Lemme guess, you are a Linux or Mac man?
sort of 'linux man'
Win7 can easily measure itself with any other OS around. Difference, for example between SnowLeopard and Win7 is that Apple just has to write for one specific configuration, while MS has to write Windows for 1000's of configurations - tends to be a bit more work and tends to make the OS a bit bigger, eh?
it's still hard to justify 16gb of occupied space (11 in case of 32bit version)- and it's for system alone, not including many usefull stuff, also usage of 1gb ram by system only is hard to explain. prefetch and indexing are turned off.
about configurations- win7 still needs an external application (installed in update) to handle keyboard produced by MS (MS ergonomic keyboard 4000, great keyboard btw).
also- 'default' drivers work strangly- after i unplugged headphones, i had to install drivers for sound card, otherwise system couldn't see my headphones. (surprise- both headphones and keyboard works fine, out-of-the-box in most linux distributions)
and i'd prefer not to mention applications that doesn't really work fine, even when launched in 'compability mode' (Call of duty 2)
and of course, do i have to mention that so basic stuff like mounting NTFS partition into directory on other disk is a pain in the arse :?
But of course, it's an MS product, so it's bad from the start, isn't it?
If you are a Mac man and lyrical about Snowleopard - you haven't heard of that superbug found in Snowleopard? That when you log in as a guest, after you created your own profile, everything will be deleted because SL treats every account like a guest account? That means that you will lose everything if you don't have a backup. This bug alone is heavier than all the bugs in WinXP combined.
yeah, i heard about that :)