Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:50 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Another week has passed us by, so it's time for another Week in Review. This week was obviously dominated by the release of Windows 7, but Apple was also in the news often, reporting yet another stellar quarter, and of course updating its entire line of consumer Macs.
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RE[2]: Success!
by sbenitezb on Mon 26th Oct 2009 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Success!"
sbenitezb
Member since:
2005-07-22

How can a modern OS with all things included weight 20GB? It's insane. It's only the OS with almost no applications, not much documentation, not a lot of drivers. What's in there to weight 20GB?

My entire Linux installation with KDE desktop, documentation and translations is smaller. And that includes compilers, runtimes, python, perl, ruby, ghc and a myriad of binaries and libraries.

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RE[3]: Success!
by Kroc on Mon 26th Oct 2009 08:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Success!"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Cache cache cache. When you can’t be fast for real, just use cache. The size of a Windows install is bloated by the page file, the hyberfile, the prefetch, the driver cache, the assembly cache (WinSxS), superfetch, and who knows how many other caches.

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RE[4]: Success!
by darknexus on Mon 26th Oct 2009 12:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Success!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Don't forget all the temporary files and web histories that never get deleted, and the ridiculous amount of legacy compatibility still there, and the fact that most programs leave things all over, and the ridiculous size of a lot of Windows drivers and frameworks, and... well you get the idea.
I'll be fair though, a fresh install of 32-bit windows 7 seems to weigh in at around 7 gb or so, not 20. Vista on the other hand easily could take up 25 gb. I'm not sure which is smaller, Windows 7 or Snow Leopard, but I'd bet it's a close race. I still think 7 gb is too big for an os, not that it really matters in this day of large hard drives and even SSDs are becoming reasonable at larger sizes. Still I can't help but compare that to a full Ubuntu install with all the apps I need weighing in at about 2.5 gb, and obviously using an os like Arch you can really have a small environment that is just as functional.

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