Swap partitions and Page file comparison
I have a question about the different way Linux handles its swap partition to Windows handling its page file (will call both swap from now on).
I have noticed that Windows seems to use its swap a lot more than Linux does, even when there is RAM available. I am currently posting this from my Win XP machine with Task Manager open at the performance tab and have an older PC with Linux running the Performance Monitor. Windows shows 208MB RAM free out of 512MB and is using 271MB of swap. Linux is showing 254MB free, again out of 512MB, with 0 swap used.
Why is this? Is it just because, as I have heard, Linux is better at utilising its RAM?
(This is NOT meant as a "Linux is better then Windows" thread - it is an attempt to learn something)