VK writes about her travails with Vista. Apparently corporate IT has the same misgivings. A survey by King Research indicates that a large percentage of IT professionals are worried that migrating to Vista will reduce stability and add too much complexity into their computing environments. 90% of the 961 professionals surveyed said they had concerns about migrating and more than half said they had no plans to deploy Vista at this time. The researchers also found that 44% of those interviewed have considered non-Windows operating systems in order to avoid migrating to Vista.
Now, I am not an OS bigot. I was fortunate to cut my computing/networking teeth with an organization which stressed finding the right tool to get the job done. Consequently, I've had my hands on any number of technologies. They all had their strengths and weaknesses.
I absolutely loved OS/2. It's a shame that IBM had no clue how to market it or they could've given Microsoft a run for the desktop. Much in the same way that Novell gave away the network by trying to be all things to all people instead of concentrating what they did best, IBM ceded the corporate desktop to Microsoft.
But then IBM has a history of bungling good technology. Witness the ascendancy of ethernet as the network topology of choice. Truth be told, token-ring was superior to ethernet, but IBM made it so bloody difficult and expensive to implement that ethernet won by default. Sort of like VHS and Betamax in the early days of VCRs. Betamax was actually superior to VHS but cost and saturation in the marketplace allowed VHS to become the standard.
I ran Vista RC2 on an IBM ThinkPad with 2 GB of RAM and it performed adequately. There were some issues with certain Cisco network appliances which would be a huge problem if my organization deployed Vista now. It's got a pretty user interface but nothing that makes me want to migrate anytime soon.