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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I really have to call BS on this. I've used the nouveau driver; 2D performance was visibly worse than with the nVidia blob, and it was very unstable to boot.

I've also used KDE 4.10. Things like window resizing and alt-tab lag like crazy, and login can take 30 seconds even on very fast computers.

Now sure, if you have a quad-core Intel i5 desktop with 8 GB of RAM, a high-end nVidia card, and a nice big SATA hard drive, everything will be snappy. But that's not KDE or nouveau being overwhelmingly fast, that's your computer being overwhelmingly fast. I really don't think one should need an overwhelmingly fast computer just for the default desktop to perform well.

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