I decided to try a simple little experiment today.
My laptop is dual boot with both Windows 7 and Linux Mint 11 installed. My little personal challenge was to boot into each, with a target of launching Firefox and visiting a particular website.
The first one to go was Windows 7.
It was slow, but it booted up reasonably well. Soon I had my customised desktop, but then it went through a process of loading some background programmes. It also updated the anti-virus software. As soon as it looked reasonably stable, I double clicked the Firefox icon. Nothing apparently happened, so a short while later I double clicked again. After another pause, two Firefox sessions started! I closed one. I then had to wait while all the tabs in Firefox loaded. Eventually it allowed me type in my chosen address and I accessed the site.
Time taken? 4 minutes 35 seconds.
I then powered down and tried Linux Mint.
It booted up and went through that little unnerving bit where the screen goes totally black. Eventually the desktop appeared and I clicked on the Firefox icon. As soon as the programme had loaded, I typed the target address, and accessed the site.
Time taken? 1 minute 40 seconds.
Quite an impressive difference?
I am doing a complete replacement of Windows with Linux Mint 11 later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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Katya is what I got as an ISO. I also bought a wireless NIC for my desktop PC so that and my laptop can be networked together. Tonight I’ll get the desktop up and running then probably Thursday or Friday I’ll take the plunge and be rid of Windows on my laptop.