Linux with Wine is faster than windowsXP?

ErV ErV2005 at
Sun Nov 5 17:22:41 CST 2006

Sunday, November 5, 2006, 10:40:33 PM, Stefan wrote:

> Am Sonntag 05 November 2006 19:46 schrieb Aaron Slunt:
>> On 11/5/06, ErV <ErV2005 at> wrote:
>> > Dmitry<dmitry at> wrote:
>> > > Calculating PI is not a representative OS performance test at all,
>> > > since it doesn't involve actual OS facilities and mostly uses CPU math
>> > > power only.
>> >
>> > Well, I'm not talking about a performance. Since calculating PI is a
>> > pure CPU-related task, results must be same or linearly dependand. As I
>> > understand, WINE
>> > does not modify program, just loads it and resolve references to
>> > dlls to correct equivalents. But calculation times surely aren't
>> > linearly dependant nor equal. Why?
>> >
>> > Victor "ErV" Eremin.
>> You forget, there are different processes between different OSs that are
>> running, which affects cpu load...
> What also affects the performance is the performance of the operating systems
> process managament and memory management. Linux does a pretty good job with
> memory management, and this can be seen when windows apps are run with wine.

> Benchmarks in the past have shown that cpu-dependent operations are equally
> fast, memory intensive ones are faster in wine, while graphics(2D gdi) are
> much slower in wine.

> In this case, I think, background processes make the difference. Was the
> windows box free of malware? Any firewall, virus scanner, quick launch tray
> applets running?

Well, it isn't possible to make OS states identical, since they are
different. Situation was as "identical" as possible. No additional
background jobs\applets were running. I had opened browser and
established connection in both cases. But connection/browser were
inactive/doing nothing... It's difficult to make sure what were doing
something and what were not...

I guess the reason of speedup is memory
managment. I suppose it run slower on my friends' computer because he
uses KDE, and that desktop uses more background jobs|memory...

Thanks for the answer.

Best regards, Victor "ErV" Eremin.(mailto:ErV2005 at

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