According to a new whitepaper issued at the latest WinHEC by Microsoft, the new OS will instead find itself running on a machine with "a modern CPU", 512MB of memory, and a "graphics component with a Longhorn display driver model (LDDM)". Microsoft also claims in the paper that "Longhorn will run fine" on 256MB systems but believes that "512MB or more of RAM provides really good multitasking performance". Evidently, Longhorn has turned out to not be quite the beast everyone thought it was. Perhaps some more demanding technologies have been shelved until Blackcomb, the new generation OS after Longhorn. Or perhaps Microsoft just "performance tuned" everything. Hmmm. Anyway, the real question I am left with is... what exactly is a "modern CPU?" 900 MHz Duron? Or dual-core Athlon?
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