So, it was time to re-build my laptop -- 4 months of cruft gets in the way and really slows things down. And since the company I work for has an Microsoft Enterprise License that includes Vista, I took the plunge.
So far, it's ok. Nothing that really rocks my world. And one serious hindrance: It seems that Juniper Networks / Netscreen don't seem to have bothered releasing a Vista compatible version of their Netscreen Remote software. This means I have a serious disadvantage when it comes to working from home.
Other than that, it's the annoyances that bother that outweigh the cool things that impress. I turned of the CPU/Memory sucking Aero transparency and animation, and I am still looking at having to upgrade to 2GB of RAM.
Meanwhile, if I took the time to install Ubuntu, I could have a equally cool interface, higher security, and a smaller memory footprint.
It seems that Microsoft has gone out of their way, in the name of security, to compromise usability. I won't be recommending it for my friends and neighbours.