GNU + Linux = broken development model.
Posted Aug 7, 2009 11:24 UTC (Fri) by efexis
In reply to: GNU + Linux = broken development model.
Parent article: A tempest in a tty pot
"Why else should Windows needs exponentially more resources with each release?"
Sloppy development, greater number of features we're greater for, and greater number of features that we're really really not.
Windows uses subsystems for different API sets (whether it's dos, posix, win16, win32, .net etc) that are loaded on use, with backward compatibility confined within the subsystem, or even different versions of the library or live patching. MS are also always pushing their newest 'bestist' API sets, which means if you're not running old software, you tend to not be needing to load the old APIs (you can have windows run with win16/dos support completely removed for example) so there's no extra resource requirement there... and if you are running old software, then of course you need the old support.
Win7 looks to have lower requirements than Vista (I can even run it on my laptop, something I couldn't dream of with Vista), but still, it's much slower for basic functionality than my 2003 install. Basic stuff like recursive file meta data scanning, more progress bars (which require two-pass operations, one to find out how much stuff there is to be done, and the second to do it) slows down the UI. Services to control CPU scheduling for media applications adds complexity there, as do the various annoyance^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsecurity services. It's genuine complexity of the OS combined with less than optimal coding that makes it chug, backward compatibility cruft really isn't as big a player as you might think.
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