Embedded XP faster than linux ?

Straight from Planet Debian:

no matter how optimized the software base and compiler options, no matter which build environment was used (Thin Station, Open Embedded, Gentoo, etc.), we couldn't get a performance that was remotely usable:
* Boot time goes well over a minute, which is way too slow.
* The graphic environment is sluggish, to say the least.


Then came the proposal from our team's lone Windows guy: XP Embedded. Booted in less than 10 seconds, has a graphical environment that is usable out of the box and integrating the customer's application was a breeze.


This is very interesting. I always assumed that Windows software was clunky, but it appears to be very well optimized (in the embedded world)
Something new for the embedded linux people to shoot for: beating Windows XP Embedded