Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Dec 2008 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows I'm sure you're all still (sadly) familiar with the recent 'debate' I had with InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy, which detailed a lot of silly things. The seed of that discussion was planted with Kennedy's first article which, among other things, claimed that Windows 7 performed similarly to Windows Vista (meaning, slower than XP). Leaving the thread count discussion behind, Kennedy did include a benchmark which showed that Windows 7 performed similar to Windows Vista. There's a new benchmark out now, comparing a slightly more recent build of Windows 7 to Vista RTM/SP1 and XP SP3, and in these tests, Windows 7 blows all of those out of the water.
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RE[4]: system requirements
by phoenix on Sun 14th Dec 2008 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: system requirements"
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You can absolutely slim redhat or ubuntu or centos down to fit into 1Gb but its going to be a pretty limited install. What, xfce or blackbox as your interface? abiword (if that...hope its more than nano or pico for word processing) for typing word documents, maybe opera for browsing? Good luck getting the average person to use the system.

Kubuntu 8.10 (KDE3 or KDE4) runs just fine with 512 MB of RAM. I have it installed on my laptop that is used as a media centre in the living room. It's an ancient (pushing 5 years old) 2.8 GHz Celeron laptop with ATi's IGP 7000 chipset. Plays XviD videos via full-screen Kaffeine just fine. Can even configure the the screen as "stretched" across the LCD and TV-out, and surf the web while watching videos.

Don't know where you get the "can't possibly run Linux in less than 1 GB of RAM" mentality.

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RE[5]: system requirements
by perspectoff on Tue 16th Dec 2008 18:40 in reply to "RE[4]: system requirements"
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I am also running Kubuntu 8.04 on a 256 Mb RAM laptop that is several years old without any problems. I replaced Windows NT on it, which was painfully slow.

I can run video over my Sprint EVDO card, albeit slowly.

I will add 256 Mb RAM for a total of 512 Mb, which will improve video speed. Unfortunately that's the maximum this old laptop will allow.

I could never run Windows with video on this laptop.

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