I’ve read the last article bashing Vista. I think the problem is that Vista was judged before it came out based on reviews of beta/RC1. Guess what Beta means??? It’s not done morons! It seems like people bash Microsoft because it’s en vogue.
Regarding hardware requirements, I have an HP Pavilion Laptop from 2005 (1GB of RAM) that can run Vista just fine…no it doesn’t support Aero, but I wouldn’t expect a piece of 3 year old equipment to…(BTW the hardware is theoretically capable of it, Intel just refuses to release a WDDM driver for the onboard graphics card). On the other hand, my mom has a Sony Vaio that she bought back in 2003 (it was definitely top of the line back then). I bought her an upgraded video card (AGP) for under $100 and it gets a 3.5 Vista Rating.
So the BS that people give about it having hardware issues is just that…BS. Try running the latest MacOS on a Mac you bought back in 03.
We go through the same thing every time Microsoft does a major upgrade to their kernel. OMG Windows 95 requires 16 MB of RAM! It won’t run on my 286 clunker from 1990! OMG Windows XP requires 256 MB of RAM it won’t run on my 100 MHz Pentium from 1995. Here we go again with Vista…get over it and either pony up the cash for an upgrade or STFU! If you’re happy with XP, no one is forcing you to upgrade.