Feb 5, 2009

Benchmarked: Ubuntu vs Vista vs Windows 7

Recent and controversial benchmarks for Windows 7 leave an important question unanswered: 'Is it faster than GNU/Linux?' Here, at last, is a benchmark that pits Ubuntu, Vista and Windows 7 against each other on the same modern hardware. From install time to GUI efficiency, Ubuntu beats Windows and is often twice as fast. Where Windows 7 is competitive, the difference is something the average user would not notice. The average GNU/Linux user is now getting better absolute performance from their computer as well as better value than the average Windows user.

The tests performed for each operating system were:

* How long does each operating system take to install?
* How much disk space was used in the standard install?
* How long does boot up and shutdown take?
* How long does it take to copy files from USB to HD, and from HD to HD?
* How fast can it execute the Richards benchmark?

The test also kept track of, something as unusual as, how many mouse clicks it took to install each OS.

Read the full article here...

Source: Slashdot

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