Windows and Linux: Speeds Opposite Yet Equal

I started college in the summer of 2010, and one of the gifts I had received from my parents was a new laptop to help me get started with this new form of schooling. Of course, the laptop came with Windows 7, but I had always had a desire to try out Linux. As a Windows user, I wanted to experiment with a different operating system to see what it was like. When I unwrapped this brand new laptop, I never even gave Windows 7 the chance of creating me as a user. I immediately installed Ubuntu, and loved it from the get go.

Screen shot 2015-07-29 at 10.19.35 AM.pngFast forward a few years, and I'm looking to try something else.  For me, Ubuntu was great, but I wanted something less bloated that would run faster. Thus, I gave Debian a shot. Installing Debian was both a great and bad decision at the same time. It gave me the less bloated and faster experience I was looking for, but Debian is a little harder to work with printers, smartphones, and tablets than Ubuntu is. A true trade off.

A month ago, there came a need for me to purchase another Windows laptop. Unfortunately, I needed to download and use a very important program that simply could not work with Linux. Thus, I use both Windows and Linux regularly and have discovered something odd: neither one is really superior to the other when it comes to speed. They are completely opposites yet equal in the sense that Windows is much faster to start up and turn off, yet Linux is much faster in everything between.

One would think that being faster during actual usage is the better route, but the painful amount of time needed to turn on a computer and turn it off negates these benefits. As a Windows and Linux user, I can't really say that one is vastly superior to the other. It all just depends on how adventurous you are with technology.


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