A month ago I got my hands on the RTM DVD of Windows Vista and took the plunge. I installed Vista Ultimate on my production IBM Thinkpad T42p; 80GB HDD, 2GB RAM. I integrated this copy of Vista into my home lab Active Directory environment.
Up front - I'm posting this for 'FYI' and general interest. I know that there are several components of the Novell portfolio (Client, ZENworks) that are not in beta yet. I am not looking for comments on these.
Written at: Draper, UT
Comparing 'like with like' - how does SLED 10 compare with Vista?
SLED 10 seems a lot more responsive and the desktop effects in SLED really grow on you. The non-privileged user on SLED 10 also gets to work pretty well too; obviously this is a native part of the security model. Vista is just so 'in your face' and intrusive. Microsoft haven't got that part right yet. I'm down to a handful of applications that require Windows; but I'm working on those.
So back to Vista: currently here is what I've got running, as well as a list of applications that are working for me:
- Windows Vista Ultimate
- Office 2007
- Firefox 2.0
- Novell GroupWise 7
- Open Office 2 Novell Edition
- TextPad 4.7.3
- Adobe Creative Suite 2
- iTunes 7.0.2
- Microsoft Windows Live Writer
- WinISO 4.3
- WinZIP 9 SR1
- BulletProof FTP Client 2.59
- Symantec Anti Virus 10.2
- Freemind 0.8
- Nero 7 Ultra Edition
- Collanos Workplace 18.104.22.168
- Apple Airport Admin 4.2
- GAIM 2 beta 5
- Skype 2.5
The only applications I'm having trouble with so far are
- Nortel Contivity VPN client
- VMware Workstation (Vista as host)
I found a couple of defects; Microsoft worked with me and got a fix for one:
The most annoying thing was the User Account Control - every action required confirmation. I'm a domain admin and local admin on the box; my own fault if I do something foolish. I turned off all of the UAC features within a few hours - just too in your face.
Next steps are to find the Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad tools for some of the key mappings; not essential. Also have another hack at the VPN client.
Usual disclaimer - some of the apps listed are not 'supported'. In fact I'm probably the only person testing Collanos Workplace on Vista ;)