Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Next Build Always Good...

...but the one on the computer never runs well enough. Testers of Microsoft's latest operating system say the next build... better be good.
While the exact Vista release date is fluid, the facts are not--this cut of Vista needs to be more solid than a year's worth of previous builds from Microsoft. Even the most recent Vista builds, including two interim CTPs delivered during the past couple of months to the company's squad of elite beta testers, known as Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners, have suffered from a variety of performance and compatibility problems, according to interviews with eight testers. "There's too much variation in performance from one build to another," said Brandon LeBlanc... "The changes they are continuing to make at this stage disrupt performance too much. You'd imagine they would have gotten past this stage by Beta 2."
You would imagine that unless you were familiar with the company and their products. But, honestly, the XP box I have at work hasn't crashed in two months. On the other hand, I haven't actually run any programs on it other than streaming radio since November 2005. Unfortunately, it looks as though I'll be out of luck attempting even this "AM Radio Replacement" functionality on Vista:
"Beta 2 needs to make sure its networking is nailed down," said the Vista tester and operator of the WinCustomize Windows community site. "The betas of Windows Vista have had atrocious issues with networking being reliable. Without the basic features of a modern OS working, people won't run it and that will mean a lot less feedback."
If the "basic features of a modern OS" are not working, then presumably it will run on a Pentium I that has no modem or ethernet, right? Not exactly:
"Windows Vista uses considerably more memory than Windows XP -- about twice as much and there is not much reason to think this amount will significantly change by release. Realistically, until 64-bit machines become the norm, the two gigabyte limit is going to be a problem," [Stardock CEO Brad Wardell] said.
Sometime after the "fluid" release date flows by, you can go buy a 64-bit computer with eight gigabytes of memory, load this on, and thrill to an unstable, slow system incapable of networking or other basic activities. Be still my beating heart! But I'm sure Fiji will just be the bee's knees. I bet it could even use an EGA monitor (provided only 2 GB of video RAM and 16 GB of main memory). The next version will be good! Really!

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