I found this article to be quite interesting. It’s always neat to get a glimpse into the inner workings of a design team working for a company like Microsoft and to understand what trade-offs were made and why. In the same vein I would also recommend reading Dean Takahashi‘s excellent books Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution, where you get to hear about the internal fights to keep Windows off the original Xbox, and The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft’s Next-Generation Video Game Console, where you hear the story of how Epic Games cost Microsoft over $1B by convincing them to include 512MB of RAM instead of 256MB.
There has been quite a bit of activity on The Linux Experiment over the past little while. Check out the site here or quickly jump to the post that I wrote below. Big distributions, little RAM 3 How do the ‘big time’ distributions handle on constrained hardware? Take a look. How to install sun-java6-jdk and Netbeans in Ubuntu 11.10 A simple process to install the official SunOracle Java JDK and Netbeans IDE in the latest Ubuntu.