Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Windows Vista Hardware Requirements

Microsoft recently published the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista. The specifications can be found here.

While it may be true the amount of processing power a dollar buys today may be greater than, say, a year ago, not everyone--consumers and corporate accounts alike--has the disposable income needed to get the latest and greatest hardware just to run an operating system. It hurts even more when the hardware considered obsolete by Vista's standards is otherwise perfectly fine and operational.

After reading the requirements for Vista, many frustrated users will want to check out their alternatives before plunking down a huge chunk of change for a [currently] state-of-the-art PC whose operating system's developer will consider it as useful as a doorstop within a couple of years or so.

Among other things, Linux is known for its ability to run on not-so-state-of-the-art PCs. To paraphrase the old adage, "one OS's trash is another OS's treasure." For reference, here are links to hardware requirements of four Linux distros so you can compare them yourself to those of Vista. Of course, there are many more distros out there, but these specs will give you an idea of what can you do with certain hardware:
NOTE: We tried obtaining hardware requirements for the new SUSE 10 Linux, but were unavailable at "press time."


Blogger bare bones said...

Very good post, informative and thorough.

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