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OSNews, Generic OSes The center of gravity is shifting away from the traditional, massive operating systems of the past, as even the major OSes are slimming their footprint to make code bases easier to manage and secure, and to increase the variety of devices on which they can run, InfoWorld reports. Microsoft, for one, is cutting down the number of services that run at boot to ensure Windows 7 will run across a spectrum of hardware. Linux distros such as Ubuntu are stripping out functionality, including MySQL, CUPS, and LDAP, to cut footprints in half. And Apple appears headed for a slimmed-down OS X that will enable future iPhones or tablet devices to run the same OS as the Mac. Though these developments don't necessarily mean that the browser will supplant the OS, they do show that OS vendors realize they must adapt as virtualization, cloud computing, netbooks, and power concerns drive business users toward smaller, less costly, more efficient operating environments.
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Windows XP pro install is around 8-9G HDD space.

Since when? Windows XP Pro is about 2GB default install. I believe the minimum requirement for an XP Pro installation is 1.5GB hard drive space available.

Ubuntu 7.10 (what I currently use) is around 1.2Gig HDD space.

The minimum requirement for a default Ubuntu installation is 4GB disk space for full install and swap.

You can use the alternative Ubuntu install cd and trim this size down, but you can also use NT Lite to trim the default Windows XP Pro size down considerably.

If you're going to bash Windows, please do it accurately. Making up statistics does not help anyone.


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ba1l Member since:

Windows XP's disk usage depends on how much memory you have, because of the pagefile. The pagefile starts off as 1.5 times the physical memory in the machine, capped at 2GB for 32-bit versions of the OS. You also have the hibernation file, which is a bit larger than the amount of physical memory in the machine.

Installing the 32-bit version on a machine with 2GB of RAM would get you a 2GB hibernation file, and a 2GB swap file. That bumps the disk space requirement up to 6GB.

Installing the 64-bit version on a machine with 4GB of RAM would get you a 4GB hibernation file, and a 6GB swap file, for a total footprint of around 12GB.

Granted, Ubuntu has a swap partition as well, but it doesn't show up anywhere except the partitioner. And it's not as large as Windows's default page file.

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Soulbender Member since:

You also have the hibernation file

Hibernation is not enabled by default in XP.

Granted, Ubuntu has a swap partition as well, but it doesn't show up anywhere except the partitioner.

That doesn't really matter. It takes disk space.

And it's not as large as Windows's default page file.

The different isn't that large and you can always reduce the size of the windows swap size easily. Can also be done with Ubuntu but it isn't as easy.

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