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I have two VMs configured identically (hardware wise), the only difference is that the Windows XP one is uber fast and the Xubuntu very slow. I know this is an open ended question, but would anyone have any hunches on why?

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How did you benchmark your system performance? –  Takkat Aug 19 '12 at 12:20
    
after 2 months xp would get slower, and what is more, try to see even now how the latest versions of Firefox or Chrome fare on the two systems –  cipricus Aug 27 '12 at 14:35

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If it's a fresh install of XP (without updates, antivirus and everything else you need) then it will seem very fast compared with Xubuntu.

The minimum & recommended RAM for Xubuntu are 256mb & 512mb, which is 4 time more than XP.

Lubuntu would provide similar performance to XP.

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