I'm running Windows Vista for about one week now. Some people already noticed this when I blogged about the Unreal Tournament 2003 demo
. ;) I've not really used Vista and the new machine for 'real' work - aka programming C++ - yet, but used it for websites updates, mail writing, gaming, customer management, testing and similar already, and so I think it is time for a short review:
I've read and heart a lot of rants and negative reviews about Windows Vista before I actually used it myself, so I was expecting the worst, but actually I am pleasantly surprised: Windows Vista is not that bad:
- Booting time and performance is quite ok: It is up and running after about 5 seconds already, and the programs are very fast and responsive. It is running on a 'high end' PC now - ok - so it is a bit difficult to estimate. I'm going to install XP later on another partition and try it out in comparison.
- The new window manager - Aero is really not that great. It looks very poor in comparison to MacOSX and does not feel very tidied up. Transparent windows ok - but because of all the sudden new senseless colors you get distracted a lot. Additionally it sucks a lot of CPU time - you can watch this in the task manager. And additionally: It is not backwards compatible: For example using D3D mixed with GDI calls doesn't work anymore - irrEdit is doing this in its texture window and this window simply is blank when Aero is enabled in Vista. Going to fix this soon, btw.
- The new Exlporer and File->Open dialogs (stolen from Gnome, IMO) are strange and confusing in the beginning. But I think after a short time of familiarisation, they might be useful. That short time seems to have to be longer than one week, obviously.
- Security: It feels safer, and the approval dialogs are not that annoying as everybody says. IMO they are a good idea. Unfortunately, some things silently don't work anymore, for example downloaded .chm files which come with irrKlang and Irrlicht won't work anymore. You have to right-click them and unblock them in the properties dialog first. An option you won't find if you don't know it is there.
- DX10: Looks great (detailed blog post later). But currently I am lacking of comparison to DX9. ;)
So, I'm going to blog about Vista some weeks later again, when I gathered more experience with it.