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Windows An editorial examines the OS lay of the land on the eve of Vista's release, and makes an interesting case for why Windows "rules the world". Do you agree? We report, you decide.
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Even though I don't think that lines of code is a very reliable indicator of bloat or complexity, at least they had a nice thing to say about both Linux and Mac OS X.

Lines of code is really bad because they probably aren't measured consistent way: different programming styles and languages will tend to expand or reduce the number of lines of code, which programs are considered as part of the operating system. Bloat can also mean different things: personally I like johndaly's definition of a mismatch between the user and features, though memory usage is also a valid consideration. Memory usage can be bumped up by the additional use of resources (like images, audio, and video). Memory usage may also be greater for particular algorithms, and there isn't necessarily a correspondence between the number of lines of code and how much memory an algorithm will need.

It is a very complex issue. Alas, the Economist is not the best place to explore the technical nuances of an operating system.

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