Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Benchmarks Here is the continuation of a series of comparison tests that is without doubt bound to cause a huge amount of controversy: Workstation Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux There are performance wins and losses on both sides of the fence, but Ubuntu compares very well with Windows 7, and no doubt these tests indicate a much closer performance comparison than most people would have expected.
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marcus0263
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2007-06-02

Odd, I've had the exact opposite experience. You could open up solitaire and have a movie playing and it'll choke both apps under Windows 7. Under Linux, I could watch a movie, encode another one, copy huge files, and generally have a crapload of things open.

You could say it's the hardware, but I have a Core 2 Quad, with 4GB of Ram and an Asus P5Q. Not the newest tech on the market, but certainly not ancient.

Sounds to me like some people just have faulty SATA Controllers, or bad drives. Linux sometimes shows things that Windows does not.

Funny story, a friend of mine complained that her computer was really slow. So I went to check it out... it wasn't just slow.. it would take 15 minutes for the right click menu to come up in XP. So I installed Fedora on it. Fedora actually complained about disk I/O errors. Turned out her hard drive was failing in a horrible way. New hard drive and it worked properly again.

As always it comes down to the best tool for the Job. Windows is the Best out of the two for video games and Linux is the Best for everything else. For the record, copying things in Nautilus is not really the same as copying things on a command line or with rsync. It has gotten a lot better though in the last few years for Gnome / Nautilus.


Yep, I run Linux on a number of box's. I needed to test Win7 had it loaded on my Netbook, surprised but it ran rather well. But of course Aero was turned off. anyway I loaded up Linux, run all the gee whiz bang 3D/Transparency and run multiple apps which would choke Win7. Also with Windows you also need to run many resource sucking programs like Antivirus, it all adds up.

Bottom line any of the *nix's are light years ahead of Microsoft especially in regards to threading and SMP. Watch a system with Windows running mulitple CPU's and/or cores and you'll see the stair stepping of the Windows, where as the *nix's balance them out rather well. Sun Solaris handles threads extremely well, bout the best that I know of.

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jrash Member since:
2008-10-28

Well I run multiple distros on a bunch of machines, CentOS on a quad Opteron server, Ubuntu Lucid on my desktop, and Ubuntu Karmic Netbook remix on my eeePC 1000, etc. If I dd /dev/zero to a file or copy some files using Nautilus or cp the system will start to become unresponsive. Windows will gray out, the mouse will stutter and then freeze and launching any new apps will take forever. I have looked and other people seem to have the same issues, even coming up with hacks like "ioReniceD" to ionice background processes. What needs to be done is for the IO scheduler to actively adjust priorities to insure fluid interactivity with the GUI, but seeing that Linux is primarily a server OS kernel I don't see this happening anytime soon.

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