The Free Software Foundation has launched the Bad Vista campaign, to help spread awareness about the fact that Vista is really about taking things away from you… not helping you out. If you’re not familiar with the story behind Vista, please read this introduction. For a detailed litany of the problems, see Peter Gutmann’s recent analysis.
Because Vista annoys me so much, I have installed Ubuntu Linux on my desktop machine. Braid will be ported and released on Ubuntu, and another upcoming project of mine is being co-developed on Ubuntu. It is really a quite usable operating system in most respects and I recommend trying it out. (You can download and burn a bootable Live CD that will let you try out the Ubuntu desktop experience without installing anything on your hard drive. Why not give it a shot?)
Microsoft’s marketing department is working hard to position Vista as some kind of panacea that will bring you the future of gaming, a great thing for developers and players alike. Well, you can mark me down as a developer who does not believe that to be true at all. Alex St John (another developer) recently wrote an article criticizing Vista as well. His angle is more about game deployment and accessibility than user rights and freedoms; but it shows yet another way that Vista is about restriction, rather than benefit.