Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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Ubuntu 32-bit needs about 5 GB
by kateline on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:51 UTC
kateline
Member since:
2011-05-19

Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit here. Uses under 4 GB installed, now up to 5.4 GB with lots of apps.

I can't imagine using 19 GB for Win 8 on the bigger Surface.
BBBLLLOOOAAATTTT !!!

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

And wait until you start installing apps! Where the hell do you put your music?

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marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I'm amazed that people don't know the good practice of separating your personal data from an OS data. I do it for years and it never let me down. If something is wrong I can safely restore the OS, but the configurations and my stuff [music, docs, etc] are safe and untouched on other mount point ...
I won't even mention creating backups. Most people probobly don't do backups anyway.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Until you have a connexion loss...

Kochise

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Because I care that I have control and possibly more importantly ownership of my data, and very little of my shit is up there on some random server that is not under my control. Anything I do have in the cloud is simply a backup (primarily pictures to be able to access on my phone without having to get a 32GB microSD card), and I have all the originals on my hard drive where they are going to stay. If I delete any copy, no doubt it will be the one stored on server machines far, far away.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Also why do people care these days, when everything is in the "cloud"


Because not everyone has 100Mbps Internet connections?

or you have terabytes of space.


Did you miss the fact that Microsoft is being sued exactly because of LACK of said space?

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Also why do people care these days, when everything is in the "cloud" or you have terabytes of space.


Because it is my data, and I try to have control to whatever I give to 3rd parties.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

You and Windows are piles of shit.

Great argument, eh?

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0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Except Ubuntu is a pile of shit.


Everything is a pile of shit, especially Windows.

Edited 2012-11-16 09:15 UTC

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freebsd Member since:
2010-08-26

people got more than text files to store

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I'm running openSUSE, which has a reputation for being bloated (I even would consider it so), but its root partition is actually only taking ~4.9GB. And that is with a few additional packages installed. So apparently, "bloat" here is more in terms of memory usage than disk space, and I've noticed that as being true for almost all of the "heavy" distros.

Meanwhile... I sit here looking at my Windows 8 enterprise edition evaluation partition from afar, and it is taking around 17GB. I haven't even installed all of the programs I would likely use if I were to use the OS regularly, and I've even uninstalled some of the garbage Metro "apps" that serve no purpose other than serving ads for shampoo and laundry detergent (a few hundred megs right there, for "apps" that are about as useful as a paperweight).

It would probably be around 22-25GB if I were to install all of my typical programs, before installing such understandably huge programs as Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X, as well as other games, by which point I would no longer have any free space (I only gave Windows 8 about 30GB).

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I'm running openSUSE, which has a reputation for being bloated (I even would consider it so), but its root partition is actually only taking ~4.9GB. And that is with a few additional packages installed. So apparently, "bloat" here is more in terms of memory usage than disk space, and I've noticed that as being true for almost all of the "heavy" distros.


Bloated ... it is called features.

Meanwhile... I sit here looking at my Windows 8 enterprise edition evaluation partition from afar, and it is taking around 17GB. I haven't even installed all of the programs I would likely use if I were to use the OS regularly, and I've even uninstalled some of the garbage Metro "apps" that serve no purpose other than serving ads for shampoo and laundry detergent (a few hundred megs right there, for "apps" that are about as useful as a paperweight).


Get you little dig in about the fact there is 1 add if you spend five minutes scrolling to the end.

It would probably be around 22-25GB if I were to install all of my typical programs, before installing such understandably huge programs as Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X, as well as other games, by which point I would no longer have any free space (I only gave Windows 8 about 30GB).


We live in an age where even SSD disks for Desktops/Laptops is about 1/4 of a gig. Who cares?

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit here. Uses under 4 GB installed, now up to 5.4 GB with lots of apps.

I can't imagine using 19 GB for Win 8 on the bigger Surface.
BBBLLLOOOAAATTTT !!!


Unfortunately it is the side effect of hauling around 20 years of backwards compatibility because Steve didn't want the Office team in on the Surface details. The result? we have a grafted win32 application on Surface rather than a well integrated surface version. With every 5 steps Microsoft take forward they have a habit of taking two steps back.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

3 forward still seems OK, and probably better than average...

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