Beer, yes WinFS sits on top of NTFS at the moment because it currently makes more sense for it to do so (performance, compatability, tried and tested resiliance etc) but that doesn't necessarily always have to be the case.
After all, SQL Server 2000 can already use
raw partitions for storing databases and it's not that big a step from there to storing files directly in the database rather than externally on a file system.
I just wish the old password protect box appeared in the Sharing and Security tab. It would make it so much easier and people would actually use it. The way it is now, regular people can't see any way to do this so they don't and this makes them less secure than
they used to be with the old OS (not that I would ever want to go back to Win98).
It's missing because Share Level passwords were a nasty hack to add security to an inherently insecure OS (Win 9x)
You can achieve roughly the same level of security by password protecting the Guest account and then allowing it to access the shares. Or by creating local accounts on the machines and restricting their access to the machines.
If either of those option starts looking inflexible or inadequate, you should really be thinking about running a Domain, be it Active Directory or (if you can live with the reduced functionality) a Samba setup.
I'll grant you that this isn't easy enough for home users, but their weren't many home users with home networks when XP came out. From what I've heard, Longhorn should go a long way towards simplifying smaller sharing scenarios like that.
I don't know why Linux code is cancerous if Windows got the reputation of having BSOD and crashed all the time..disk defragmentation..
The reputation for BSODs comes from the 9x line. It's dead, stop harping on about it. NT based OSes have never suffered frequent BSODs and on XP in particular they are a very rare thing.
As for disk defragmentation, WTF? You're aware that all file systems suffer from fragmentation, right? It's an inherent problem which is impossible to solve.
You can get defragmentation tools for the
Mac but with Linux you're out of luck. Of course you can choose to believe the "you don't need to do it" rhetoric but then Microsoft were saying that about NTFS when it first came out...