But again, the experience was mostly fine. Having used Ubuntu for
the best part of a year, I'm a fan. I can (and will) go into the
bipolar experience thereof - but for every ounce of frustration
in trying to track down the answer to a problem through the
jungle of forums and dubious advice, there's half a pound of
pleasure when I can just install an application that does
something I want done.
Which leaves my Vista machine. This is a Sony laptop that I've
borrowed from the review pile while my lovely Dell X1 is up on
bricks, and it's been my first serious encounter with the OS. And
it's not been a good experience. There are plenty of specific
problems that may be Vista or may be Sony. The wireless
networking is vastly unreliable when switching between different
access points, for example, and I've traced this down to a habit
it has of creating new profiles and populating them with
incorrect DNS addresses.
But mostly: it's slow, it's intrusive, and it's arbitrarily
different. It takes minutes to wake up from various sleep states
or from a restart; minutes in which parts of the system seem to
get going only to lapse into an unresponsive state where you're
not at all sure whether your mouse clicks are registering. When
you're going through a lot of restarts (as in, say, when you're
trying to diagnose a wireless network problem), that adds up to a
lot of pain.
Elsewhere, it behaves like XP behaves on a 256MB computer, only
it's running in 2GB. Everything is just... slow.