[News] Windows-Linux Bechnmark Shows GNU/Linux is Lighter, Faster
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Face off: Windows vs Linux real world RAM and disk tests
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| Forget fear, uncertainty and doubt. How do Windows Vista and Linux really
| compare against each other? It’s one thing to talk about the familiar
| applications available to Windows users contrasted with the rich suite of
| free open source apps for Linux, but something totally different to actually
| compare the loads of the two operating systems as they perform functionally
| identical tasks.
| 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.
Red Hat Linux trumps Microsoft Windows in power test
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| RHEL 5 had the single widest lead, with 12% greater efficiency than Windows
| Server 2008 on IBM x3350. Results varied by hardware, but RHEL had the best
| overall performance in 13 of 16 tests and, in several trials, beat Windows by
| nearly 10% .
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