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LinuxDevCenter: Linux vs. Windows Metrics--Nothing Is Quite What It Seems To Be

May 03, 2008, 00:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

"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..."

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