Okay if you think Vista will be the downfall of M$ then apparently you dont remember ME. Which is by far the worst OS ever written.
Vista is better on a lot of things than XP. I have used it for over a year now the past 6 months as my Main OS.
As far as your hardware arguement think back to those of us that were running 98 on 64MB of RAM and XP recommended 256MB. So asking for 1GB isnt that far off from the jump from 98 to XP.
Let alone what dx10 is gonna offer on the grounds of games and images. Your artile why Vista will suck...well plain and simple it comes from Linux backers. Naturally they are gonna say it sucks. Not like someone who codes Linux Distros will give props to M$.
There is no key issues at all with the bundled software. I run RTM. Build 6.0.6000.16386 which is going to be released come Jan. I was a Tester and got a copy early. I have yet to find any software "Bundled" that doesnt work with it. there are a few apps that are 3rd party that dont work. But far less than when Vista was in Beta stages.
So i have to fully disagree with your statement vernong. I have used PC's for longer than you have been around. Vista is by far one of the Best OS's that i have used. Not even for the Glass which i turn off.
So when you want to have a real discussion about the benefits of running Vista...come talk to me then.