Linux Versus Windows 10

Linux Versus Windows 10 and 8.1

I used to be a fan of Linux and found it a far more robust and quicker operating system than MS Windows. In the last year I became drawn back into the Windows environment as my old Linux based laptops started dying and I had to replace them.  I replaced them with second-hand machines, laptops, which mainly were sourced on EBay, and as I wasn’t drawn to buying a secondhand Mac the machines I bought obviously had MS Windows installed.

As I used to work in IT I have a good awareness of good build quality and what is available so for general use  and as a desktop replacement I bought a 17inch Sony Vaio, it has:

CPU-Z  
   
Binaries  
CPU-Z version 1.75.0.x64
   
Processors  
Number of processors 1
Number of threads 8
   
APICs  
Processor 0
     — Core 0
         — Thread 0 0
         — Thread 1 1
     — Core 1
         — Thread 0 2
         — Thread 1 3
     — Core 2
         — Thread 0 4
         — Thread 1 5
     — Core 3
         — Thread 0 6
         — Thread 1 7
   
Timers  
     ACPI timer 3.580 MHz
     HPET timer 14.318 MHz
     Perf timer 2.144 MHz
     Sys timer 1.000 KHz
   
   
Processors Information  
Processor 1 ID = 0
     Number of cores 4 (max 8)
     Number of threads 8 (max 16)
     Name Intel Core i7 3632QM
     Codename Ivy Bridge
     Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
     Package (platform ID) Socket 988B rPGA (0x4)
     CPUID 6.A.9
     Extended CPUID 6.3A
     Core Stepping E1/L1
     Technology 22 nm
     TDP Limit 35.0 Watts
     Tjmax 105.0 °C
     Core Speed 2893.1 MHz
     Multiplier x Bus Speed 29.0 x 99.8 MHz
     Stock frequency 2200 MHz
     Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, VT-x, AES, AVX
     L1 Data cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
     L1 Instruction cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
     L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
     L3 cache 6 MBytes, 12-way set associative, 64-byte line size
     FID/VID Control yes
   
   
     Turbo Mode supported, enabled
     Max non-turbo ratio 22x
     Max turbo ratio 32x
     Max efficiency ratio 12x
     Min Power 24 Watts
     O/C bins none
     Ratio 1 core 32x
     Ratio 2 cores 31x
     Ratio 3 cores 29x
     Ratio 4 cores 29x
     TSC 2195.2 MHz
     APERF 2893.7 MHz
     MPERF 2195.3 MHz
   
     Temperature 0 55°C (131°F) [0x32] (Core #0)
     Temperature 1 61°C (141°F) [0x2C] (Package)
     Power 0 14.84 W (Package)
     Power 1 11.21 W (IA Cores)
     Power 2 n.a. (GT)
     Power 3 3.63 W (Uncore)
     Voltage 0 0.98 Volts (VID)
   
   
   
Chipset  
Northbridge Intel Ivy Bridge rev. 09
Southbridge Intel HM76 rev. 04
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 16 GBytes
Channels Dual
Memory Frequency 798.1 MHz (1:6)
CAS# latency (CL) 11.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 11
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11
Cycle Time (tRAS) 28
Command Rate (CR) 1T
Host Bridge 0x0154
   
Memory SPD  
DIMM # 1
     SMBus address 0x50
     Memory type DDR3
     Module format SO-DIMM
     Manufacturer (ID) Crucial Technology (7F7F7F7F7F9B00000000)
     Size 8192 MBytes
     Max bandwidth PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
     Part number CT102464BF160B.M16
     Manufacturing date Week 09/Year 13
     Number of banks 8
     Nominal Voltage 1.35 Volts
     EPP no
     XMP no
     AMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
     JEDEC #1 5.0-5-5-14-19 @ 380 MHz
     JEDEC #2 6.0-6-6-16-22 @ 457 MHz
     JEDEC #3 7.0-7-7-19-26 @ 533 MHz
     JEDEC #4 8.0-8-8-22-30 @ 609 MHz
     JEDEC #5 9.0-9-9-24-33 @ 685 MHz
     JEDEC #6 10.0-10-10-27-37 @ 761 MHz
     JEDEC #7 11.0-11-11-28-39 @ 800 MHz
   
DIMM # 2
     SMBus address 0x52
     Memory type DDR3
     Module format SO-DIMM
     Manufacturer (ID) Crucial Technology (7F7F7F7F7F9B00000000)
     Size 8192 MBytes
     Max bandwidth PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
     Part number CT102464BF160B.M16
     Manufacturing date Week 09/Year 13
     Number of banks 8
     Nominal Voltage 1.35 Volts
     EPP no
     XMP no
     AMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
     JEDEC #1 5.0-5-5-14-19 @ 380 MHz
     JEDEC #2 6.0-6-6-16-22 @ 457 MHz
     JEDEC #3 7.0-7-7-19-26 @ 533 MHz
     JEDEC #4 8.0-8-8-22-30 @ 609 MHz
     JEDEC #5 9.0-9-9-24-33 @ 685 MHz
     JEDEC #6 10.0-10-10-27-37 @ 761 MHz
     JEDEC #7 11.0-11-11-28-39 @ 800 MHz
   
   
Monitoring  
Mainboard Model VAIO (0x0000012F – 0x00003158)
   
LPCIO  
Hardware Monitors  
Hardware monitor ACPI
     Temperature 0 58°C (136°F) [0xCF0] (TZS0)
     Temperature 1 43°C (109°F) [0xC5A] (TZS1)
   
Hardware monitor Battery
     Voltage 0 12.28 Volts [0x2FF4] (Current Voltage)
     Capacity 0 62640 mWh [0xF4B0] (Designed Capacity)
     Capacity 1 46070 mWh [0xB3F6] (Full Charge Capacity)
     Capacity 2 46070 mWh [0xB3F6] (Current Capacity)
     Level 0 27 pc [0x49] (Wear Level)
     Level 1 100 pc [0x64] (Charge Level)
   
Hardware monitor AMD ADL
     Voltage 0 1.00 Volts [0x3E8] (VIN0)
     Temperature 0 48°C (118°F) [0x30] (TMPIN0)
     Clock Speed 0 500.00 MHz [0x1F4] (Graphics)
     Clock Speed 1 900.00 MHz [0x1F4] (Memory)
   
   
PCI Devices  
Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x0154
     Revision ID 0x09
   
Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 1 (0x01), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x0151
     Revision ID 0x09
   
Description USB Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E31
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description Communication Device
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 22 (0x16), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E3A
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 26 (0x1A), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E2D
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description Multimedia device
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 27 (0x1B), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E20
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E10
     Revision ID 0xC4
   
Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 1 (0x01)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E12
     Revision ID 0xC4
   
Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E14
     Revision ID 0xC4
   
Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 29 (0x1D), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E26
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description PCI to ISA Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E59
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description Serial ATA Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E03
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description SMBus Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 3 (0x03)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x8086
     Model ID 0x1E22
     Revision ID 0x04
   
Description VGA Controller
Location bus 1 (0x01), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x1002
     Model ID 0x6841
     Revision ID 0x00
   
Description Multimedia device
Location bus 1 (0x01), device 0 (0x00), function 1 (0x01)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x1002
     Model ID 0xAA90
     Revision ID 0x00
   
Description Network Controller
Location bus 2 (0x02), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x168C
     Model ID 0x0032
     Revision ID 0x01
   
Description Ethernet Controller
Location bus 14 (0x0E), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
     Vendor ID 0x10EC
     Model ID 0x8168
     Revision ID 0x07
   
   
DMI  
DMI BIOS
     vendor Insyde Corp.
     version R0140D6
     date 08/23/2012
     ROM size 6656 KB
   
DMI System Information
     manufacturer Sony Corporation
     product SVE1712Z1EB
     version C904MZ0H
     serial 54511133-0005403
     UUID {03AA14E1-19FB-11E2-9B7A-F7DE08B40BCB}
     SKU 54511133
     family VAIO
   
DMI Baseboard
     vendor Sony Corporation
     model VAIO
     revision N/A
     serial N/A
   
DMI System Enclosure
     manufacturer Sony Corporation
     chassis type Notebook
     chassis serial N/A
   
DMI Processor
     manufacturer Intel(R) Corporation
     model Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
     clock speed 2200.0 MHz
     FSB speed 100.0 MHz
     multiplier 22.0x
   
DMI OEM Strings
     string[0] 1086173627B
     string[1] FNC-EXTB
     string[2] B73J39Te5X0HbsWM5X6NQMWM4PU7Op2QqHCvmnqXOHbsbe5X6N
     string[3] Reserved
     string[4] 8.1.0.1248
   
DMI Physical Memory Array
     location Motherboard
     usage System Memory
     correction None
     max# of devices 2
   
DMI Memory Device
     designation SODIMM1
     format SODIMM
     type unknown
     total width 64 bits
     data width 64 bits
     size 8192 MBytes
   
DMI Memory Device
     designation SODIMM2
     format SODIMM
     type unknown
     total width 64 bits
     data width 64 bits
     size 8192 MBytes
   
   
Graphics  
Number of adapters 1
   
Graphic APIs  
API ATI I/O
API ADL SDK
   
Display Adapters  
Display adapter 0
     Name AMD Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series
     Board Manufacturer 0x104D (0x90AC)
     Memory size 2 GB
     PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 0 (0x0), function 0 (0x0)
     Vendor ID 0x1002 (0x104D)
     Model ID 0x6841 (0x90AC)
     Performance Level 0
         Core clock 300.0 MHz
         Memory clock 150.0 MHz
     Performance Level 1
         Core clock 400.0 MHz
         Memory clock 900.0 MHz
     Performance Level 2
         Core clock 500.0 MHz
         Memory clock 900.0 MHz
   
Win32_VideoController AdapterRAM = 0x80000000 (2147483648)
Win32_VideoController DriverVersion = 13.251.9001.1001
Win32_VideoController DriverDate = 07/04/2014
   
Monitor 0
     Model ()
     ID CMO1720
     Serial
     Manufacturing Date Week 2, Year 2011
     Size 17.1 inches
     Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
     Horizontal Freq. Range 0-0 kHz
     Vertical Freq. Range 0-0 Hz
     Max Pixel Clock 0 MHz
     Gamma Factor 2.2
   
   
Software  
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 8.1 (6.3) Enterprise N 64-bit (Build 9600)
DirectX Version 11.0
   

So all in all it is a pretty good spec and has Windows 8.1 on it which I quite detest. I have windows 10 on another machine, a lower spec HP Laptop and I can quite get on with Windows 10, however I am now thinking of converting both back to Ubuntu or similar which I really liked.

I cannot upgrade the Vaio to Windows 10 for free as it is an Enterprise installation of Windows 8.1

What would you do ??:

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