Not everyone is as impressed. Bruce Perens, a Berkeley, Calif., Linux developer, argues that Vista's security-conscious intrusiveness alone is reason enough for users - especially those into video, music and program Internet file sharing - to think twice about staying with a Microsoft OS.
"Unlike Microsoft's previous operating systems, the main thrust of Vista is not to provide more functionality for customers, but to . . . impose pervasive digital-rights management," he said.
Along with its support for high-definition video content, Vista has launched HDCP, or High-Definition Copy Protection. The technology encrypts the digital signal from its source, foiling capture and copying.
"It is enforced throughout the system. You are the person not to be trusted," Perens complains. "It's a digital ball and chain to make sure you don't do anything the people who make music and movies don't like."