Several open source applications are available on both Linux as well as Windows. This gave Mohammed Saleh the idea of comparing the performance of various of these applications on both Ubuntu 8.04 as well as Windows XP SP3, to see which of the two performed better with certain applications. The results were rather interesting.The tests he performed could be more or less grouped into multimedia related tests (Blender, Avidemux, etc.) and hard disk performance tests (the command line RAR utility and ClamAV). The results seem to indicate that Windows XP beats Ubuntu hands-down when it comes to multimedia related applications, and Ubuntu has the advantage in IO intensive applications.
Saleh also did a multitasking test. He wrote a script which performed several tasks simultaneously to see which of the two operating systems was better at multitasking. This time, Ubuntu beat Windows by a wide margin.
The methodology of the test appears to be fairly sound. The tests were performed on the exact same machine, except for one tiny detail: Windows XP was installed on a SATA disk, while Ubuntu had to settle for an ATA one. Interestingly, Ubuntu still outperformed Windows XP on IO intensive tasks.
Just so you know.
Lots of this information is inaccurate, most blatantly is that he thinks the KERNEL is what might be limiting avidemux, and such, when its infinitely more possible that ubuntulinux just hasnt enabled use of mmx/sse/sse2 asm optimizations, which ffmpeg optionally supports.
and then when he says it can cause stability problems to use the for example k8 optimized kernel, wth is that? it seems he is sadly misinformed.
the worst part is, most people believe 100% what random bozos put on their blogs, as it if was absolute truth.