers certain topics? I just hit Cmd + Space, type in the words and get a list of PDF documents that match. Pure research bliss.
The OpenGL implementation on OS X is a lot better than under Linux or Windows (circa 2003). I understand that a lot of this is to do with the graphics driver, particularly under Linux. I don't need OpenGL for games, but I do need OpenGL for 3D graph visualization. Ever tried plotting a 3D graph in Matlab with over a million data points? Without proper 3D acceleration, you'll go insane. On Linux, only nVidia drivers work well enough. Anything else doesn't seem to do it quickly and you see rendering artifacts. On my old Windows box with an nVidia driver, I'd get an illegal operation (coming from nv_something.dll if I recall correctly) and the whole thing would come crashing down. OS X, it just worked
Exposé is just too awesome. Really, it is. I imagine it would be very useful for graphic work as I found it really awesome as it allowed me to quickly navigate to the graph that I needed. To date, Windows doesn't have anything similar.
Application navigation is also superior. In windows you have Alt+Tab. On OS X, you can CMD-Tab to navigate between applications and CMD-` to navigate between application windows. I personally
found that to be a much superior approach.