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 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windows xp installation and everything working out of the box can be thrown just out the window - i mean, there's outdated IE and you are missing most of the drivers for your hardware.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."

Not true. You click the update button. Then you are up to date. Too complex for you? Second, yes one should install drivers. In the land of Windows this is not necessary most of the time but is always an option and you can always get the correct drivers from the manuf website. You just double click the exe file and boom, all is perfect in the world. In the land of Linux... good luck with driver issues. Buy yes, I see your point, I know you like to roll your own driver and custom compile the kernel. As do all normal people...

"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."

Yes, I talk about how Linux comes out of the box vs. how Windows comes out of the box. How rude and flawed of me. Good point.

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

Oh my god... after 13+ years? How dare Microsoft do such a thing!?! Let's start the MS hate bandwagon right now! Just one question dude, what is the longest support a main-stream Linux distro gets? LOL Also, you may have noticed that MS has an OS called Windows 7. Spend a few bucks, it will be supported for quite a bit longer than any Linux distro will.


"there are linux distributions that will work well on older hardware while containg up to date software."

This is true. You can run Lubuntu... maybe... if you wind the Linux driver lotto. See... the thing is that Ubuntu is garbage enough. As far as usability is concerned. Why would I want to run something even more stripped down just to be able to run an OS? No thanks. Lose too much functionality/usability. We need to keep this apples to apples and since the best of linux isn't up to Windows 95 level in terms of ease of use/admin and functionality why would I want to run something even more stripped down?

"Try installing some stuff written for xp on windows7 or 8. "

Funny you say that. This for the most part is no problem at all! I have yet to find something written for XP that doesn't work on Win7 (drivers excluded of course). You see, not only that but you can even run 32 bit apps in 64 bit Win... unlike in Linux where they still can't get this right. Maybe in 10 years they will finally get multiarch working properly... fingers crossed. Yes if some dynamic lib is version num off the application won't run in Linux. In windows apps are smart enough to package what they need with the app unless it is a sys lib and those are guaranteed not to break in apps in the future (unlike in Linux where breaking older apps is the norm).


"Or try installing something that requires most recent directx on windows xp. and then tell me it's not being obsoleted."

This is true. Yet, you can fully enjoy any game in XP just fine. MS is using some pressure here for sure. I think it is fine for MS to ask users to spend a $100 after a decade and a half.

"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."

True. But again... what is the point? That XP will one day become obsolete? Granted. Spend a $100 after a decade and a half. Give me a break. Programmers need to eat too.

"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."

What a joke. Good luck even getting basic functionality of hardware on Linux. Any hardware that is not main stream has no chance at all. You can roll your own drivers ehh? What a flaky argument. You can do the same on Windows mate. There is nothing stopping you.

Edited 2013-05-13 14:39 UTC

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