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[2]: makes sense
by RshPL on Sun 12th May 2013 09:52 UTC in reply to "RE: makes sense"
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On the other hand once a driver lands into the kernel, it becomes the same moving target as the whole thing. Most of the webcams released for Windows XP no longer work on Windows Vista/7/8 while in Linux you can use many of those webcams on all kinds of hardware, from laughingly old x86 to boards such as Rasberry PI. Plug it in and it just works! Thank you Linus, this is the reason why I love Linux. It might be beneficial in few cases to have a stable ABI but see the bigger picture and imagine today's stuff that just works in 20 years time - unlike Windows. I think having stable ABI would prevent it.

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