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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RE: This is anti-MS propaganda
by Gullible Jones on Mon 13th May 2013 12:58 UTC in reply to "This is anti-MS propaganda"
Gullible Jones
Member since:
2006-05-23

You lost me on the VMs bit. 1 GB Ubuntu VMs on a powerful machine like what you describe will work just as well as Windows. Hell, on a Core 2 Duo you can run Unity 3D with no hardware acceleration, on one core. That's how damn powerful modern CPUs are.

ATM I'm running Linux with the Mate desktop on a 1 GB Intel Atom netbook with trashy Intel graphics, less powerful than the obsolete configuration you mention. It's about as fast as Windows XP - i.e. not very, but usable.

OTOH, Gnome 3 makes this netbook cry. Thus, I reiterate: the problem is the desktop stack.

Edited 2013-05-13 12:58 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Why does Ubuntu run like crap on virtual box then, while Windows 8 runs nice and smoothly?

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

that's your argument, seriously? LOL

Edited 2013-05-13 18:40 UTC

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

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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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Why does Ubuntu run like crap on virtual box then, while Windows 8 runs nice and smoothly?


What virtual hardware are you using? Emulated drivers like IDE/SATA/e1000? Or virtio drivers? If you aren't using virtio, performance will be horrible, regardless of which OS you use.

And no "defaults suck! I don't want to tune! Wah!" is not an answer to why one OS works well and another doesn't.

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