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What is Windows Lite?
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-12-06 01:43:42

Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that may not actually be Windows. It's currently called Lite, based on documentation found in the latest build, and I can confirm that this version of the OS is targeting Chromebooks. In fact, there are markings all over the latest release of the insider builds and SDK that help us understand where this OS is headed.

If you have heard this before, it should sound a lot like Windows 10 S and RT; Windows 10 Lite only runs PWAs and UWP apps and strips out everything else. This is finally a truly a lightweight version of Windows that isn’t only in the name. This is not a version of the OS that will run in the enterprise or even small business environments and I don’t think you will be able to ‘buy’ the OS either; OEM only may be the way forward.

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And there's something a bit different about Lite that we haven't seen from every attempt at launching this type of software in the past: it may not be called Windows. With a new name and a different UI, uses WCOS, and is going to be Microsoft's next 'big bet' in the Windows space.

All I'll say is that you should keep an eye on Build 2019.

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Well now we know what Microsoft's new slogan should be.
By darknexus on 2018-12-06 02:22:21
If at first you don't succeed... change the name and repeat. Eventually, someone will care.
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Too bad
By WorknMan on 2018-12-06 04:57:20
Was hoping it would be a slimmed down version of Windows 10, kind of like XP/Vista/7 Lite.
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Why?
By franzrogar on 2018-12-06 08:43:40
Why should I keep an eye on a cropped and crippled OS with a kernel known to be full of bugs instead of a real/complete OS (despite the same bugs)?
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RE: Why?
By Drumhellar on 2018-12-06 09:16:59
> with a kernel known to be full of bugs

Alternative kernels are known to be bug-free?
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RE: Well now we know what Microsoft's new slogan should be.
By The123king on 2018-12-06 09:56:56
No they won't
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RE: Why?
By The123king on 2018-12-06 09:58:28
Do you have sources to back up your claims?

AFAIK the NT kernel is actually pretty solid. It's all the stuff slapped on top of it which is buggy and shit
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RE[2]: Why?
By miqlas on 2018-12-06 11:07:30
Windows doesn't even comes with radiation hardened kernel. Into the trash it goes. :)
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RE[2]: Why?
By RobG on 2018-12-06 11:48:10
seL4 comes pretty close...

https://sel4.systems/

OpenBSD is also pretty good, with "only 2 remote holes in the default install", which actually covers user land too (although that is "remote holes" which is different to bugs).

However, as @the123king points out below, the NT Kernel itself is actually pretty solid, it the drivers and user land that tend to let things down.
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RE[3]: Why?
By Geft on 2018-12-06 12:15:50
> seL4 comes pretty close...

https://sel4.systems/

OpenBSD is also pretty good, with "only 2 remote holes in the default install", which actually covers user land too (although that is "remote holes" which is different to bugs).

However, as @the123king points out below, the NT Kernel itself is actually pretty solid, it the drivers and user land that tend to let things down.

You are talking only about security bugs here, not bugs overall. Furthermore, you're talking only about known/discovered bugs. If there would be as many keen hackers trying to exploit BSD or sel4 as there are hackers trying to exploit Windows kernel, I think situation would be a bit less extreme.
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RE: Too bad
By avgalen on 2018-12-06 12:43:47
> Was hoping it would be a slimmed down version of Windows 10, kind of like XP/Vista/7 Lite.
For that you can use Windows PE, Server Core or Nano Server depending on your exact needs. This Windows Lite will be slimmed down a bit because the "legacy" (x86) components will really be removed instead of just disabled like in 10-in-S-mode
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