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[3]: This is anti-MS propaganda
by leech on Mon 13th May 2013 06:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This is anti-MS propaganda"
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I guess I'll feed the troll....

Seriously, what functionality does Windows XP have "Out of the Box" that any of the mint/Ubuntu Linux distributions don't have?

The only thing XP has going for it out of the box is Paint, Notepad, Wordpad, IE and Outlook Express.
Oh, maybe I'm missing solitaire and minesweeper....
Oh, you can search for files, and regular file management stuff. But what else?

Any Linux distribution (yes even from the days when XP came out) had more applications and a full office suite by doing the default desktop install.

Here's some anecdotal evidence to support the opposite of what you're saying.

This was a few years back, but my sister's friend had a crappy eMachine, which had a motherboard go bad. I tried to find a replacement, but unfortunately ordered her one that used PC133 memory, of which I only had a 128mb stick. Ubuntu (I think it was 8.04) ran on it, but slowly. OpenOffice loaded in about 5 minutes! Exact same hardware, dual booting with Windows Xp took about 10 minutes to load OpenOffice!

So you can berate Linux all you want, but the truth of the matter is that it still has leaps and bounds better memory management than Windows does. Ever look at your memory usage on Windows? I can pretty much guarantee that it's using Page file, even though it still has physical memory. I NEVER see this on Linux. We buy RAM for a reason, Microsoft... fix your damn memory management!

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