Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 17:53 UTC
Windows One of the main problems with Windows Vista (and earlier versions) is that Windows consumes quite a lot of diskspace, with few means to trim down the installation. To make matters worse, Windows tends to accumulate a lot of megabytes and even gigabytes of space during its lifetime, leaving users at a loss as to how to reclaim this lost space. In a post on the Engineering 7 weblog, Microsoft program manager of the core OS deployment feature team (...) Michael Beck explains what Microsoft is doing in order to reduce the disk footprint of Windows 7.
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RE: What on earth!?
by siki_miki on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 21:53 UTC in reply to "What on earth!?"
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Microsoft didn't impose enough restrictions on software vendors to prevent bloating the system. For example, some software will just put a huge .msi file somewhere in "installation data". Windows generally has a very bad software management system. Result is that Windows installations degrade over time and often a reinstall is needed to get a properly working thing without all the bloat.

As if this is not bad enough, Windows itself tends to accummulate lots of garbage data, caches, logs, update backups, registry blossoming, and whatnot.

My 1 year old XP installation now boots much slower than initially for unknown reason. Bootvis revealed that it spends 40 seconds in "Disk" loading part, which should normally take 2 seconds, for no clear reason - I failed to find any diagnostic tool that could reveal what's happening. Add to that various crapware startup tools that each app vendor feels free to add, and you get a 2-3 minute booting time.

On the other hand, I enjoy packaging systems found in Linux distributions like Fedora or Ubuntu. It's so much simpler to update the system and add / remove whatever i need. It's also easy to add additional repos when you need stuff that has legal problems (patented codecs etc.). The approach found in OSS feels light years ahead of the "unmanageable blob" approach of Windows.

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