“Regardless of which version we’re talking about, with Windows,
Microsoft decides what installs and what doesn’t and you need some
Windows Secrets book writer to teach you how to trim all the
unnecessary fat off the hard drive (which invariabley requires
several potentially lethal dalliances with the Windows registry).
This is what Sun CEO Scott McNealy meant when he used to refer to
Windows as a hairball: impossible to untangle.
“With Linux, just about everything is optional. You can start
with a stripped down kernel and go from there, arriving at some
appliance, desktop, server, or something in-between with nothing
more and nothing less than exactly what you need…”