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SearchOpenSource: Why Linux Isn't Too Fat & MS Hurts Customers

Oct 13, 2005, 21:15 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by MiMi Yeh, Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Peter Parker for this link. ]

"Some people say that Linux desktop distributions like SuSE and Fedora are getting too fat, requiring too many resources. Do you agree?

"Peter van der Linden: I don't agree with that proposition. It's been clear for the last five years that memory continues to outperform the predictions of Moore's Law by growing in capacity and dropping in price even faster than expected. You can buy a gigabyte of DRAM for around $100 today. We should not be optimizing our desktop application and system software for low memory footprint. Instead, we should seek intelligent ways to take advantage of the expanded resources. This is what Apple is doing with their new file system meta data search. You can (even) look through hidden data on your system, like the EXIF information in image files. The search is fast because the data are indexed offline when you aren't using the system..."

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