A shot heard round the world. Yahoo carries news of open revolt by the PC industry against Vista and Microsoft:
Acer president Gianfranco Lanci today became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attackMicrosoft over the Windows Vista operating system.
... "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said. Despite the long wait between Windows XP and Vista, the latest operating system still lacks maturity, he said. "Stability is certainly a problem," he said.
Users are voting with their feet, Lanci said, so that the Vista launch has had the smallest impact on PC sales of any version of Windows in the history of PC manufacturing. He added the situation didn't look likely to change in the next six months.
Microsoft's planned response: Push Vista down your throat even harder!
Michael Cherry, analyst with Directions at Microsoft,
... It's possible, Cherry added, that Microsoft might find itself forced to recognise more reality in the future. "At some point, they might have to consider [further] limiting the availability of XP," to push people to Vista.
This is the best response free software advocates could have hoped for. The monopoly is failing.
- Dell is pleased and ships more GNU/Linux. As predicted Dell is putting pressure on suppliers for drivers.
- M$ growth is lackluster, despite OS and Office release. The upgrade train is out of steam.
- M$ is trying to play the bugs off as fixed. Fat chance.
- Acer moves to free software, the other shoe has hit the floor.
See the Vista Failure Log for the rest of the industry revolt.