16GB on an old release of a pre-beta build of an OS that isn't even released yet? WHAT IS WRONG WITH MICROSOFT. My Win7 install is right around 10GB. If it's still that size when the final build is released, I guess you can complain.
Apple built OSX from scratch, sure. Then they patched it.188.8.131.52.5.6, and all of the releases in between. And charges a pile of money to get the patches.
On a similar note, Mocrosoft does rebuild it's OS but keeps the same kernel (NT-XP-Vista). And all of the patches (Read: Service packs, which are really on par with OSX Point releases) are free.
I have no qualms with Linux and triple-boot my main machine with it. I use Offuce 2007 and Digsby and other programs that I wholly prefer over their OSS counterparts, so Linux just isn't as good of an option as a custom Vista install. Plus, I'm just more productive all-around in Windows than I am in Linux.
And here's why SSD's are good for desktops:
Lower energy consumption
Faster than any physical drive you can get for a desktop
Less heat to dissipate
Good job. SSD's belong everywhere. Well, except for heavy I/O tasks.
Sounds like you never used Vista. Or you only used it when nobody made drivers for it--which wasn't Vista sucking, it was vendors not making new drivers that sucked.
Every single person I know that actually uses Vista (Read: Didn't use it for five minutes and then switch back) loves it. More stable than XP, much better looking, and just a tad slower; though, the ability to drop in more RAM more than makes up for that. Also DX10/11.