Do you think Windows Vista is bloated? (I don't.) A tool called vLite lets you pick and choose which one of the built-in applications (Windows Mail, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, etc.) you want to remove for good. Nuhagic, the creator, says that he's not just ripping out Vista's guts to save hard drive space, but to increase responsiveness by not having applications that you don't use eat up cycles. It's a one-way trip, so make sure you really don't want Vista Slideshow before you go and kill it. [vLite via Information Week]
I think all OS's should give you the option of whether or not you want to install unnecessary programs. I want the option to choose what media player and web browser I use, I don't want them thrust upon me like I'm living in some Soviet state. All that things like Quick-time, Media Player, Safari and Internet explorer do for me is waste my storage space.
If Apple and Windows think this is valuable to me then provide it but still give me the option to uninstall it if I think it's crap (like Media Player, Internet Explorer or Safari). I have never bought an OS because of it's media player or web browser but I've chosen OS's because of how smoothly they manage software and resources.
I like choice and Windows and Mac have done everything they can to limit my choices. Give me the option to choose what I want and don't want in their bundles and I'll become a fanboi. Until then I'll make the least painful choice I can, and that always puts Windoze at the bottom of my list.