XP or Vista?

The Spaghedeity has smiled upon me! I'm finally going to get a new computer, a custom Dell.
Should I get a Vista or XP?
XP is reliable, cheaper and proven, but it's old-ish
Vista is NEW, cooler, and won't be outdated in a year or two, but its buggy
I can't decide :p, any help?

Well I wound up getting an Apple iMac 20"


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ncblu8 years ago
not sure why everyone hates vista, i think it's great and have been running ti for about a year and i have never had it crash or lock up once. vista is good until the tweakers get in and start messing with things, then you get problems. xp on the other hand was much slower and tends to freeze up now and then. given a choice between the two, definately vista - with lots of ram.
110100101108 years ago
xp - it just works and does it well vista - i think everything you really need is in xp too (or can be added to xp) and is gonna work better than vista
KentsOkay (author)  110100101108 years ago
Aye well... Mine eyes have been opened, an Apple hath I purchased..
XP, VISTA = X.X

Actually... you should probably go linux, but I dunno. I really want to try out linux, but I'm not too insane w/ the compz.
I recently switched over to Ubuntu distro of linux.... but have since switched back. I like what they've done with linux but even once you get to know what your doing with it and where to find things, it takes about 5 - 10 minutes longer to do almost everything. I mean if your gonna set it up and just surf the web or listen to tunes... your all set.... but if your like me adding and removing progams constantly and forever changing the way you do things linux is a hinderence. the way the general use of the OS is set up its a solid OS... but even finding the correct codec for a video goes from a minor inconvinence to a major choir... its defianatly do-able but when it comes to things like this plan on an extra 5 - 10 minutes of figuring and a lot of trial and error
further, in my comparison during my switch I found 2 reasons to switch to linux, they are: 1.) Linux is free, and almost all software is open source (due to this, there are 1000 different versions of everything, some work well, some barly work at all, some are awsome... hense, trial and error) 2.) Security. The guys who make viruses are linux users - why make a virus for the OS you use when you can make one easier that will effect the majority of computer users. there are just as many ways to crash a linux, just no programmers that want to crash it... there all using linux concentrating on crashing microsoft. but I use Windows XP, there are plenty of good open source programs for windows. and if there is something I don't have, but want.... I take it anyway... I don't feel bad ripping off microsoft, but I don't even feel I have ripped them off... not since the copy of windows I purchased years and years ago was unvalidatable just becuase I format a lot. I paid for my copy... and I can't update because you say its not valid now?.... sorry... went on a slight microsoft tangent.
2.) Security. The guys who make viruses are linux users - why make a virus for the OS you use when you can make one easier that will effect the majority of computer users. there are just as many ways to crash a linux, just no programmers that want to crash it... there all using linux concentrating on crashing microsoft.

I have never once read this opinion before. Site some evidence, please. In fact, the evidence supports that the vast majority of virus programmers are Windoz users/programmers...

Since programmers are more likely to be taught Windoz languages (VB, VC++, C#) than any other in high school and college, that's the source of virus programmers. Virus programmers tend to be underachievers, and it's just so much easier to 'tank' windows...

And there certainly ARE NOT as many ways to crash Linux, simply because most Linux users don't have root (admin) privileges...Most XP users do day-to-day work using administrative accounts... And most Linux distros aren't configured to have a password-less admin account configured by default (I'm not going to bother listing other reasons, as we can argue OS design philosophies for eons...)

(Incidentally, I don't agree with any of your other criticisms of Linux...but who cares? You're entitled to your opinion. And guess what? I use both OS's...)
Goodhart gmoon8 years ago
I found the following audio stream in QuickTime from the LastHope conference on Advanced Memory Forensics ( including the Unix / Linux / Mac machines )

This is a MUST listen to, if you feel SAFE with a Mac, Linux or any machine
gmoon Goodhart8 years ago
I'll have to check that out, thanks. Sounds rather ominous... ;-)
Goodhart gmoon8 years ago
it is a bit long, but well worth the time (it gets quite techy too, so you are forwarned ;-)
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