I don't know how eclipse checks out from cvs so fast on windows. Its orders of magnitude faster than IDEA and the standard CVS.exe.
i was curious if anyone knew why? i know this is not an eclipse forum, but our team is now using eclipse to do CVS checkouts - so in that regard, i think its relevant. i.e. a portion of our team is moving to eclipse for performance reasons (less indexing, faster maven integration, faster cvs, no UI locking, few modal dialogs).
a 15 min checkout in IDEA or cvs.exe on windows takes 3 minutes in Eclipse. the Linux cvs client also takes 3 minutes.