for a couple of reasons.
1. This is a Mac forum so you are unlikely to get a fair cross section of XP users to judge the relative merits of VIsta.
2. Installing OS X on an x86 machine is illegal. It violates the EULA that you agreed to when you opened the packet. Neither the machine nor the OS would be supported in any way.
I think you would be better of posting this in the XP or Vista forums, that should be fun, instead of in a forum that is populated by people who have already made the switch. (Give or take the odd one or two who drop in now and again)
I ahve read many threads lately with horrid Vista tales such as this one:
My brother had a similar thing happen to him. He bought a new PC and it came with a free copy of Vista once it was released, a new Compaq. When Vista was released, lo and behold, his key did not work. After spending a billion , around 2 hours, working with them, waiting around 20 minutes to get ahold of anyone, he was finally told to send a recept to them and then thye would mail him a new key. He decided not to bother as he is the typical user that just wants his computer to work.
So, after some thought I have come to the conclusion that most people are going to act the same. Only the computer savy are going to go for Vista, and it will be on a seperate drive in a dual boot configuration, for the time being. This may equate to years before anything that remotely appears to be a transition to Vista occurs.
So my question and the topic I would for this thread to center around is; How many people are going to be in the middle, and realize that Vista simply is not ready and since they will have to make a switch to a new OS anyway, to have continued "support" by way of security updates and bug fixes, decide to just take the Mac plunge?
There are 2 ways. One is to buy the OS X and install on a x86 machine. While their machine is not supported the OS will be. The other is to buy a Mac. Macs pricing is comparable to Wintel machines with similar features and small differences such as being fully integrated into one piece and the huge software suite that comes with a Mac more than make up for any shortcummings otherwise, in my opinion anyway.
I think the majority will be like my brother and use XP till the cows come home. But, what about the rest? There will be some tech dudes that use Vista and probably have already hacked Mac onto their rig. I think there will be a lot of Vista refugees that buy a Mac, realizing that they can install Vista and XP on their Mac hard-drive and that the only support available will be From Mac OS X on Mac hardware, or Vista with subpar support on any number of 3rd party hardware manufacturers that allows both parties to pass the buck.
So what do you think?
Disclosure: I use a Mac Dual 2G G5.