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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Gullible Jones
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With Ubuntu it was actually under KVM, not Virtualbox. 1 GB RAM, no graphics acceleration at all. It still worked fine, mostly because the computer in question was a beast; on my netbook it sucks terribly.

Not sure how well it would work in Virtualbox though. If your hardware is similar to my late Core 2 Duo desktop, the problem might be with Virtualbox, not Ubuntu.

As far as Windows 8 is concerned, I found it quite fast on Virtualbox (even without GPU acceleration) but quite slow on an older laptop. I would guess it's heavily optimized for newer machines.

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