Originally Posted by Gollie
This is more than a downside. This is more like cost increasing stupidity. Why you would want to train users to use a different operating system just to save a few dollars on slightly more powerful hardware. If you have the power to run Vista, it is quite nice. The transition is so much better than the last time (Win 98 > Win2000 > Win Millenium > Xp > Sp1, 2, 3). That was painful... If you purchased a computer during one of those phases you could get caught with a terrible
OS. Microsoft learned a lot from that previous fiasco but people with short memory's complain about anything.
It's not like the applications that are coming out are any less hardware intensive. Ultimately you will have to upgrade.
You must not have read the full post. Security restrictions at the customers (and their customers) site prevent them from using vista due to the OS's random connection attempts. Not the hardware. Due to no response from M$ on this issue they are taking another path.
They have a business to run and are regulated by the government concerning the outbound and inbound communications of their devices. Everything was fine until they upgraded certain workstations to Vista x64. The next day the network security folks physically disconnected those machines from the network and refused to allow them to be connected again until the problem was fixed. They determined it was Vista's internals trying to communicate with a system outside of the network and M$ refuses to tell them what it is or even confirm that it is happening.
Oh and they will not have to re-train any users, since the program interface is the same.