I don't know how many of you remember Windows Millenium (Windows ME). It was also garbage. It was a transition between Windows 98 and Windows 2000. Windows 2000 was solid. Windows ME was nonsense.
Windows ME -> Windows 2000
Windows Vista -> Windows 7
So there's a light at the end of the tunnel, right? Sure. Windows 7 is solid. The few builds I ran during the open beta were quick, responsive, stable, etc. In fact, I could probably use it right now and not have any problems.
But here's the rub: Are we going to allow Microsoft to repeat this behavior over and over. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice....? I was fooled along with the rest of the world by Windows ME. I was fooled by Vista.
I will not purchase Windows 7. Never. I don't care if it's the most robust, stable, quick, low profile OS ever created. I won't buy it simply because it's the Windows that should've been Vista. Microsoft isn't getting any more of my money until they start responding to what consumers want with a quality product instead of telling consumers what they want and delivering a shoddy, incomplete product.
That's it. I urge you to do the same. Boycott Microsoft. If you purchased Vista, refuse to buy Windows 7. Your dollars speak louder than your voice. Make your voice heard. I also urge you to do the same with any company that is not delivering the service or products that they promise.
For fuck sake, I can't even delete empty folders in Vista without resorting to tweaks and tricks. That's today. Yesterday was fine. The day before Vista was dropping file transfers over the network without any kind of error message. Also today: Explorer (My Computer) will not refresh its view. It will not start any program I click or run from command line. In fact, it wouldn't even reboot. All this without a single error message.
Vista is great if you check your email and that's about it. It's an email platform that requires DirectX 10, at least 2GB of RAM, and at least a dual core CPU to operate.