Avoid Windows Vista anti-piracy shenanigans by using BSD, OpenSolaris or Linux.

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| So when it comes down to it, it really just doesn’t make much sense why any
| person or organization would subject themselves to Windows Vista. The
| benefits just aren’t there, and the dangers appear to be many. And what’s
| more, there are free alternatives out there that can perform the same tasks
| just as well, if not better. It’s really a no-brainer: Linux, OpenSolaris
| and/or BSD is the way to go!
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http://pinderkent.blogsavy.com/archives/129

Dell selling "Vista Premium Downgrade"

http://www.superjason.com/archive/20...gradequot.aspx


Related:

Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
|
| [...]
|
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.
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http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/04/...ubts.on.vista/


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
|
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
|
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.
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http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/...SS&NewsID=9579


Acer: Vista Home Basic is a lemon

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| Microsoft is effectively smuggling through a price hike for Windows
| Vista - by making the entry-level version so poor that no-one will
| want to use it. So says Jim Wong, senior veep at Acer, the world's
| number four PC maker, who told UK hack Jon Honeyball: "The new
| [Vista] experience you hear of, if you get Basic, you won't feel
| it at all. There's no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no
| remote control."
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10...ta_home_basic/