Yesterday, I gave my thoughts on the Acer controvesy, seems I am not the only who is also experiencing grogginess with Vista on their Acer systems. Matt Mondok over at Arstechnica shares his experience:
"While Acer will probably continue to blame Microsoft for its problems until Windows 7 arrives, I must admit that I, like many others, have not had good luck with Acer machines. Two months ago, I experienced my first and hopefully last taste of Vista on an Acer. I’ve worked on spyware-infested Windows ME machines that were more responsive than this brand new, Vista-Home-Basic-enabled Acer. From boot, the machine was ridiculously slow to the point that it was unusable. Sure, part of the blame could have been placed on Vista, but similar machines from Dell and HP ran just fine."
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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.
Despite the long wait between Windows XP and Vista, the latest operating system still lacks maturity, he said. "Stability is certainly a problem," he said.
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My say: I am not an industry analyst, but how does Acer know that the entire industry is disappointed in Windows Vista? Are they selling HP, Dell and Lenovo systems too? As for buggy, I am done blaming Vista, its device drivers developed by the hardware developers thats giving the OS a bad rap. I have been using Acer’s Ferrari 5000 notebook since January and I have experienced a number glitches and performance issuess none of which my brother have experienced on his Dell Inspiron running Vista x86. I just believe a lot of the issues faced by these same hardware developers is simply because Microsoft has raised the quality bar higher with Vista through the WHQL: better driver signing, required for Vista (x64) putting an end to the free for all kernel mode drivers that affected a systems stability if the driver was not written properly, User Account Control is another improvement in Vista I notice is affecting developers when it comes to device drivers, they simply need to improve their drivers to operate properly with the user priviliedges.
Windows Vista‘s share of online users has increased every month this year, while rival Mac OS X — to which Vista has often been compared — has shown little, if any, growth, a metrics company reports.
According to Net Applications, in June Windows Vista accounted for 4.52% of all systems that browsed the Web, up from January’s 0.18%. Vista has grown its usage share each month since its release to consumers Jan. 30, hitting 0.93% in February, 2.04% in March, 3.02% in April and 3.74% in May. Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X, meanwhile, accounted for 6.22% in January and hit its high point of 6.46% in May, but it slipped back to 6% in June.
If Vista’s uptake trend continues, it should pass Mac OS X in Web usage share by the end of August.
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