"Two months ago, I wanted to compare Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux
in terms of applications performance. I thought that since most of
Linux programs are cross-platform and available for Windows, it
could be a good idea to see how only platform change can affect the
performance of a particular application. One of my reasons was also
to verify whether or not Linux is capable of getting the most out
of new hardware technologies. However, I only had a Pentium 4 HT
machine, and even though I went ahead with the test, I knew it was
not going to answer that.
"A lot has happened since; Ubuntu 8.04 came out, and I was happy
with it. Microsoft finalized their third service pack for Windows
XP, and best of all I upgraded my PC with an AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+
CPU, 2GB DDR2-800 RAM and a GeForce 8600GT VGA card..."