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Not slimmed down enough
by cushioncritter on Fri 9th Mar 2007 03:55 UTC
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Microsoft as usual is parlaying the concept that "leaving out" parts of XP can allow it to run on "legacy hardware" such as a 233MHz machine with 64M RAM; as it does with other products like "XP Embedded", etc. This is a great distortion, most people find a machine that takes over 3 minutes to complete the boot process and 1-2 minutes (with great hard drive churning and noise) to open a small program to be unacceptable.

The problem is that Windows is total bloatware and is not easily reduceed into anything resembling "lean and mean" with any reasonable amount of effort. I find the minimum reasonable hardware for XP (any version) is Pentium III 400+ with 192M RAM and EIDE drive.

Try downloading "Starter XP" and running on the "minimum hardware" if you doubt my test results.

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RE: Not slimmed down enough
by BluenoseJake on Fri 9th Mar 2007 19:27 in reply to "Not slimmed down enough"
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"I find the minimum reasonable hardware for XP (any version) is Pentium III 400+ with 192M RAM and EIDE drive."

I think you'll find that is also the minimum for any mainstream Linux-based OS running KDE or Gnome. If people want the features, they will pay for it in bloat. I wouldn't run (K)Ubuntu, Fedora, or Suse in anything less than that either.

You can get modern distros that run well on lesser hardware, but they all use alternative window managers, such as XFCE or something like blackbox, these are very good WM's, but are not full DE's like KDE or Gnome.

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