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?