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 djohnston on Sun 12th May 2013 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE: makes sense"
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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.


Hmmm. Bad hair day? Here's a real-world user case. I still own and use a 1999 Dell Dimension 4100. It's used mostly for testing purposes. When I boot it from the hard drive, it runs Debian7 (wheezy). It's been running it for about a year now, from beta status to (just recently) stable release. Many updates in between. The kernel is a third-party 3.8-10.dmz.1-liquorix-686, the latest liquorix version. It has gone through many updates, as well.

The machine uses an 800mHz PentiumIII CPU and 512MB of RAM. I'd add to the RAM count, but it's all the motherboard will register, even with more installed. The motherboard came with no ethernet port. It still doesn't have one. I use a Linksys WUSB54G card, connected to a USB port. The Linksys is quite a few years old, but not as old as the Dell.

The wireless driver for the chipset is in the kernel. It is registered with the OS, "out of the box". Through all of the "bleeding edge" liquorix updates, as well as the Debian testing updates, the setup never failed to acquire a wireless signal or connection ability.

Regressions? You clearly do not know what the hell you are talking about.

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