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 ba1l on Mon 13th May 2013 07:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This is anti-MS propaganda"
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Today's Ubuntu and Mint (some of the most pop distros and my fav also) are not yet on the same level of functionality as Windows XP. XP is far superior imo.

I wouldn't agree with either of those two points.

If you exclude "runs Windows applications" as a feature (if that's what you want to do, just use Windows), I can't really think of anything Windows XP has that current (or even older) Linux distributions don't. Certainly nothing that I use.

I don't really consider Windows XP to be viable anymore, unless you're running on very old hardware that can't run Windows 7 well (or at all).

When using a Windows XP machine, there are plenty of things I miss from Linux. And Windows 7. And Mac OS X, for that matter. It just feels like an antique to me at this point.

As far as the second test goes, I have ran those OS's on bare metal on those systems. Linux is noticeably slower. I mentioned virtualization because there the additional overhead makes the difference even more obvious.

From my experience, that's usually a problem with the graphics drivers (nVidia's drivers, in the case I'm thinking of), but I've had no such problems in years.

It's hard to know what you mean by "slow" anyway. Unless there's a graphics card issue (dropping back to software rendering because you're in a VM will pretty much do that), I can't think of any way that Linux feels slower than Windows. Not on anything I've used in a very long time.

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