for example, for 300 bucks you could buy a pc that does internet/email, office stuff, runs 80% of the software out there, and runs 25% of the . this completely wont be possible with vista, its gonna suck up alot of hardware power, and to get a "really fast" system, i'm guessing you would need to spend over $1500. for less than half, i could build a system, that would play doom 3 pretty much ok, not cranked up graphics, but playable on low quality. this is really gonna suck for cheap-skates.
also, lets talk about compatability. first of all is this 64-bit or 32-bit, or both? i cant find out anywhere. and if its 64, will it run 32-bit programs, and will it run even older programs for 98? and will it run 16-bit dos programs, i think it should for all the crap their putting in it they should at least give you that. also, 10 years ago i was nothing with computers, i was an ok user with 3.1 and 95, but 98, me, 2000 and xp turned me into a geek , because they were easy to use, and not just userfriendly, but expert friendly, it was easy to be a master, and learn advanced features. i get this feelling with vista, we will all be stupid, unless we spend 24/7 learning and cooperating, and pulling our hair out with vista. i'm a fan of minamalist, cheap, and easy to use things, i'm not the kind of person to hike twice the lenght for a better view.
in my opinion the ideal os would be as easy to use as mac osx, the simple (small iconed) look of windows 98, as powerfull as linux, and it just has to work all for a reasonable price
thank you for listening to my rambling on windows vista. and if i have spoken wrongly correct me.