Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Sep 2008 21:33 UTC
Windows A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Acer Aspire One notebook, the variant which came with an Acer-modified version of Linpus Linux. This version was locked-down and difficult to modify, so not too long after I installed Ubuntu, and was reasonably pleased - despite the amount of tweaking it took to get it working. A few days ago, however, I realised Linux wouldn't be ideal for me on my netbook. Due to pragmatic reasons, I'm now running Windows XP.
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It depends on your knowledge
by agrouf on Fri 5th Sep 2008 12:00 UTC
agrouf
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2006-11-17

If you know linux well, you can make it way faster than Windows. However, it requires a lot of knowledge to do it. Windows on the other hand doesn't require knowledge to deliver poor performance, but is still acceptable when you don't have the knowledge. Ubuntu doesn't require knowledge, but can make use of it if you have it and can deliver performance with knowledge applied.

Edited 2008-09-05 12:01 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

If you know linux well, you can make it way faster than Windows. However, it requires a lot of knowledge to do it. Windows on the other hand doesn't require knowledge to deliver poor performance, but is still acceptable when you don't have the knowledge. Ubuntu doesn't require knowledge, but can make use of it if you have it and can deliver performance with knowledge applied.


To make XP fast the knowledge needed was: "don't use NTFS, use the only other choice, which is FAT".

To make Linux as fast on the same machine, the knowledge needed was: "don't use ext2, use another choice suitable for SSDs, which is jffs2".

Apparently Acer themselves didn't know that second bit of knowledge.

Even given that Acer didn't know it, in and of itself that doesn't mean that the knowledge in Linux is intrinsically harder. A little more obscure, I will grant you ... but not actually any harder to know or find out.

One google search using keywords "filesystem" and SSD wasn't enough ... so I then tried keywords "filesystem" and "flash memory" and presto ... I found out what was needed to know (for both XP and Linux). It took no more than a minute.

Edited 2008-09-05 15:46 UTC

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