I think Hawk is just sour that not everyone is using Windows and falling head over heels to get Windows 8. I run Windows 7 at home, however I have Arch installed on an older PC, and in VM's both at home and at work. I use cinnamon as the DE on all of them, as Clasic start menu / bar is where it's at.
I am not going to go to Windows 8, and if what people say is true about the direction of Windows I won't be going to 9 either. If by the time 9 comes out, and the move to linux by some big names really starts (as a tech push) then I don't see any reason for me not to start using Linux as a primary.
I've ordered a Raspberry PI Model B (512mb) which I plan to run Arch on and use it as a media center.
Except I run Linux as well, I have nothign against linux, I was just countering some untruths. Linux is good, but it ain't no magic pill and it's not magically faster than windows.
Does Arch have a Raspberry Pi compatible version yet ? also be aware if you want to run it as a media center, you are NOT guaranteed to be able to handle 1080 movies stutter free. If they are stereo movies at medium to low bit rate yes. But high quality, high bit rate movies in surround you may run into performance problems. and should consider one of the slightly more expensive but still cheap micro computers with the same hardware as the SGSIII, don't remember the name of the top of my head.
I'm not trying to kick anything up, but Linux runs a lot better on lower end or older computers. Take it from me: http://www.neowin.ne...n-old-computer/
Of course a stripped linux distro runs better on older computers, I already said as much. but it's also not comparable to windows in that state and has limited uses in what you can use it for. a stripped windows version will also be faster on older hardware. heck someone on this forum once made a thread abotu how he ran a special XP version that's still for sale that's a stripped version designed for terminals and POS terminals.
If you're comparing direct consumer grade OS to Consumer grade OS with Linux set to the same quality settings as windows, there's no performance boost to linux. There are many reasons to run or want to run linux, boosting performance on a modern computer is not one of them.