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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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Android != Desktop Linux.

It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.

While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Android != Desktop Linux.


Agreed. However, Android does include Linux. The Android kernel is part of the main Linux source tree.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/252137/linux_unites_with_android_add...

It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.


Hardly. Windows CE does not use the same source tree. I don't know what codebase Windows POS devices utilise.

While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.


Agreed entirely.

Therefore, if we wish to assess how many of the world's CPUs utilise a Linux kernel, we must include Android devices.

Edited 2013-05-15 05:30 UTC

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


It is like me including Windows CE PDAs and POS machines in Windows market share.


Nope. "Windows" is merely a brand used by Microsoft. It is not a particular technology. Windows CE and POS machines aren't part of the NT-based ecosystem.


While Android is Linux based, the underlying kernel could have been anything. Linux is one component of what makes Android.


Linux is by definition a kernel. So anything that uses a Linux kernel is 'Linux'. Conversely any desktop sytem that looks and behaves like a Linux distro but uses a different kernel isn't Linux.

So by definition Android is Linux and MintBSD is non-Linux.

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