Instead of making software more easy to use, most companies will only be adding new features because features are great selling factors.
What used to be called an Operation System can now be called a Suite of Tools. It includes all sorts of image, audio and video editing tools.
And for all of you doing audio and video, we’re not only interested in an OS which is easy to use, we also need an OS which focuses on processing power rather than on other things. What we want is a slim and optimized OS, right?
Microsoft’s new OS, Vista might be cool, but the stuff I have read about it doesn’t sound interesting to me. Two things
- the driver model has changed (again)
- too much focus on fancy looks
I don’t need fancy looks. I don’t use the themes in XP. They are using more memory and CPU cycles. And I don’t like the way they look. XP and also Vista looks worse to me than Apple’s OSX.
But let’s get back to the sound issues. For example check out this Scobleizer blogpost (why did Microsoft make the mistake to offer system sounds in 22kHz? that seriously annoys ANY audio en video engineer because soundcards need to switch sample-rates for just the playback of a mouse-click or playing a welcome sound…!!!)
Ernst Nathorst-Böös, CEO of Propellerhead Software, posted something interesting about the new driver model of Vista on his personal blog today which also points to a few interesting articles about sound in Vista.
But let’s go back to what I mentioned above, an OS should be slim and optimized. At the moment I am using XP without a lot of unneeded applications, thanks to XPlite. The cool thing is that when using XPlite, XP becomes a modular system, so it’s easy to totally change the configuration/setup of XP. Why didn’t Microsoft think about this? Why didn’t they make a flexible system which can be easily optimized for audio and video instead of making this we-can-do-it-all-OS?
Microsoft has attacked Linux in the past. Linux is a modular system and one which is far more flexible than Windows. So why didn’t Microsoft adapt these ideas and put them into Vista? Is XP is a we-can-do-it-all-OS, Vista is a we-can-do-it-all-and-much-more-OS.
XP + XPlite is the best OS for me at the moment. And maybe for the next couple of years to come.