You are correct though, a small group of people label Vista a bad thing and suddenly "everyone" thinks its terrible. It happened with XP, it's happening with Vista and it will surely happen with Microsofts next release.
That's it exactly, you get a small group of sooth sayers - prophets of doom declaring an OS to be unstable, unreliable and a resource hog...total crap, even, and the next thing you know, the whole world has become an OS critic/expert and despises it as well.
I'm still coming across ignorant people who have never seen Vista in action, much less tried it, and it never ceases to amaze me just how knowledgeable they are about something I've been happily using for over a year.
Yeah, the story often goes something like this: "Vista! You wouldn't get me using Vista. I have a friend whose cousin works with somebody whose brother lives with a woman whose sister is married to a company director whose sister works at a newspaper that gave Vista a bad rap and called it crap. Nah, you won't get me trying it."
What's it called when influential figures, medicos and politicians tell us something is bad/no good/dangerous....ah, yes...the politics of fear.
auto manufacturers are constantly recalling parts etc. due to MFG defects
Yes, it happens in items that are made to the same exacting standards and designs, whereas the Windows OS has many variables and unknown factors to be so precise or exacting in every instance.
A Windows OS has a vast array of hardware configurations to contend with, not to mention multitudes of very different users with varying wants, needs and software configurations, and in many cases the only way to discover/address all the bugs and quirks is to release it into the wild and work on the returning data/bug reports.
Whoever said up there that Vista is more stable than XP needs to be checked into a mental hospital. It's not.
Um, Kona, that was me! I'm getting fitted for my strait jacket on Thursday...expect the bill in the mail next week sometime.
Oh, and my observation of Vista vs XP is not supposition. I dual boot Vista & XP on exactly the same harware with identical software configurations, and Vista boots faster, runs everything more efficiently and has never crashed from a software/OS fault ....just a hardware issue, a graphics card which has been replaced and Vista runs as smoothly as ever before.
XP, on the other hand, occasionally freezes, has software lock-ups and meets with 'unexpected' errors that shut it down....all on the same box as Vista. I know of people (some of them here at WC) who have similar experiences to me, so I'm inclined to believe mine is not an isolated instance and that Vista is more than OK.