A few apps are slow to start on my Win7 laptop, and they seem faster on Linux, even on lower-specced hardware:
- Win7, 32-bit: Lenovo G570, Pentium B940 CPU (Sandy Bridge, 2 GHz, 2-core/2-thread, 2MB L3 cache, 1333 FSB), 3 GB RAM DDR3, Intel video.
- Linux (Manjaro, XFCE), 32-bit: Acer TravelMate 5310, Celeron M520 (Merom-L, 1.6 Ghz, 1-core/1-thread, 1 MB L2 cache, 533 FSB), 2 GB RAM DDR2, Intel video.
Starting GIMP 2.8:
- Win7: 62 seconds (most of the time taken by the parsing of the 315 fonts)
- Linux: 18 seconds (only some 90 fonts)
Android Studio, starting it and fully loading the same simple project (until the disk activity stops):
- Win7: about 4 minutes
- Linux: about 3:30 minutes
Android Studio, hitting Run for a compiled project, starting the emulator, booting Android in emulator, installing the APK and opening the app:
- Win7: about 7:30 minutes
- Android: about 8:30 minutes
That last one was strange. So Linux is not necessarily faster — but note that it runs on slower hardware!