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Face Off: Windows vs Linux Real World RAM and Disk Tests

Jul 23, 2008, 02:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M Williams)

"Windows’ memory usage went up by 0.07GB, or 71.68MB. The CPU still fluctuated madly but hung around 20%. Under Fedora, memory usage increased by only 50MB and with a maximum processor utilisation of 4%, shortly resuming to 1% while sitting idle (with Windows still jumping all about.) Closing each application did release the memory and this was reliably repeated over several tests. However, opening Microsoft Word multiple times – including with a large 53 page document – did consume substantially more memory than the equivalent actions and document with OpenOffice Writer. Additionally, Fedora’s processor usage remained in low numbers, and barely rose above 1% when idle."

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