It also occurs to me that the prime versions have been more successful than the composites....
Yes, vista was a catastrophe. Well, not exactly a catastrophe, but possibly my least favorite version of windows. What do you all think of Windows 7? Or are you all Linux people?
My honest opinion is that Vista got the same bad rap that XP got when it first came out. Unfortunately, because Microsoft didn't have a current "Windows ME" to look worse than Vista, Vista was lambasted. Vista is a better OS than XP. It just didn't have the same application and driver support that people expected immediately.
On the other hand Windows 7 enjoys the maturity of the driver and application development of Vista, so people regard it more favorably.
Everybody hated Vista because it was different. Everyone loves Windows 7 because it's the same.