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MythBusters - Switch to a Linux-based OS such as Ubuntu.

Computer operating systems loaded with stuff I don't want and will never use.

In the tech world this phenomenon is known as “software bloat” or “feature bloat.” It's a well-documented problem and a frequent complaint about Windows OSs—Vista in particular. In addition to being buggy, the extra features tend to bog down your system by demanding more processing power and memory. Computer-makers: Don't load up operating systems with features and then make us sweat to figure out how to get rid of the fat.

Most features can be set up as options. Why not start with a computer loaded with basic stuff that works 100 percent of the time? Then, give us the option of adding the bells and whistles. There's another solution available to consumers: Switch to a Linux-based OS such as Ubuntu. Since most Linux OSs are free, there's no business reason to bloat up the system with feature frills.


Anonymous said...

Almost all software is bloated these days, except perhaps tiny programs like FramebufferUI.

Anonymous said...

As a whole though you can run linux on a less hardware than the newer windows offerings, I can network install gnu/linux on everything from new world macs to single processor pc's (or better) with just 4 floppies. I can also add just the apps I want. With windows 7 is supposed to be going in that direction. Too little too too late.

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