Today I stand amazed.
I am getting a new computer shortly, and will be putting linux on it, specifically Ubuntu (mainly because I already have the cds). I thought I would have a go with blender just to check that there were no nasty suprises in store for me.
So, I fired it up on my laptop. The shock here was this was instant. No loading time at all, as soon as I had clicked it, it was open.
Many of you may not see this as major. However, in windows it takes about 5-10 seconds to fully load. Also, this was with a live cd, on a system with 192 megs of ram and loading blender from a USB (1.1) stick.
So, how did it fare rendering and modelling?
Again, much better than windows. I cant use blender on my laptop since it is too slow, mainly due I think to my graphics card. Not so on Ubuntu, where it powered through everything that had slowed me down before. No lag, quicker renders, the UI was smooth and nicely animated.
I am going to run a few benchmarks later on, so Ill post them here.
I am gobsmacked, truly I am. I have such high hopes for my new system now :D! Faster graphics card, processor, more ram, and running off of the hard disk rather than a CD.
Many, many thumbs up for linux in general and Ubuntu in particular. Also a big thank you to all the coders who have worked on blender, making it so streamlined (and free!).