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Well, if you want to know all the stuff that's good/bad about Vista, I'd probably have to post 5-10% of the whole internet here.
In a nutshell:
Drivers: If you look for, and find, the drivers you'll need, before you buy Vista, you won't have any problems not being able to find drivers after you install Vista.
Software: If you look for, and find, the software you'll need, before you buy Vista, you won't have any problems not being able to find your software after you install Vista.
The Vista Upgrade Advisor will help with the above:
Vista is a little slower than XP, but it also has a lot of features that XP doesn't.
Vista uses more memory than XP: When you look at memory usage in Vista, it's huge, but that really doesn't tell the whole story. Vista mostly uses this extra memory to preload stuff it thinks you are going to need. It will release this memory as soon as it's needed by something else though.
Other than those major points, the user interface is different and takes some time to get used to, just like Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows XP did.
The thing that turns off most people is the added security "features" in Vista. They can be maddening at times. Such as "Why do I have to give myself permission to look at a file I saved just 10 minutes ago?". All that security stuf can be manages and set up as you want it. It just takes time and effort, as with learning anything new.
My advice is to dual boot Vista and whatever you are using now. That way yoy can have something comfortable, and familiar while you master the intricacies of Vista.