Posted 15 April 2007 - 02:47 PM
In my opinion, it isn't a simple answer.
That's why I mentioned that if a software package that you will need to run won't run on Vista, it makes the decision easy.
Otherwise, we could, and some probably will, argue either way.
XP has been around for a while and is relatively stable.
Vista, while new, will only continue to improve (just as XP did in the beginning), and has some arguably superior security features - User Account Control and Internet Explorer 7 running in Protected Mode, for example.
Personally, unless you know of a software issue, I would go with Vista Premium as a minimum. (I agree with many others - Vista Basic isn't a good idea) Both XP and Vista are coming out with frequent security updates, so neither is being ignored in that area. You can get good, free, security programs for both, and, as mentioned, you can get a free office suite - OpenOffice, too. More and more "current" versions of other software will become Vista capable just as it did when XP first came out.
That's my 2 cents.
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!