__/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Tuesday 09 May 2006 01:00 \__
> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, John A. Bailo
> on Mon, 08 May 2006 13:23:13 -0700
>> "Which is faster for stats, Linux or Apple's OS X?
>> Linux, says Jasjeet Sekhon, associate professor, Travers Department of
>> Political Science Survey Research Center at UC Berkeley."
> The webpage also includes WinXP. Benchmark 1 shows OSX Core Duo
> to be the slowest, Linux Opteron to be the fastest, with XP in the middle.
> Benchmark 2 shows Linux P4 to be the slowest and OSX Core Duo to be
> the second slowest, XP in the middle again and Linux Core Duo to be the
> Windows XP. When one wants to be squeezed in the middle. :-)
To be fair, this depends on many factors: the programming language, the
way in which the program was compiled (or, in some cases, *both* the
application which interprets the code *and* the code), the number of
background processes and even the nature of the computation.
With bloat, I doubt that Mac OS X can ever win benchmarks as such. It is
an operation system that in its core and concept is more about flash than
substance. Technical people will not deny the fact that Macs are far too
expensive to be used as affordable computational servers (or an array
thereof). Linux, on the other hand, has origins in datacentres where flash
was (historically) unimportant and fast delivery of files, execution of
files (e.g. PHP Hypertext Preprocessor), and efficient processing of data
was a clear priority. Stability and freedom from intervention was another.
On the third *cough* hand, Windows was intended to bring computers into
the homes, at lease at the time (so did the Macs).
I suppose the conclusion one can make is that Linux *was*, and still *is*,
the platform for work to be done quickly. Performance-wise, Windows may
indeed be stuck in the middle. For this argument I leave aside the
off-topic discussion where one would prove Macs and GNONE to be more
user-friendly than Windows XP, which leaves Microsoft a winner in no
department (other than marketing). But what *else* is new?
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