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I am not trying to troll but how come you get so many free applications on 2 700 meg Linux ISO's (which includes source code) but so few applications with Vista?
Is Aero a 2 gig feature? Is the RTM release expected to be smaller?
1) They are probably including all the debug symbols.
2) XP used to come in a CD but that doesn't means it "fits" in a CD. Back in 2001, there were not too many DVDs. For XP, Microsoft probably had to take out many things. Specially weird drivers, but there's also many "kits" that you had to download from Microsoft's web page.
Now that DVDs are really mainstream, Microsoft can afford to put a DVD of crap there. Extra drivers, for example. Who cares, really? - it's just one DVD
It isn't the fact that it is 3 gig that I have a problem with.
My problem is that it is now 3 gig and still doesn't come with cool software to play with.
They could bundle software for common tasks that is spyware free, for instance.
And the thing is, once you're over 800MB and have no hope of getting on a CD you then have a new limitation on size. Since you're going to require a DVD anyway, you might as well fill it up.
Debug symbols, WTF?, there is no way that takes up so much space, what are you smoking?
What actually comes with Vista, a office suit?, seems to me it's code bloat and you can expect as XP does to grow to at least 4-5Gb.
But hey we all have 200Gb hard drives, dual layer dvd writers and 1Gb of ram right?
Even a single CD distro or liveCD can boast more value for money.
It's great for MS that they're getting all this free testing, i can't understand the appeal of Microsoft's beta level product myself.
Probably has a lot to do with the way the installs now, specifically the fact they're using what amounts to a sysprepped image file with a lot of extra drivers included as a way of speeding up the install process.
Not to mention that the DVD contains builds for both x86 and x64 with all the attendant binaries. Also the single DVD contains all the OS features you could possibly have in Windows (all the way from Home to Ultimate).
Hey Jody, have you ever coded anything in your life?
Do you understand what Debug and Release modes mean?
If not, then please don't bother.
Between Media and debug releases this stuff can be huge and remember there are tons of software included with the OS.
tons of software included with the OS ?
what planet are you on man ?
are you saying sol, notepad, calc, wordpad, media player, are tons of software ?
do you think people actually use them ?
The .NET framework is pretty hefty and once all the debug symbols are gone the size should drop considerably.
I wouldn't be surprised if 1G was devoted to drivers. The rest is probably .NET and other 'managed' runtime services.