In this corner, weighing in with NTFS, Microsoft's flagship product, Windows XP! And in this corner, weighing in with ext3, staying the course with open source, Linux! Who will be victorious in the battle of the decade, nay, the century! MPAN3 pits them together to see who renders the fastest.
After the release of Blender 2.40, Mike 'MPAN3' Pan ran a test of rendering performance using Windows XP, Gentoo, and Knoppix, using various compiles of Blender. From his test it seems that the two Linux distros and Windows XP a fairly well matched. Though when using Gentoo and an optimized Blender, rendering time decreased by up to 20%.