So I installed the latest and greatest from Microsoft, the most recent developer's build of Windows Vista (to be released this year, so they claim). It sucks. If you took windows xp you currently have, added some fancy transparency and shadows (that linux users and mac users could enjoy for a while now and also requires accelerated video hardware to not suck) and then add faster searching ability (that only works on your home folder, we even told it specifically to allow searching of other folders, and it failed to find anything in them) you'll pretty much get windows vista. Only thing I did like was that whenever I ran an installer for some application, I got pop-up notices from windows alerting me to the installer's attempt at adding itself to the list of thigns to run on start-up and whatnot. Now the average windows user wouldn't know what the heck it meant, but those of us who know what it means know that being able to tell it not to let it add itself to the startup list while you're installing the software is a happy thing. I didn't test any games other than the fancy version of minesweeper, hearts, and spider solitare packaged with Vista, so I'm not sure how annoying the extra security settings would be when trying to play popular games ( kind of like xp installs using Norton's internet security that makes people want to punch through walls).
So don't buy it. Unless you have to. Or you'll cry later.
So now that I had all the fun (or lack of fun) I wanted with windows vista, I then proceeded to get it the heck off my system. This meant booting back into my wonderful gentoo linux installl and telling it to promptly write random data (which would probably function better as an operating system than windows) all over the hard drive that vista was installed on. Hours later, the 45G's I had given to vista to play with was completely overwritten, with no vista remaining. :)