It seems Bill Gates has finally wised up about "bigger is not always better", after seeing the dismal sales results for Vista. I wonder if Mr. Gates had some extra-dimensional help in discovering this new minimalist approach called MinWin? Was he talking to the machine elves and listening to 60's music at the time he dreamed up the Windows 7 platform? It is definitely refreshing to see that Microsoft has gained some needed awareness with its "back to the garden, less crap is better" OS. I guess we shall see around 2010 if Windows 7 is a winner, or just another bad trip that was full of hallucinatory promises.
Windows gets a 'Mini-Me' CNET News
The kernel, which lacks Vista's bells and whistles or even a graphics system at all, takes up just 25MB on disk as compared with 4GB that the full Windows Vista takes up. And while people would need far more than MinWin to run even a basic Web server, Traut said it shows that Windows, at its heart, does not have to be a monster resource hog.
Microsoft shows off leaner kernel for Windows 7 Computerworld
Microsoft has 200 programmers working on slimming down the Windows kernel for the next version of the operating system, a company engineer revealed in a presentation last weekend at the University of Illinois.
"A lot of people think of Windows as this really large, bloated operating system, and that may be a fair characterization, I have to admit," said Eric Traut, who holds the title of distinguished engineer at Microsoft. "[So] we created what we call MinWin. It's still bigger than I'd like it to be, but we've taken a shot at really stripping out all of the layers above and making sure that we had a clean architectural layer there."
Vista Business sales soar like leaping dachshund Register UK
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We are stardust, we are golden,
We are caught in the Devil's bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and Gates