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[7]: makes sense
by Morgan on Mon 13th May 2013 10:45 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: makes sense"
Morgan
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Then tell us what distro you are using and what these kernel breakages you keep suffering are.


To my knowledge he runs Ubuntu but that's irrelevant; this discussion is about NT kernel vs Linux kernel performance, not a dick measuring contest.

I can see where you're both coming from because I live in both stable LTS and bleeding edge testing worlds at the same time. On my workstation it's Windows 7 Pro and Ubuntu LTS because I like to actually be able to get work done without wasting time fiddling around with broken crap. On my laptop it's "anything goes", as that device is my testbed for all the shiny new distro releases. Any given week I might have a Debian based distro, an Arch based one, a Slackware derivative or even Haiku booting on it. I greatly enjoy having both the stability of my work machine and the minefield that is my portable.

I feel like I say this every week lately, but if you're running a production machine for anything other than OS development, you should stick to a stable (preferably LTS) release of your favorite OS. If you're a kernel hacker, a distro contributor or you're just batshit insane, go ahead and use a bleeding edge distro as your production machine, and enjoy all the extra work that goes into maintaining it.

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