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[2]: Point out
by markoweb on Wed 23rd Jul 2008 09:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Point out"
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Not necessarily. OS cache should return memory to applications when they need it. On my Linux box I can easily make it use all RAM (2GB) when I list directories all over the disk (I have a huge MP3 collection). I don't have any swap and yet I can still start any application I want after the RAM is almost full. Try it on your Vista machine and your experience should be similar.

I guess it depends which application you are going to open. If the application is cached then swap should not be touched. But if you open a new app for the first time then some of the in memory cache has to be put into swap inorder to make room for the new app.

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