Round one goes to OS X and the Apple MacBook Pro. Surprised I said that? Well, it wouldn't be a very credible blog post if I lied, and frankly I wasn't really surprised at the result. The MacBook Pro is well known to boot, suspend and resume very efficiently and quickly. I haven't yet tested the suspend/resume timings. That will come later. One thing before we get to the details of the cold boot test, the MackBook Pro didn't spank the Lenovo ThinkPad T61p with Windows XP or Windows Vista.
I set each OS to boot and automatically login to an ID. As soon as the desktop was displayed and the browser icon was visible on an application bar, it was launched. Each of the browsers were set to hit my blog homepage. IE7 was the browser used for Windows XP and Vista. I tested both Firefox and Safari on OS X. The OS X Safari combo was the fastest combination. The MacBook Pro averaged right at 60 seconds for this test. But the ThinkPad T61p with Vista and IE7 was right behind is with an average of 1:10. Windows XP with IE7 followed that with 1:15. As you can see, there was no earth shattering difference. So the bottom line on cold starts is that if you are really worried about 15 seconds each day, you have too much time on your hands. Hit the power button and get your coffee. Each of the machines will be ready when you get back.
Round Two and Three - File Copies
Round two goes to the ThinkPad T61p. The second and third round of tests were file copies. I had heard so many stories that Windows XP totally kicks Windows Vistas butt, that I really wanted to see for myself. Unfortunately I waited until after I had already installed Vista SP1 so I don't have RTM test results. The SP1 test was interesting though. I have seen reports SP1 is actually slower than Vista RTM.
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