Posted by: Anonymous
on October 02, 2007 09:01 PM
"But these Windows components and subsystems need to be up running anyway in order for Windows to function". The big problem with this statement is that I am not running Windows and don't want anything to do with it. You do not have a choice in the matter when running Windows. You must deal with all of the bloat on the MS Platform as MS dictates. I don't see that as a positive, but I digress...
There are other options which allow more integration. I am not assuming Windows-only here. Cross platform is another feature that was not discussed in the article. Is that important? I guess it depends on the requirments--I would say that it is. Microsoft only interoperates with Microsoft--by plan, which is very bad--customer lockin. Open Office interoperates with many others including Star Office, KOffice, and others, and on other platforms--BIG plus. Open Office document format ODF (open document format - ISO ratified) is another big advantage for Open Office.
Vista is a resource hog, so when you add MS Office to that you still have a resource hog. There is nothing "efficient" about the Microsoft platform. IMHO the Microsoft platform represents an overall system that requires far more hardware, $$, and time to use and maintain.