Is Linux really faster than MS Windows ?

Ben Sheron ben at
Thu Mar 10 13:24:23 UTC 2005

Thank you for correcting that error.  I agree, Linux does tend to have a
lot more going on at startup.  Luckily you can turn off all of those
services, like SMB.  I believe Windows leaves this on by default?


On Tue, 2005-03-08 at 23:39 +0000, James Wilkinson wrote:
> Ben Sheron wrote:
> > Fedora has a lot of stuff added to the kernel;
> Erm: that's ambiguous.
> Fedora contains a lot of programs that it runs on top of the kernel. But
> the Fedora kernel is not heavily patched: see
> for a full list of what
> was in a fairly recent update, and note that most of the patches are
> very small "fix" patches.
> But it's the programs that run at startup that slow down Linux booting.
> And a lot of those just aren't found in a typical Windows desktop: there
> won't be a mail server or proxy server. There probably won't be a
> network time daemon, web server, or ftp server. There will be a much
> less versatile firewall.  There'll be much less support for network
> services beyond what Samba provides.
> Also, Fedora's automatic hardware detection and configuration is better
> than Windows (and that's saying something: it's one of the areas that
> Microsoft has really concentrated on). The price is a slightly slower
> boot as Fedora redetects all the hardware.
> James.
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