What is an Operating System (was Electronics Barn closing)

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Tue Aug 3 14:03:20 2004

Rumor has it that Fred Cisin may have mentioned these words:

>XP IS a version of NT, not just "based on it" (2000 IS NT5, XP would have
>been NT6)

Erm... not quite. 2K is NT5, XP *is* NT5.1, so the "evolution" of XP from
2K is very slight - mainly in more security holes, tighter yet integration
of IE, the candy-coated GUI (which you can revert to 2K-like, tho it ain't
easy to find all the different animation settings without TweakUI) and the
ability to play a lot more games (mostly in the 3D realm).

... Oh, and in more memory usage. I can trim most unnecessary services (for
me) in Win2K so about 58-60Meg is used on boot - IIRC, the best I ever got
XP down to is around 90-95Meg, with comparable services running.

[[ Contrast that with my LinuxFromScratch 4.0 install on my laptop - with
comparable services (DHCP enabled, etc.) running, X running, animated
background (xfishtank) and 1 terminal window open (on boot, so I didn't
fiddle with it) -> 23Meg used. This includes apache, PostgreSQL &
ColdFusion 4.5. On boot with no GUI (but all services) -> 15 Meg. My
freshly compiled LFS 5.1.1 with no services running: 9.2 Meg. My wife's
Shuttle running standard RedHat 9 & Nautilus for the GUI - a touch over
100Meg. It goes to show that enduser linux is sometimes no better now than
enduser Winders.]]

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

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