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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The facts belie the central thesis
by ze_jerkface on Sun 12th May 2013 22:57 UTC
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Microsoft certainly has cultural and leadership problems. Ballmer is an asshead that needs to go, he has been given plenty of chances. The Windows division under Sinofsky went into crazyland, only rabid MS fanboys and employees still defend his Metro-down-your-throat plan.

But there is a major problem with his argument because it makes a common false assumption that Linux code is developed for non-economic reasons.

Most Linux code is developed by corporations:
http://apcmag.com/linux-now-75-corporate.htm

Furthermore if "passion" creates good code then Linux should have a much better game selection.

The truth is likely somewhere in the middle. Red Hat probably has a better culture for developers but the actual development has nothing to do with glory or recognition. Most Red Hat developers have families and just want to pay the bills.

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