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PC Mag chief editor tires of Windows Vista

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Fri August 17, 2007

PC Mag chief, Vista

PC Magazine editor-in-chief Jim Louderback today chose to express his frustration with Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system as he passed down the publication's leadership to his successor, Lance Ulanoff. Louderback said he is tired of Vista's broken features, and that he may even switch to Linux moving forward. "The litany of what doesn't work and what still frustrates me stretches on endlessly," Louderback wrote. The former editor-in-chief, who is assuming a position as CEO of a company called Revision3 to experience a change in scenery, lists numerous buggy features in Vista which include sleep mode, unreliable networking, and general slugishness when compared to the older Windows XP in many areas.

"I could go on and on about the lack of drivers, the bizarre wake-up rituals, the strange and nonreproducible system quirks, and more. But I won't bore you with the details," Louderback said.

"The upshot is that even after nine months, Vista just ain't cutting it. I definitely gave Microsoft too much of a free pass on this operating system: I expected it to get the kinks worked out more quickly. Boy, was I fooled! If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."

by MacNN Staff





  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Linux ain't the answer

    But it's nice to see a "name" in the PC world who sees Vista for the piece of s*** that it is...and isn't afraid to tell the world.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He clearly frustrated, but STILL not thinking straight. Either that or can't get past his bigotry...not a unique problem.

  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fire or frying pan?

    He is moving to linux for driver reasons? You have got to be kidding me. This punches his credibility right in the nuts.

  1. ecrelin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yuk yuk…

    someday Rip van Winkle, someday, at least, as they say, understanding that you have a problem is half way to solving it. the coffee is brewing dude… has been for years, no worries, we can wait or go on without you. ta ta…

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if he likes XP so much more, than he can simply continue using XP. I don't see where moving to linux is anything but an attempt to stir up some controversy.

  1. iChick

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Closet Mac User

    He just can't admit it publicly.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I feel so sorry for him?

    I wonder if he raved about Vista at its release or if he thought it was really buggy and told the world what he thought? Now that he is no longer a paid promoter of Windows (It's PC mag right) the truth can come out. Well of the suckers that read your magazine and probably bought a new PC loaded with Vista would love to send you a big fat thank you for your honesty.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    of course...

    ...moving to Linux will solve his problems? Hardly.

    Funny he doesn't even mention Mac OS X -- oh, wait, that would be admitting he may have been wrong.


  1. alansky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Either or...

    "He clearly frustrated, but STILL not thinking straight. Either that or can't get past his bigotry...not a unique problem." —mgpalma

    Congratulations on making a statement so incredibly stupid that I can't resist replying even though I know it may have been written specifically for the purpose of provoking an indignant response.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    as a desktop, he will be even more frustrated with Linux.

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