Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 22nd Jul 2008 17:54 UTC
Benchmarks David Williams over at iTWire has done a comparison of Windows vs Linux. It is performed by doing functionally identical tasks in both the OSes. This comparison is not a fair one by any measure. The laptops running the Windows and Linux were different in the hardware config and the software used for the tests were comparable but clearly different (MS Office vs OpenOffice; IE vs Firefox 3).
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RE: Fedora is fat
by Jokel on Tue 22nd Jul 2008 19:55 UTC in reply to "Fedora is fat"
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Linux uses RAM in a very different manner than Windows. Most RAM is used as disk cache to speed up file operations. Linux is designed to use as much RAM as possible to keep the amount of disk access operations as low as possible, thus improving efficiency and speed.

You can't compare Windows memory usage with Linux memory usage. Most memory used by Windows is just to store static blocks of memory like complete programs. Linux uses most memory for dynamic purposes like changing data and files.

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