reports that the wait is almost over for the Windows Vista operating system. While Microsoft would have one believe that the world will be turned upside down with this release, some critics don't agree. One critic for the Wall Street Journal called Vista "worthy, largely unexciting." However, Slate's Paul Boutin disagrees with both opinions. He argues that a quality operating system shouldn't be centered on excitement. Rather, "like government," it should protect against intruders, stay up and running, avoid ugly surprises, and mostly stay out of the way. According to Boutin, when judged against these...

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