[ubuntu-uk] Application responsiveness, Windows and Ubuntu

Chris Rowson christopherrowson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 21:56:29 BST 2008

Hi there,

My little boy likes playing various flash based games from children's
websites. I find that in Ubuntu, many of these run pretty badly and as
this is all he uses my old laptop for, I decided to put Windows XP
back onto it to see the if it would make any difference for him.

I've just installed Firefox 3 Beta 5, Flash and a Java runtime
environment and seen how it runs.

Strangely Firefox runs about twice as fast under Win XP than on Hardy
(although Hardy is on a laptop which is twice as powerful). Rendering
and application response are greatly improved under Windows and Flash
content flys.

I'm bamboozled to say the least!

Are these particular applications created specifically for Windows
then ported to Linux? It's wierd, I've tried this on different
hardware and find it to be the case on the machines I've tested.

I wondered if anyone else has tried this out or have any reasons why
it would be so?


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