Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Project to Customize Windows

We need more projects like XPlite. This is a system to "modularize" Windows components to facilitate their removal and reinstallation, if necessary. Windows would be much easier to secure if we could install the absolute minimum number of packages to support our applications. This is why I like the FreeBSD ports system. I install a base FreeBSD OS, and load the ports tree. Within the ports tree, I add whatever I need, and the ports system only adds what's necessary to support that application. Brilliant? Perhaps -- but that's FreeBSD, and also a few Linux variants (Debian and Gentoo). :)

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