Tag: Windows XP

(Re)Imagining software bloat

During the process of setting up a few test bed environments, I was reminded of why I moved off MS Windows going on five years ago. Some standard installations of select operating systems were being done within VMWare Fusion, and of course I noticed hard drive space getting sucked away. With all virtual machine configurations set precisely the same I became curious as to who the culprit was, and then checked the file sizes…

  • Fedora 14 64-bit – 3.68 GB
  • Ubuntu 10 – 3.81 GB
  • Windows XP Professional – 6.71 GB
  • Each OS was installed direct to the virtual drive, and then all of the necessary updates were added. In the case of each Linux version update time was approximately ten minutes, while Windows took more than two hours. Each OS also had VMWare Tools installed, and Fedora was the biggest pain there – I had to go back and install perl and gcc before completion. Why those weren’t there I do not know.

    To its credit XP is old by comparison, but I have to wonder whether Windows 7, with an expected supply of new bells and whistles, would be any less of a whopper. If anyone has experience in that regard, I’d love to hear about it.

    MG signing off (to remove the bloat, as in onto an external drive)

    Shocking Report – Windows SP1 not secure!

    I am still trying to understand why the study is relevant, but the Denver Post reported on a security test of computers plugged in to the internet, by StillSecure, a Louisville, CO network security firm. The results, which I won’t quote (but you can read here: DenverPost.com – BUSINESS), says…are you sitting down…that Windows XP with Service Pack 1 is not secure! I just fell off my chair from the shock.

    The study did side by side comparisons of XP SP1 and SP2, Linux and OS X systems, plugged in over a week period to see what effects virus and zombie attacks would have on them. The up-to-date (meaning patched) OS’s recieved a relatively insignificant number of attacks, and were never infected. The SP1 install was the stand-out, with many thousands of attacks, and infection in less than 20 minutes.

    Hasn’t this study been done before (like last week), with the same results? Microsoft has provided a fix for this issue folks – its called Service Pack 2 (as in the one AFTER Service Pack 1). It has been out for ages (in technology time), so quit picking the guys in Redmond to pieces folks – its old news.