"10 days ago the Linux Loop blog had a post titled 'Linux Eee PC
Far Faster Than Windows Version.' I'm sure many Linux users nodded
and had assumed as much. The author compared the times of three
tasks: boot up, loading Firefox, and shutting down. That's hardly a
comprehensive set of tests. Some people commented to dismiss these
metrics as 'meaningless.' They aren't meaningless but they
certainly aren't the whole story. Others pointed out that IE on
Windows was faster than Firefox on Linux and that MS Works was
faster than OpenOffice. Some then responded that Works isn't the
equivalent of OO and that MS Office would be a better comparison.
It all got a little shrill with those who believe that Linux is
faster than Windows and those who say it isn't so talking past each
other and resolving nothing..."