Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 13th May 2009 01:18 UTC
Benchmarks Phoronix, known for their various speed tests and reviews, compared the latest in Ubuntu and what, until recently, used to be the lastest in Mac OS X with 29 different benchmarking tests. Some of the results were rather interesting.
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That might be true, but I have yet to have seen any graphics card which runs faster on Ubuntu (even the Nvidia ones in the past at least seemed to be quite consistently slower on linux).

There are two problems here:
1) Having a kernel that forces people to provide open source drivers. Whilst linus tolerates closed source drivers, its a risk creating them. And companies aren't going to pour all their optimisations into open drivers which any other company can just steal the optimisations. Otherwise its like handing over money to the competition.

There is no good justification for this. If Open source is that great, then such drivers will succeed regardless.

2) Ubuntu doesn't develop linux, it just grabs a bunch of packages which other distro's have worked on. Canonical seems to only concentrate on their own projects.

Whilst the foundation of Ubuntu is shaky, Canonical is off spreading their resources further and starting other projects like the netbook remix, which has a shaking foundation too because barely any drivers on either are complete. And I have seen NO evidence of Ubuntu trying to collaborate with other companies either, to determine their needs. Everything seems based on assumptions.

3) The community. I've learnt from the Ubuntu brainstorm community that frankly, the most vocal Linux users are idiots. That's the biggest problem. I've argued with Linux users who believed that time shouldn't be wasted on wysiwyg editors because grandma should learn mockup languages / CSS instead for her site. And I've argued against many users who were totally convinced that DEB's/RPM's are more secure then shell scripts. Ubuntu's vocal population I think has turned too much into politicians who care more about spreading OSS then aiming to make the best software.

Compare QT/Cocoa to GTK for instance. GTK obviously gets dominated in general cases, yet, plenty of people seem to be on a crusade against C++. Its rediculous.

And because of the community, the end result is that Linux is still too risky to develop for.

I wouldn't blame the xorgintel team for this. If the community gave up their holy war and started once again writing the best software they can, because they want to (not because of politics). You'd end up with an MIT kernel which was completely open in all ways, and software which was developed with users in mind.

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