You want to do amateur or power-level computing? Then there is no other choice than Windows! Period.
As a Windows user you don't have to spend tons of a money for a Mac PC (sorry Mac guys but Mac is nothing else than an expensive PC now) and you don't have to waste time on forums to learn how install stuff.
All that Linux/Mac can offer you can get on Windows and get is better.
I spent many years working with Linux but it was always only my second choice.
Sorry Linux friends, but I said it.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Delphi - Testing application speed
Each test ran 4-5 times. The application priority was set to High in Task Manager.
No optimization: 2.28 sec
With FastMM4 enabled: 2.23 sec
With FastMM4 enabled and RtlVclOptimize: 2.18 sec
With FastMM4 enabled and VCLFixPack: 2.10 sec
With FastMM4 enabled and FastCode: 2.09 sec
All (FastMM4 and RtlVclOptimize and VCLFixPackand and FastCode): 2.12 sec
FastMM set on Release: 2.17 sec
FastMM set on Debug (aggressive): 4.80 sec
Unfortunately, the results are not very consistent.