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 lemur2 on Tue 14th May 2013 11:43 UTC in reply to "This is anti-MS propaganda"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

This is total propaganda and I am sick of it. Windows is BY FAR the fastest OS. Linux is absolute junk. While the Linux kernel may be OK...and I stress may be OK... let us not accept such things on blind faith... Linux as a complete operating system is total garbage.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10049444/International-S...

International Space Station to boldly go with Linux over Windows

Computers aboard the International Space Station are to be switched from Windows XP to the Linux operating system in an attempt to improve stability and reliability.

Dozens of laptops on the ISS's 'opsLAN' network - which provides the ship's crew with vital capabilities for day-to-day operations, from telling the astronauts where they are to interfacing with onboard cameras - will be switched, removing Windows entirely from the ISS.

“We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could," said Keith Chuvala of the United Space Alliance, which runs opsLAN for NASA.

Astronauts using the system were trained on specific courses tailored by the non-profit Linux Foundation.

Linux is already used to run various systems aboard the ISS, including the world's first 'Robonaut', sent to the Space Station in 2011. 'R2' can be manipulated by astronauts as well as ground controllers and is designed to carry out tasks "too dangerous or mundane" for astronauts in microgravity, according to the Linux Foundation.

Tailored versions of Linux are widely used in scientific projects, including CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.


http://www.pcworld.com/article/238068/how_linux_mastered_wall_stree...

How Linux Mastered Wall Street

When it comes to the fast-moving business of trading stocks, bonds and derivatives, the world's financial exchanges are finding an ally in Linux, at least according to one Linux kernel developer working in that industry.

This week, at the annual LinuxCon conference in Vancouver, Linux kernel contributor Christoph Lameter will discuss how Linux became widely adopted by financial exchanges, those high-speed computerized trading posts for stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments.

As an alternative to traditional Unix, Linux has become a dominant player in finance, thanks to the operating-system kernel's ability to pass messages very quickly, Lameter said in an interview with IDG. In fact, the emerging field of high-frequency trading (HFT) would not be possible without the open-source operating system, he argued. Lameter himself was hired as a consultant by one exchange -- he won't say which one -- based on his work in assembling large-scale Linux clusters.


http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/050276-ibm-in...

IBM, Intel and Linux dominate Top 500 supercomputer market

In terms of operating systems, 462 out of the 500 supercomputers on the list use Linux, 25 run on Unix, and just 13 are based on Windows.


Edited 2013-05-14 11:56 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

ISS are using hardened machines for outerspace, not modern machines.

Super computers != Desktop operating systems

I could go on. We are talking about primarily desktop operating systems with Windows ... and none of the examples prove it is a desktop operating system. It proves that it works well in those circumstances.

Lemur2, they guy that doesn't understand what a use case is or why it really matters when evaluating software.

Edited 2013-05-14 18:19 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

ISS are using hardened machines for outerspace, not modern machines.


So? The ISS machines, modern or otherwise, for reasons of stability and supportability, are still going to be running Linux rather than Windows XP in the future.

Super computers != Desktop operating systems


True. Having said that, supercomputers do utilise operating systems, and many of the supercomputers on the top 500 list do utilise Intel CPUs. Furthermore, for reasons of scalability and speed, 462 of the top 500 supercomputers do use a Linux kernel, and there is, after all, only one Linux kernel source tree.

I could go on. We are talking about primarily desktop operating systems with Windows ... and none of the examples prove it is a desktop operating system.


No we aren't, we are talking about operating systems. This site is called "OSNews", which is short for "Operating System News". It doesn't say "Desktop Operating System News".

Lemur2, they guy that doesn't understand what a use case is or why it really matters when evaluating software.


Lucas_maximus, the guy that doesn't know what we are talking about under the topic of "Operating System News".

Edited 2013-05-15 06:01 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

ISS are using hardened machines for outerspace, not modern machines.

Actually, there are dozens of fairly normal laptops (Thinkpads, including quite recent T400) on the ISS. The only major modification is cooling (because convection doesn't work in microgravity).

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RE[2]: This is anti-MS propaganda
by zima on Fri 17th May 2013 19:42 in reply to "RE: This is anti-MS propaganda"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

One can argue that HFT is not a good thing...

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