Friday, June 02, 2006

Processor Improvements

Computer Processors have gone from being single core to dual core processors, with quite a bit of hoopla, and they have gone from being 32 bit to 64 bit with just as much hoopla.

So what? There aren't any applications that take advantage of the additional features of processors to work faster. Mainly the OS itself needs to be written to use these features, and Linux is definitely leading the way here. Their open source model works well allowing geeks to help get the OS upgraded faster. The only problem is that the OS itself does not allow the common user an easy way to work.

Thus the majority of us, running Windows, will not get to take advantage of the Processor upgrades for a while. Unfortunately, at the same time, Microsoft is not just improving it's OS to use these new features, it's actually increasing the size of the OS, so the speed improvements will be completely offset by the OS additions.

I would like to see 2 or 3 major upgrades to the OS free between each new release. These are not patches, these should be actual upgrades to take advantage of new technology and to improve the speed of the OS itself.

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