I have been running Vista Ultima in beta and now RC1 and there is something that doesn't seam to be getting discussed in all that much detail, but I believe this is something that could have quite a large impact on both computer manufacturing and software distribution.
Microsoft Windows Vista uses a scoring system to assign a value to your computers performance. The value is called a "base score" and is determined by a number of factors. memory, CPU and disk speed are a few. Your base score is determined by the lowest value obtained from all tested items. So for example...
Gaming Graphics 3.6
Primary hard disk 5.2
Base score = 3.0
Microsoft claim that this scoring system will enable you to confidently buy software that meets your base score. In many ways this could be leading to a replacement of the now standard "minimum specifications" that we read on the back of software boxes. This could in theory be replaced by...
"requires Vista base score 2.1"
This makes me wonder if software companies may start producing different versions of software to ensure their product is open to as many users as possible. Maybe offering a stripped down version for users with a lower base score.
I can't help but think Vista is going to change the computing market. The OS seams to be very resource hungry. I wonder if this will make the cost of computers increase, or if it will push the price of components down. To run Vista really well, you will realistically need 2 gig + of ram and a high end CPU.
I currently have 1.5 gig ran 3200 cpu and 250 gig hd and my base score was only 3.1
I guess Vista is going to make things interesting.