Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st May 2008 08:05 UTC, submitted by Mohammed Saleh
Benchmarks Several open source applications are available on both Linux as well as Windows. This gave Mohammed Saleh the idea of comparing the performance of various of these applications on both Ubuntu 8.04 as well as Windows XP SP3, to see which of the two performed better with certain applications. The results were rather interesting.
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ricegf
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You do realize, I hope, that task switches are measured in milliseconds? Increasing the frequency of task switches will not get you a more responsive-to-human-input environment; other factors (such as scheduling algorithms) completely swamp that factor.

Nor is it reasonable to assume that an environment that runs slower must be switching tasks more frequently. It is much more likely to be spending more time running non-interactive tasks such as virus scans, handling system tasks such as network I/O, or dozens of other routine matters.

My personal experience on computers with both XP and Ubuntu installed has been that Ubuntu is noticeably more responsive, principally because XP spends so many cycles scanning for malware (using McAfee and Norton Defender). However, how you configure both environments will have a great impact on how responsive the environments "feel".

You should use what you like, of course.

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