Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Feb 2009 13:24 UTC, submitted by Michael
Benchmarks "In January we published a review of the AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs on Linux- when we looked at four of the Opteron 2384 models. The performance of these 45nm quad-core workstation/server processors were great when compared to the earlier AMD Barcelona processors on Ubuntu Linux, but how is their performance when running Sun's OpenSolaris operating system? Up for viewing today are dual AMD Shanghai benchmarks when running OpenSolaris 2008.11, Ubuntu 8.10, and a daily build of the forthcoming Ubuntu 9.04 release."
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OpenSolaris slow...
by pantheraleo on Tue 10th Feb 2009 03:43 UTC
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OpenSolaris may be slow on some benchmarks. But as a long time Linux user who recently decided to give OpenSolaris a try, I can honestly say that it "feels" at least as fast as Linux to me when it comes to every day tasks on my desktop where I have been using it for the past month. In some cases it even "feels" faster. Whether it actually is or not is not something I can attest to at this point.

I will say that when it comes to multitasking, it "feels" more capable than Linux though. I can do multiple fairly CPU intensive tasks in the background (like compiling software), and still do things on the desktop foreground that "feel" more responsive than Linux (video seems to run smoother, etc). This is likely where Solaris really shines, given its extensive background on massively-multiuser systems. It is extremely capable at juggling multiple tasks. Because of this, I think these tests ultimately fail to capture the strengths of Solaris where it feels, at least in my mind, like it beats out Linux.

It would be interesting if there were some possible to way to benchmark "actual user experience speed", especially when performing multiple complex tasks at the same time", but unfortunately, as far as I know, there is not.

For full disclaimer purposes, part of the reason I decided to try OpenSolaris is cause I got bored with Linux. Linux has become too mature, and too mainstream, and there's almost no room for the average developer to contribute to it anymore. OpenSolaris is much more interesting when it comes to that. There's encumbered code that needs to be rewritten so it can be open source, tons of packages that need to be ported, etc.

So even if it is a little slower than Linux... Well, I think it is just more fun these days ;)

Edited 2009-02-10 03:47 UTC

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