June 18, 2019

INFOGRAPHIC: Linux vs. Windows for Small Business Productivity

by James Mawson

About the Laptop

This laptop is a cheap and cheerful HP 245 G6 with an AMD E2-9000e APU.

The Windows partition has barely been touched, except to install Linux Mint and to install the software required for these tests. The Windows partition has Windows Defender antivirus switched on. Both partitions use Dropbox.

Which Versions of Each Software Package Were Used?

  • Firefox: Both partitions use 67.
  • Slack: Both partitions use 3.4.2.
  • LibreOffice: The Linux partition uses 6.0.7, while the Windows partition uses 6.2.
  • GIMP: The Linux partition uses 2.8.22, while the Windows partition uses 2.10.

Wouldn’t Microsoft Office/Adobe Creative Cloud be the Better Comparison?

I felt that the fairest comparison would be to used popular applications that had versions native to both Linux and Windows, and then to test the exact same operations on the exact same files.

To the extent that both GIMP and LibreOffice are both open source written primarily for the Linux, this may still not be completely unskewed.

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