Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th May 2013 21:41 UTC
Windows "Windows is indeed slower than other operating systems in many scenarios, and the gap is worsening." That's one way to start an insider explanation of why Windows' performance isn't up to snuff. Written by someone who actually contributes code to the Windows NT kernel, the comment on Hacker News, later deleted but reposted with permission on Marc Bevand's blog, paints a very dreary picture of the state of Windows development. The root issue? Think of how Linux is developed, and you'll know the answer.
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RE: makes sense
by bassbeast on Sun 12th May 2013 07:35 UTC in reply to "makes sense"
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No it doesn't, not really, for several reasons. One nobody is gonna care about "faster" when the average $300 PC is several TIMES more powerful than its owner will need.

Two nobody is gonna care about speed and innovation if you just broke $30k worth of office software and left an entire company's products broken so the risk isn't worth it in many cases.

Third Linux pays for this "speed and innovation" with one of the worst driver models in the history of computing, a driver model so messed up that to this very day a company can't just put a penguin on the box and a driver on the disc because thanks to Torvalds laughingly bad driver model there is a good chance the driver WILL be broken before the device even reaches the shelves.

Let me end with an illustration of why this entire argument is pointless and moot when it comes to OSes from my own life...Next week after nine years of faithful service I'll be putting my old Sempron office box in the cheap hardware pile. Now that is NINE years, TWO service packs, and probably 3000 plus patches...and not a single broken driver, NOT ONE.

For the vast majority of people on this planet Linux isn't free as in beer nor freedom, its free as in worthless.I'm sorry if that makes some people upset but its true, you can give me your OS for free but if my wireless is toast on first update and my sound goes soon after? Well into the trash it goes.

Faster kernels mean jack and squat if it doesn't lead to a better product and when Googling for fixes, forum hunts, and drivers that work in Foo broken in Foo+1 are the order of the day it doesn't. I mean MSFT has put out a product more hated than Vista, ME, and Bob put together and Linux is STILL flatline...doesn't that tell you something?

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