Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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I'm running openSUSE, which has a reputation for being bloated (I even would consider it so), but its root partition is actually only taking ~4.9GB. And that is with a few additional packages installed. So apparently, "bloat" here is more in terms of memory usage than disk space, and I've noticed that as being true for almost all of the "heavy" distros.

Meanwhile... I sit here looking at my Windows 8 enterprise edition evaluation partition from afar, and it is taking around 17GB. I haven't even installed all of the programs I would likely use if I were to use the OS regularly, and I've even uninstalled some of the garbage Metro "apps" that serve no purpose other than serving ads for shampoo and laundry detergent (a few hundred megs right there, for "apps" that are about as useful as a paperweight).

It would probably be around 22-25GB if I were to install all of my typical programs, before installing such understandably huge programs as Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X, as well as other games, by which point I would no longer have any free space (I only gave Windows 8 about 30GB).

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