Just airing my opinion in the comments section of Tux Radar. Reproduced below;
I always wondered why my first few computers were so slow & lusted after an SSD (at the time not in production except for the military.) Turns out to be a Windows thing! XP sucked the life outa my C2D setup, everything from Win2k through 7 spanks the hard disk on start up & runs like molasses. There is a reward system & community kudos for writing elegant code under Linux, Windows however? Windows just cannot compete with open source software for quality, usability & customization. Not to mention pure awesomeness!