"A much-touted benefit of Linux is that it is more efficient
than Microsoft Windows, and will therefore perform better on less
than cutting-edge hardware. This performance makes Linux a very
attractive upgrade for the many people who have old Windows 98-era
boxes still sitting around that are no longer being treated to the
latest and greatest software (particularly security patches).
"The truth of the matter, however, is that while the Linux
kernel can still be configured to be reasonably small and
efficient, as new computers have increased in power, many Linux
desktop environments (such as KDE and GNOME) have added lots of
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