Windows XP tested on OLPC XO notebook…can you guess how it performed?
I wouldn’t exactly call Microsoft Windows XP a speed demon. Sure, compare it to Vista on the same hardware and in relative terms its fast, but on its own…eh.
So what do you suppose it would be like running Windows XP on OLPC’s tiny XO PC with an AMD Geode LX-700 processor, 256MB of RAM and a 4GB flash drive?
If you guessed painfully slow it seems you’ve nailed it.
Laptop Mag got there hands on one and put it through some tests and here are some highlights of what they found:
- Boot time: 1 minute and 24 seconds
- Opening PowerPoint: 15 seconds
- Oopening Word 2003: 42 seconds
Once you get an application running you’d be best to concentrate on that one as running more than one application at once makes things even slower; it’s not really a multi-tasker.
No real surprises, honestly. Terrible? No, not really, but not for everyone. I think I would kill myself if I had to use that everyday.
For some more details or to see a couple of videos of XP on the XO in action check out this post.