Operating Systems, Get Out Of My Way
I put Vista on a diet. This is my Vista system. I want an operating system that gets out of my way. That is why I loved Windows 2000. Operating systems should help me find and launch my applications and files fast. Then, the operating system should let my applications talk to my hardware efficiently. Then, it should disappear; go away and let me get my work done! Anything more than that is a bunch of crap.
When you spend the time to take away the animations and the glitzy Las Vegas interface, what I call the fat, Vista does a pretty good job. I wish I could get rid of more of the fat in Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard.