This post will go over a controversial YouTube video with a fine tooth comb. The reason why I find this so controversial is that the video is presented in such a way that it makes it seems like one operating system is a lot better then the other. My mother always told me to take everything with a grain of salt and this video is no exception. 😉
Please read the whole article before you watch the video. I am hoping you pickup on the same items that I did on my first watch of it.
The whole setup of this video seems to be done in such a way as to make the watcher think that these two laptops are identical. They never post any of the specs for either of the laptops. In order to make a judgment we can’t assume that these are the same machine just because they look identical. This is the weakest argument and I figured I get it out of the way first.
The biggest piss off of this whole video is that the people who did this made sure to disable the 3D effects or at least use a very stripped down 3D version of Ubuntu. Unlike the Ubuntu rig, the Windows 7 machine is using the Windows default settings. Aero (the interface) is full on so you can enjoy all the 3D goodness. So what you just showed me in the video is that an OS without 3D effects boots faster then an OS with 3D. Well duh! Anyone who is anyone could probably guess that!
Another item that could play into the whole longer boot time is there is most likely an antivirus program that get loaded on Windows. Depending on the manufacturer (ahem Symantec/Norton/McAfee/fSecure) a machine’s boot time can be lengthened substantially!
The person shooting the video also opens Firefox and it SEEMS to open faster on the Ubuntu machine then the Firefox does on the Windows machine. I found this one really funny! (You could almost call this one a blooper that could actually hurt the whole “Ubuntu is better then Windows 7” theme). When the Firefox opens in Ubuntu. Look at the “Bookmarks” section. Notice anything? I will Give you a hint!
Count how many favorites the browser has! It is using the default Firefox bookmarks! Now…
The Windows Firefox takes so much longer to load. Is this a sign of Bad programming on Microsoft’s part or Firefox?
(Something to think about.)
The next thing to look at is the “Bookmarks” on the windows 7 machine! How many bookmarks does it have? It actually looks like someone actually used Firefox on this machine doesn’t it?
This is funny for 3 reasons.
1.) Obviously this machine must be better! Why would someone who finds an OS so slow even bother using it if they had an the exact same machine that would perform better!
2.) It’s been heavily documented that Firefox gets slower and slower as it is used. The Firefox team just finally released a hack to clean up the sqLite DB that Firefox uses to store it’s info to help speed things up. Here’s the info in the issues: http://tuxtraining.com/2009/04/15/improve-firefox-3-speeds-with-tmpfs
3.) Microsoft has always act knowledge that opening a program under windows might take a little bit longer the first time it is launched. This is do to Windows caching. One thing this video doesn’t show (they do it on purpose) is that if you were to close Firefox on both machines and then open it again. The Windows 7 machine would instantly open the Firefox program where Ubuntu would prob take 2x’s that the Windows 7 machine would. How many people leave their windows open the whole day? I don’t know very many. To me I’d prefer the ability to open subsequent windows faster then just the first one being a tiny bit faster.
There is one more thing I would like to point out that was purposelessly left out. Although Windows 7 does take a bit of time to boot (It’s on par with Windows XP and much faster then Vista) Microsoft has REALLY worked on “Standby/Hibernation”. I feel Ubuntu’s Hibernation/Sleep Mode is where Windows 2000 was. It just doesn’t work if you have 3D items enabled. With windows 7 my laptop goes to sleep in 4 seconds with about 12 applications open. To Turn it back on is about 2 Seconds.
Now with this knowledge watch the video. I don’t think you will be nearly as impressed.