Is it time to consider Linux?

28 Jan

The “priority updates” just popped up here. OK, two were fair enough, one being the final version of IE8 at around 14 MB download. But the third?

I can’t do better than quote a post on Whirlpool.

Has anyone noticed today’s MS update?…

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847) x86
Date last published: 1/27/2009
Download size: 248.4 MB…

This is just getting crazy.

And to call it a ‘high priority update’?

Do we really need this?


See you all next week… 😉

For details see List of changes and fixed issues in the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. Can you imagine how long a 248.4 MB download takes on Unwired? (If I was still on dial-up I would be waiting until next year…!) Wouldn’t it have been nicer of Microsoft to release this on DVD via some of the major computer mags? I wonder if they know what real-world computing is actually like.

And by 3pm…

Downloads all up took around 4 hours, starting at 10am. That was better than the 6+ predicted by Microsoft. Most of the rest of the time was in installation and reboots – four mandated by Microsoft, plus two extra after attending to collateral matters.


Posted by on January 28, 2009 in computers, web stuff


2 responses to “Is it time to consider Linux?

  1. Benjamin Solah

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Neil, I think Microsoft expects that we can all pay the price of a Mercedes to update our computer hardware every six months, and that all of our internet connections run through cables the thickness of a train tunnel

  2. James Russell

    January 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Good Christ. I AM on dial-up and a 248Mb download is simply beyond the capacity of my ISP’s dial-up service. I’m afraid Micro$oft can go to hell over this one (and Windows Genuine Advantage may go with them).

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