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The Great Vista/Mac Showdown: Minimum requirements; Vista isn’t bloatware

February 5th, 2007 Posted by Mitch Ratcliffe @ 12:33 pm 

Vista or . What’s it going to take to install and run the operating system you choose?

The knock against has long been that it is bloatware, but on install, Vista system components are only two-thirds the size of Mac OS X components, even with the tablet components installed on the ThinkPad X60. However, the utilities and applications that come with a Windows install to provide device-specific services and support, as well as the bundled software are likely to take much more space than a clean Macintosh installation.

The MacBook Pro arrives with 18.36GB of software preloaded, including the operating system and libraries, along with a bunch of Apple applications for manipulating images and sound, making DVDs and photocomics. Operating system resources, including the 12.9 MB of user files created for the initial user account, take up approximately 11.1GB of hard drive space. On the MacBook Pro, which ships with a 120GB drive (111.47GB is available for use),  that means I have 90 percent of the drive left for applications and data. 

Of course, that percentage of storage will vary with the size of the hard drive. For example, the MacBook Pro can be configured with a 160GB or 200GB drive for an extra $100 or $200, respectively.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X60 arrives with 25.8GB of pre-installed software, but only 7.188GB is associated with the Vista OS. Vista also creates a user file of 91.1MB—seven times the Mac user file size—for the initial user. The initial storage requirements advantage is largely illusory.

Vista is more compact than Mac OS X because many system features are farmed out as applications that can be augmented or replaced by third-party tools, where Apple keeps that functionality in the kernel and libraries. Read more.

OSA Editorial Comments: 

Do we really need more of the same? I for one am getting very tired of major players in the internet world turning shy eye away from our # 1 online security issues and pretending that the only way to solve them is that you and I “US” the (Consumer) has to buy another upgrade, download another patch, put-up another firewall of protection, and that this is all somehow all of our faults if our computer has thousands of virus, malwares, worms, Trojan horses knocking at our gate! And, wow is our fate if we let an online predator into our house via our Internet connection, that we should be the ones who are punished again, I say NO!!!

If we don’t start making the Cyber Criminals pay with real punishment or real jail time, and until we start to say: “enough is enough” or scream out from the rooftops that “Were not going to Take IT Anymore!!”

We as an Internet family have to band together and force politicians, the Federal Government, and International leaders to make changes in how we treat Cyber Criminals.

If we don’t start NOW! Then nothing is ever going to change and it’s only going to worse, with each new threat our becomes something we can’t protect anymore and then we truly are all Victims!

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