On Fri, 21 Jul 2000 14:40:01 -0700, sylvain hutchison
>I've been using linux for a couple of weeks now, I really like it, why,
>well the best thing about it is that it is so fast in executing stuff,
>and practically never freezes or crashes.
>I though that linux would be faster because it doesn't have all this GUI
>for deleting/copying.. files for example, but I'm sure there must be
>other reasons why Linux is a much faster OS than windows. Anybody knwos
Another thing that makes it faster (on Intel processors, anyway) is that
Linux uses the 32-bit protected mode of the processor all the time.
Win9x shifts back and forth between 16-bit real mode and protected mode
many times a second, since DOS uses a lot of real-mode code and Win9x
still runs on top of DOS. These context switches consume processor
Win9x is also rather bad at multitasking. Try running WinAmp and
Word97 at the same time, and Word97 has visible lag on a 1-page
document. No such problem with StarOffice+xmms on Linux, even though
StarOffice is more bloated than Word97. (Again, Win9x is based on DOS
and DOS is single-tasking.)
However, a single-tasking single-user OS like Win9x has certain
advantages if you're only going to be running one thing, and that thing
does fancy 3D graphics. With this in mind, MS may be counting on the
X-Box to save them from ruin if their OS empire crumbles....
Matt G|There is no Darkness in eternity/But only Light too dim for us to see
When we get to that bridge, we'll burn it behind us, then jump.