I have a relatively new macbook pro. Also a HP laptop. And a desktop PC.
I work as a senior IT engineer at a multi billion dollar company, part of what I do deals with more and more XP -> Vista migrations by using Altiris.
I could write a huge essay on Vista, but Im going to be brief
1. Vista + Underspecced PC = Horrible
2. Vista + SP1 + Grunty Machine = Fantastic.
I run Vista on my macbook pro and I can say it runs fantastic. Shock Horror - it's actually more stable than MacOS 10.5. The biggest issue with Vista is that it takes a lot of out of the box configuration to get it to a state that is user friendly.
My girlfriend runs it on a PoS underspecced Toshiba laptop, like so many other people I imagine, and it runs terrible. Everyone likes to harp on about RAM, but I found anything with a bad video card actually, which is 90% of computers and laptops out there, really struggle with vista. Disabling the visual theme and giving it a basic look actually improves the Vista experience significantly.
Regarding the whole Linux debate raging on earlier, let me just say ease of use (out of the box) Linux distributions such as SME are starting to be a real threat to SBS and are having a big impact for such things as plug and play firewall/routers/whatever for the SME market. Ease of use Linux as a desktop is still far away, but I wouldn't count it out, however why go to all that trouble when you can just get a mac which is effectively just that.
Edited by DaveDash, 10 July 2008 - 0127 AM.