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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yoshi314@gmail.com
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2009-12-14

i call BS on your argument. score F.

I have an old (~7 years) system which ranks somewhere between your 10year old and 7 year old examples, and i don't have to degrade to unsupported legacy linux installations to use it.

The argument of no-junk windows xp installation and everything working out of the box can be thrown just out the window - i mean, there's outdated IE and you are missing most of the drivers for your hardware. and the whole system is rather vulnerable out of the box, unless you roll a custom installation media streamlined with all of the hotfixes so far.

Also, you silently assumed to run default desktops given distro comes with. I can use gnome3/kde fairly comfortably, although i prefer simpler setups more. in such case older systems might struggle. but not every distribution comes with beefy desktop option by default.

You also forgot to notice that windows xp is going to become unsupported soon.

> Also, Linux does not age well. It is not usable with older hardware because that forces users to give up on new packages/software and security.

BS. you can run recent releases of distributions on fairly old hardware. I run archlinux on laptop from 2004, and i keep it up to date.

do not make the assumption that recent linux versions are only for top-of-the shelf hardware. do not make the assumption that there is only gnome3/kde or other resource hogging desktop for linux. do not assume that old hardware only works with linux distributions released more than few years ago - there are linux distributions that will work well on older hardware while containg up to date software.

> In windows you can keep your software. They are not obsoleted by package updates.

Try installing some stuff written for xp on windows7 or 8. Or try installing something that requires most recent directx on windows xp. and then tell me it's not being obsoleted.

There are more and more apps getting left behind. And that includes drivers for older hardware - some hardware from winxp era is not getting drivers for modern windows releases. at some point there will be hardware with no xp drivers available. i doubt it will happen anytime soon, but it's a matter of time.

on linux you at least get the comfort of having your hardware supported as long as there are people using it, and it works realistically. even if it's discarded, you are free to fork the kernel or make a group of interest to restore given feature.

you can fire up fairly recent linux system and it will work with your hardware, recent or ancient. the exceptions are hardware that's truly obsolete (like 386, with its ram restrictions) or hardware nobody uses anymore (ancient modems, really old and obscure graphics cards) or hardware nobody has written drivers for yet.

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