Some guys say that TeXLive 2010 compiles faster than MikTeX 2.9, while others say that this is not true and say that the speed of the two systems is similar.
What do you think? Please explain your reasons to support your viewpoints.
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A lot of time is used by searching and loading all the files and there are a lot to load. The basic TeX engine is the same, so it depends on the configuration of your local system. You can only compare run times on the same machine with both installed, MiKTeX and TeXLive. Comparing run times when an example runs on different machines makes no sense, too many dependencies to the system configuration.
However, on the same machine you can also have some differences depending on the file seaching and loading. And it maybe that sometimes MiKTeX is faster and sometimes TeXLive ...