Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Dec 2009 23:52 UTC
Windows Ah, MinWin. The elusive project in the Windows team that has been misunderstood more times than I can count. Once again, Mark Russinovich, more or less the Linus of the Windows world (I win stupidest comparison of the year award), has explained what MinWin is all about, while also touching upon a number of other changes to the core of Windows. Before we start: thanks to BetaNews for once again detailing these technical talks regarding the core of Windows so well.
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by ritesh_nair on Tue 15th Dec 2009 08:58 UTC
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Dear Mark,

If your team can ship the kernel to the market. With addons as plugins to the OS, with nightly builds then all the geeks and free loaders and those who bash windows will think you have a cooler product.

Trust me, I quit using linux since kernel 2.2. It annoyed me having to install all those binaries and those version mismatches. I love windows because it just works well at almost 98 to 99 % of the times. I do not prefer linux unless its a grid, a cloud or a bit of HPC.
I dont know how many people advocating linux would have advocated it if it was not free. They should try the Red Cap>> <deliberately miss spelt> linux. Then they will know what fees they pay and support they get. If you open a windows box you can almost always understand things because its made simple, but with linux, well i am not launching a rocket, running an atm, or doing protein folding using FP32. Hehhehe.

Oh and with Windows compute Cluster,/HPC well i dont have to worry about what things to do, and focus on what i want to do.

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RE: Well
by merkoth on Tue 15th Dec 2009 14:47 in reply to "Well "
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You know, maybe us "freeloaders" actually (gasp!) like Linux.

Why do Windows users always assume that Linux users are all cheapskates just because we didn't spend $400 in our OS?

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by fretinator on Tue 15th Dec 2009 15:37 in reply to "RE: Well "
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True, and some of us even pay for our Linux when we don't "have" to. I have spent many hundreds of dollars on Linux and BSD. I have purchased Mandrake/Mandriva, Ubuntu (at Best Buy), Red Hat, OpenBSD and others. I also donate to the organization responsible for the OS. In addition, I have Window 7 boxes at home, all paid for and legal.

Most of the time I use a Free-as-in-Freedom operating sustems because I genuinely prefer it. I like the flexibility and power of Linux and BSD. I use Windows for gaming, or when I have a professor that requires Word 2007, Visual Studio, etc.

I have been using Linux since 1994, and it has been my primary desktop since the late 1990's. I am a software developer.

Let's not label each other. My kids run Windows 7, and they are very geeky kids. For them, it serves their purposes best, but they do know there way around Linux. The game support just isn't quite there (yet!).

I'm a long-time Linux user, but I don't hate Windows. Microsoft helped make computers accessable for all people. That was a good thing. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of some of their business practices. But Visual Studio rocks, and Office (especially Access and Excel) are solid products.

I believe someday Microsoft will be a champion of Free software, and most likely will say that it was their idea all along!

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RE: Well - kernel 2.2 huh
by jabbotts on Tue 15th Dec 2009 16:50 in reply to "Well "
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With the kernel at 2.6, you don't think there has been some changes since 2.2 when you last looked at it? Isn't your statement the equivalent of saying win7 is a mess because you had issues with win98 back in the day and haven't looked at Windows since? If Red Hat was all your touched and as it was back then, I can see where your grief came from. With Debian current release things are much different.

Don't mistake the intention of the post. If Windows works for you then your all set. I just find it interesting that your final judgment of another platform is based on a rather outdated experience.

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