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We choose the best OS for netbooks

the Microsoft Company declares that Windows 7 can work without problems even at netbooks. We verified this statement and in practice compared new OS to the habitual Windows XP and Linux.

From the beginning of financial crisis of sale of computers were significantly reduced, but it did not mention at least one segment - the market of netbooks. Quite good functionality and reasonable price harmoniously fitted into current situation. And modest productivity - only a format question. However at the same time it is important that the operating system was adapted for a limited configuration. This question faced Microsoft for a long time: Windows Vista demands too many resources and is not suitable for use on netbooks. Therefore buyers could choose actually only from two systems - Linux and the Windows XP. And after experiments with the first many switch the attention to production of Microsoft. Windows 7 is capable not only it is essential to correct this situation, but also to finally monopolize OS rank for minicomputers. At least on big laptops and desktops seven XP works also quickly, as well as. But how it will behave in the conditions of limited resources? For the test we chose the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook - 2 and checked Windows 7 productivity in comparison with XP and also optimized for this class of devices by the Linux system.

interested Us two Windows 7 options: Maximum the version possessing a totality of opportunities, and facilitated Initial . We wanted to know whether the last has essential advantages in productivity. Initial it is deprived of the three-dimensional Aero interface, and also Media Center, so, there is no support of MPEG also - 2, DVD allowing to lose. In a case with Linux we stopped on the most popular Ubuntu Netbook Remix version. Resources: the highest speed - at XP

All modern netbooks possess in general a similar configuration: they work at base of the slow Atom processor, are equipped at least 1 Gbyte of RAM, and the production Intel chip is responsible for graphics. Least of all resources are required to Linux: in sleep mode it occupies less than 200 MB of random access memory and about 2 Gbytes of disk space. Means, Netbook Remix is optimized under these devices. In a case with Windows it is not necessary to speak about profitability: XP is required 250 MB of RAM, and Windows 7 - 440 MB, irrespective of the version. Besides, new OS from Microsoft cannot brag of modesty and as regards the taken place on a disk: the Windows 7 size is approximately equal to this indicator at XP and makes 7 Gbytes. However, concerning productivity small volume is not always pledge of high speed. Though Linux also starts less services and tasks, this OS needs more time for start, than to products from Microsoft. As for copying of large volumes of data, here distinctions make only a few seconds. We in addition measured distinctions in the power of versions of Windows by means of Banchmark PCMark 05 which, however, does not work with Linux. At the same time XP became the absolute winner with advantage approximately in 150 points. There is no wonder, one of the most essential innovations of Windows 7 is use of the video card for computing operations, for example displays of windows. Thanks to it new OS reaches such indicators which not on XP forces. But on the netbook from this function is not present any I pound. A little also the fact that in " helps; Initial effects are cut down: the result is only a little best of all, than in Maximum . We tested, how well standard applications (The Internet, multimedia and archivers) work in different OS. Distinctions when using Firefox are especially visible 3. 5: JavaScript Linux obviously lagged behind competitors. And from the local hard drive OS from Microsoft cope with the test CSS page better, especially Windows 7. Multimedia appendices: Windows 7 without problems during testing of multimedia applications the utility of VLC Media Player had to reproduce MPEG - movies in standard DVD - quality and trailers of high resolution. The MPEG files were played without pritormazhivaniye. However, at the same time load of the processor in Linux made slightly more than 30% while in Windows it did not exceed 20%. Won against Windows 7 " this test; Initial as to the Aero interface in Maximum versions are required additional resources. When playing a trailer from times - the solution of 19201080 points netbooks usually give in: their power is not enough, and the image brakes so sil - but that video becomes similar to the filmstrip. In general in each OS about 8% of shots are lost. And especially users of the Windows XP were not lucky: this system needs a player from the third-party developer, for example VLC. And here at seven there is a built-in decoder H. 264 for viewing of video of high resolution. The quality trailer brakes a little too, but Windows Media Player reproduces it so smoothly that viewing is quite possible. The best player for Linux - MPlayer - cannot contend in productivity with the Windows 7 decoder. For converting of video we used freely extended ON Handbrake and turned the movie of the MPEG format into the file suitable for playing for iPhone (Handbrake uses in a kachestvedekoder of x264). In Linux productivity of Handbrake makes only eight frames a second, and all three Windows versions master ten frames. When converting movies Windows XP is ahead of the others a little. Most it is observed also when archiving with use of the tool of the command line bzip2. So, on processing of the file in 240 MB of the Windows XP about 4 minutes were required, and vlinux on it leaves on 30 with more. In addition for archiving we used WinRAR and the rar tool which is built in Linux. At this Linux significantly concedes: compression of 1360 files in RAR - storage took nearly 16 minutes, and WinRAR in the Windows XP coped with this task slightly more than in 12 minutes. In general the tested applications work in Windows slightly better though Linux is less exacting to resources. Windows 7 can have problems during the work on devices from 512 MB of random access memory. For Linux it is not a limit of opportunities.

Though Microsoft also claims that Windows 7 is ideal for netbooks, but so far it is not configured under them. Productivity Initial versions are slightly higher, than at

Maximum but distinctions are small. Safety: carelessness together with Linux Creators of malicious applications are guided by Windows - the most popular system therefore owners of Linux can relax. Besides in this OS the ordinary user has no rights of the administrator. So, in Ubuntu installation of the new program is possible only with the password of root. It is familiar to users of Vista on UAC (User Account Control - control of accounts), but in a case with Linux the password is requested nevertheless not so often. Since Vista, Windows provides protection of the computer against harmful consequences of overflow of the buffer. So it is more difficult to crack Windows 7, than Linux. And here XP from this point of view became simply outdated. In the field of data security of Windows 7 offers the extensive concept which includes tools for recovery of data and creation of backup copies. The user of XP should look for third-party programs with similar functionality. In Ubuntu Netbook Remix the regular tool for the solution of similar tasks is not installed by default, but it can be added manually. In general all tested systems without problems work at netbooks, but only Linux is really optimized under them. Unfortunately, for a victory over the commercial competitor of this OS there is no productivity

the Ideal operating system for netbooks still it is necessary to create.

Still quicker than others works with the Windows XP - Linux protects resources. However both OS will soon concede superiority of Windows 7: thanks to all to the improving configurations of netbooks at seven there is every chance in the near future to bypass both XP, and Linux.

Race heads XP

the Old Windows XP solves problems quicker, than new, later OS. Only during the work in the Network it is advanced by Windows 7.