environment except insofar as it runs without that environment.
Here’s all I’m saying: the environment is important, but it’s a variable
that must be cancelled when talking about some piece of software that’s
running on top of it. You can only make judgements about the speed of
something like Excel by comparing it to another spreadsheet with a
similar set of features running on Windows. Otherwise, you’re only
making guesses as to where the sluggishness and bloat lie.
Is not it simple and obvious that for the complete picture you need
both numbers – the one that includes the start-up time and the one
that does not?