Originally Posted by Bjorn
Thunder, quit your baggin' on Windows. Do some research on just how much better it is then Linux and Mac OS before you bother complaining about the best of the breed. The more you honestly dig into it, the more impressive the work the lads in Redmond have done will seem.
Windows XP is not truly a Microsoft production. Windows NT started out life as IBM's OS/2, and at it's core, still has a lot of IBM code. That's the only reason why Windows NT based operating systems are any good at all. So, the "work the lads in Redmond have done will seem" far less impressive, knowing that the core kernel of Windows XP started out as OS/2.
Interesting source: http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/OS2History.html
There are much more intensive looks at Windows NT and OS/2. I just wish people would do research before they get upset over their favorite OS. Truth: Microsoft owns rights to many operating systems other than Windows, including MacOS, Xenix (a UNIX clone), and OS/2. Why would they need that if the boys and girls at Redmond were working so very hard? And isn't it strange that Windows is about 3-5 years behind in technology than other operating systems?
EDIT: Oh, and personal experience. I use Overnet to download programs; mostly ISOs of Linux, or the occasional game which I've cracked or destroyed over the years. After downloading a 600+ MB file, in Windows my system drops to a crawl, even after Overnet has finished checking and verifying the file. In Linux, you don't notice a performance hit at all. And that's with Linux being on the slower drive. Linux is on a 6 GB, 33 MB/s, 5400 RPM drive. Windows is on a 60 GB, 100 MB/s, 7200 RPM drive. Now that's very bad for Windows XP SP1.
Part of the reason why Linux is so much better at virtual memory has to do with how it swaps memory. Windows makes a swap file, and if you know anything about how Windows handles files, you'd know that (for the sake of complexity) fragmentation is a huge issue to worry about. Even the swap file gets fragmented, which works slower than defragmented files. Linux uses it's own partition for memory swapping, and doesn't have to worry about more files being transfered to the drive, or how corrupted your partition already is. On boot up, that partition is blank!