That article take a look at the process of creating the startup sound
in Vista and in Ubuntu.
Read it here
Today, Fast Company released an article from their February issue about how Microsoft created the new Windows Vista startup sound. Appropriately titled twenty people, four notes, the article explains how it took 18 months, 20 people and over 500 variations to pick just a four-note melody that will be played over and over again for years to come. Personal note: I quite like it.