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I'm writting a C++ console application. Basic input output ... with <fstream>

If take the idential code and run it on Linux(RedHat) g++ vs Windows (XP) Visual C++ 2005, which is faster? Why?
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That's a loaded question.  I mean, you've got more than just the os to deal with.  The type of processor, memory, number of running programs, compiler version, etc will all determine the speed.
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YOU say, which is faster and I say WHY :-)
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It depends on the code, what compiler you are using, and it depends on how you're running it in Redhat V.S. Windows, i.e. what other programs would be running at the same time.

It might certainly run more quickly on the same hardware under Redhat, with no windowing system online at all, and nothing major running in the background, than running under Windows, where the full GUI and many more background tasks are always operating, if the system memory availability is an issue at all.


All things other than the OS being equal, the execution time should be on the same scale in either OS, for such a simple application; very likely random factors that effect program execution will have a larger effect on any one run (So you would observe runs of the same program on the same configuration that were both slower and faster than the other system).


There are of course speed differences between Windows and Linux; however, nothing in your description has singled out a specific difference as applying to your application.


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It depends also on the linux system. I would say if you run it on gentoo. with no X no other services,
It would run faster in gentoo (gentoo optimize your Linux to your computer). But for file input output you wont
perceive a difference, since this operation can be done in a i386 in the same manner. It is basically a question if dma is on or not (direct access memory, it means that the harddisk will copy without any processor operation the data on the harddisk into the memory). It depends also with you use a usb disk. In linux you can say dont synchronize, so it will be 1000 times fastr, since it writes on the memory, and only if there is not enough memory or you umount the usb disk the file will be copied to the usb, only then. Windows normally copy at the very moment.
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