Recently i saw this article in the news.
Sad part is that it is mostly true because of the simple fact that Redmond has a Monopoly and massive bargaining power resulting in most good new laptops being hardwired for Vista without leaving the customer a scope for a downgrade to good old xp.
Worse is that most people i know have been traumatized or had horrid experiences with Vista. Vista is a junkpile and MS knows it, no wonder they are planning to launch Midora ( most likely inspired by kde )(which has been fully supported by Nokia – the largest mobile manuf. co in the world )
My friend bought a Toshiba laptop from the US and strangely he could not find any laptop that offered xp or even allowed a customer to downgrade to xp. Sadly he can neither downgrade or format the PC to accept Xp without using a roundabout method that includes procuring a portable floppy drive having hdd drivers to circumvent the lack of drivers. The question here is why is toshiba giving its customers so much unnecessary pain when there are no benefits from this stupidity ? Tell me – is this not a dirty Redmond push tactic ?
That guy is so pissed that more than 2/3 or his ram (2gb) gets gobbled up by vista that he makes vain attempts of trying different versions of vista just so that his machine works faster. Overall this will lead to more customer dissatisfaction and loss of sales as the more savvy user will prefer procuring a cheaper laptop or an alternative.