[FoRK] XP Updates needed for a fresh install: Over 146 updates, over 410MB

Sat N <sateesh.narahari at gmail.com> on Sun Aug 12 19:45:04 PDT 2007

Timely discussion :)

I lost my XP CD on my old desktop and after a frustrated day, I can
now be convinced to install Linux. Other than reducing green house
emissions from my PC, I am sure there are other benefits of installing

Which distribution do you guys recommend? This is a fairly old
desktop, only use for it is to check woot.com and use skype.

On 8/12/07, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> On the third round of update / reboot cycles (how many will there be??),
> an XP reinstall has so far required 146 updates and over 410+ MB of
> downloads.  It seemed to be only semi-responsive for a long time; it was
> tabulating all of those required and recommended updates.
> Soon, maybe even now, the updates required will be larger than the
> installation CD.  Sad that they don't have up to date distros like Linux.
> Good luck for someone on dialup or who, for security reasons, doesn't
> connect their machine to the Internet.
> Good luck for someone without an effective firewall between the
> unpatched machine and the Internet.
> Now, back to my Linux laptop.
> sdw
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