Originally Posted by Licht
I use Vista every day and love it, would never use any other operating system in my own rig. I don't know what you have against Vista but i think were on the same page when we talk about subscriptions. Microsoft tried to move subscriptions into online PC play with Windows LIVE! (although still offering free play.) I myself see that as pretty much a failure since the only people i see with gold accounts are buying it for the 360.
I used Vista Ultimate for about a month. I had your run of the mill minor windows issues - Punkbuster, minor crash here and there, but nothing that I'm not used to from Windows. That's why I'm leaving the platform. I'm tired of being used to these things.
In addition I saw no benefit from DX10, and as such XP does everything that I need since DX9 performance is better. Also to be fair, superfetch was the first thing that I disabled and my copy was the 32bit version, as I couldn't go higher than my 2GB to ram to make superfetch worthwhile. I've said from the beginning that anyone upgrading to Vista should go with the x64 version, and that's part of the reason why. The UAC also annoys the crap out of me - Ubuntu doesn't bother me every 15 seconds, because in order to break the system I have to relogin with root level access.
Ubuntu has it's own issues. Not sure that I like gnome; the install disk automatically set up the network, which means that if it breaks I don't have a clue how to fix it. I can't get the realtek sound drivers to install, although I did get the Nvidia ones to after googling some basic terminal commands - it's like rediscovering DOS. I need to get an updated copy of Idiots Guide to Linux. And finally, of course WINE is inferior to XP for gaming. So is Cedega. But both are MUCH better than when I first started looking at Linux in 2003, and they are both being improved on every day. And just maybe, the more of us leave that Windows, the more game devs will start to look at open standard APIs, and then the need for a directX compatibility layer will slowly die out.