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A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. - John Wooden
Linux is such a player. I love its awesome performance and simplicity. It's a great platform for many open source software tools. I will put some discussions and benchmarking results here. I just want share some experience of me with you.

Good articles for Linux newbies

  1. Linux is not Windows,

Small and Fast

Linux is just a kernel, in a narrow sense, while a Linux distribution, like Ubuntu, Red Hat, SuSe, is a collection of software besides the Linux kernel. Windows is a big bundle of lots of programs. Windows has many verbose processes and runs very slow. If you Google the comparison to many scientific/engineering computing software on different platforms, you will see that their Linux versions run faster than Windows version.

Back in 2009, I did a boot-up speed test on fresh installations of Ubuntu Linux 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" and Windows Vista Home Premium, using their default installation options. I tested on an HP Pavilion tx2500, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2, 3 GB memory, 250 GB 5400 RPM HD. Below is the result.

 OS boot-up time
Ubuntu Linux 9.04 32-bit
27 seconds
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
45 seconds

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