The Technocracy

Who will win the Battle for your Desktop?

win 7 vs linux vs mac

The biggest advantage that Linux has over Windows and Mac OS X is customizability and choice. Even with Windows you get at most 3-6 different versions (Win 7 has 3 versions) and they are functionally all the same (your just paying extra for stuff you should have in the base version). As a result with Linux you are more likely to find a Linux distro that does exactly what you want. If a distro doesn’t do everything you want it to do, you are free to make it do what you want it to do (with no legal reprecutions like with Mac OS X and Windows).

Linux’s greatest disadvantage is the lack of commercial software available. While you do have access to millions of FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) programs, there is a shortage of commercial titles for Linux.

Before buying a notebook, many shoppers start with one fundamental question: Am I a Mac or a PC? Ad campaigns for Apple and Microsoft sling mud in both directions, without providing a clear picture of each platform’s pros and cons. So, I’ve put aside the hype for these 3 operating systems with our hands-on, head-to-head comparison of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7. Each company offers a number of fresh features that bring the two warring desktop environments close together when it comes to ease of use and raw performance. But there’s a difference between capability and execution.

For testing, we pitted a 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2.26-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 9400M GPU, 5,400-rpm, 160GB hard drive) against an 2 identically configured 13.3-inch Dell XPS Studio 13 one with linuxmint 8 the other with win7 so we could concentrate on the benefits and disadvantages of each operating system. We ran our standard array of performance tests on each notebook, comparing boot times, battery life, computing power, graphics performance, and a host of other factors. Consider this the ultimate OS score card.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

We used Geekbench, an application that measures CPU and RAM performance, to gauge our MacBook Pro’s computing prowess. It notched a score of 3,543 in Snow Leopard, and 2,789 when we used Boot Camp to run the program under a Windows 7 partition. Also in Boot Camp, we got a score of 3,207 on PCMark Vantage, which measures Windows performance. In addition, the system copied a 4.97GB folder of mixed media at a swift rate of 21.5 MBps on our LAPTOP Transfer Test (19.2 MBps within Boot Camp).

Windows 7

Our Dell PC notched 2,586 in Geekbench, which was about 200 points below the MacBook Pro’s Boot Camp score. However, its PCMark Vantage tally of 3,374 was slightly better than the MacBook Pro’s. It completed copying our 4.97GB folder at a decent rate of 17.8 MBps, but this was still far slower than Apple.

Winner: LinuxMint.

LinuxMint proved to have superior overall system performance. It also ran Windows 7 smoothly in virtualbox.

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April 11, 2010 - Posted by | Os wars | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Been running PCLinuxOS for around 4 years now and love it.
    I can do the same and way more than I could on Windows and all without the constant threat of viruses etc etc Things work a lot faster as well because of the lighter system load ie no AV, spyware etc running in the background.
    Even though Linux is totally free to download, install and redistribute, I am more than happy to donate a reasonable sum each year to the developer in appreciation of a job well done.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 | Reply


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