Originally Posted by jonny1989
If people are pissed off that Vista has a larger install footprint then I think they need to rethink their position a little. A 15GB install footprint is not all the bad when most of the PCs that have vista installed have 160GB HDD or bigger. Compared to the 3.55GB install footprint of windows XP. When XP first came out they were putting it on 20 and 30GB HDDs.
A lot of cheap (Cheap being 600-800$) AMD Dual Core laptops come with 320GB HDDs so if people are mad about a 15GB install footprint then I think they need to go down town and buy a 20 or 30GB hard drive and install it on there and then see how bad it could really be.
I wish you would understand the point here, though:
They could have, and should have, done BETTER. Linux's footprint is like 5GB. OSX's footprint is ~6-7GB.
aero is mediocre and requires a powerhouse PC. Compiz-Fusion is amazing and requires a PC with a quarter of the specs that aero requires.
It's about the execution. Vista has a lot of great concepts, but lots of them have been poorly implemented.