Besides the grub timeout that's often hidden in distros by plymouth, if a DHCP link is negotiated before the desktop comes up, the time it takes to negotiate that lease (some ISP's are slow) will increase the *apparent* boot time.
I've always noticed that about Windows, but it's cool to see it actually demonstrated. I have never gotten anyone (Windows or Linux and no matter their expertise) who could explain to me why this happens and why Windows progressively devours HDD space -- just vague generalities. Not that I really need to know... but something I've notivced.
Linux: You reap what you tweak.
Suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend suspend reboot suspend.
"First Cup of Ubuntu"
"Join Date: Dec. 2013"
So... you made an account on here to tell us all of this?
Also, Linux is Open-Source after all, so you could always learn a programming language or two and help fix bugs to make the operating system(s) run faster rather than bitching about it to us, who clearly don't share the same view as you do.
Windoze may or may not be faster to boot but this seems rather a minor point when you consider the endless hours you may have to spend once the machine becomes infected with Windows viruses or malware which has never been an issue for me with Linux
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I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer for a friend I work with. I have fixed this guys Windows 7 install several times now, his complaints were mostly about the computer being ridiculously slow. The computer really was slow, it took forever for the desktop to finish loading and application launch time was pretty bad too. The computer is an HP with a 2.2 GHz Celeron processor, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, 320 GB SATA hard drive, Intel on-board graphics, etc. The computer should be able to run Windows 7 or Linux just fine.
Ubuntu 13.10 runs great on my friends hardware! Windows 7 ran terrible, even after a fresh install. Yeah, it booted slightly faster with Windows but it took some time before you could launch any applications. Memory use was also pretty bad with Windows, even turning off all of the junk that ran at start up did not help much. Ubuntu 13.10 used about half the memory on start up, it did take a few seconds for apps like Firefox to launch the first time but it was still less time than it took for the Windows 7 desktop to finish loading.
With Ubuntu on this guys computer it is not going to slow down over time, he is not going to have to worry about viruses and he does not have to de-fragment the hard drive. Also, he will not have a dozen applications checking for updates and slowing his computer to a crawl. Now everything comes from one repo with no stupid toolbars and unwanted junk trashing his system. Ubuntu 13.10 is not going to pester the guy for permissions to do every little thing, he just needs to put in his password to update the system.
I just do not see Windows being faster than Linux in any sense and guess which OS is going to stand the test of time.