I found out this very interesting benchmark on Linux and Windows the other day on Tuxradar.com:
The synthesis of this benchmark would be this:
Booting up time are nearly the same around 60 secondes. Linux is faster at shutting down 9 secondes vs. 14 secondes. Linux is better at copying file to HD or USB sticks. Windows is better at the Richards benchmark which measures the pure performance. And of course Linux is free which isn’t the case obviously with Windows even though the price is concealed in the price of your new computer.
These results may explain why Google wants the laptops running Chrome OS to feature a SSD drive instead of a Hard Drive. Chrome OS is based on a Linux Kernel hence its performance shouldn’t be far from this benchmark unless you change the hardware to fasten the whole system.That’s exactly what Google is endeavouring to provide an outstanding experience and make a real difference with Windows.