Why Ubuntu 10.10 is better than Windows XP?

I want to preface this with the following: I don’t want to pull a fanboy move here. The only thing I assert is that a recent OS (ie. Ubuntu 10.10) can give a considerable performance improvement (without changing the hardware) compared to an almost 10 year old OS (Windows XP).

Without further ado, compiling a large(ish) Java project on Windows XP:

real    3m16.776s
user    0m2.333s
sys     0m0.796s

And Ubuntu 10.10:

real    1m32.169s
user    2m10.488s
sys     0m12.677s

More than twice as fast! Neat!

Update: a friend just got a newer machine with better processor (Core i5 vs Core Duo) with Windows 7. The new machine with Windows 7 compiles the project in ~1m50s, so still Ubuntu seems to be the better choice.


One response to “Why Ubuntu 10.10 is better than Windows XP?”

  1. I've also experienced the same compiling our Clojure project. Here are approx compile times:

    Win7 – 7 minutes
    Ubuntu 10.04 (Virtualbox) over Win7 – 2 minutes
    Ubuntu 10.10 – 4 minutes
    Ubuntu 10.10 (Virtualbox) over Ubuntu 10.10 – 2 minutes

    I don't know how to explain the Virtualbox times tho.

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