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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It sounds more like you need to upgrade your ram than get a kernel optimized for desktop use. It's not exactly a secret that current mainstream Linux distributions are less memory efficient than XP

Woah, hang on - it has nothing to do with efficiency of memory; this was running ArchLinux whose total memory foot print was less than Windows XP - so it has nothing to do with the memory consumed. What it has to do with is the algorithms that are used to balance processes/threads to ensure that the end user gets a responsive system.

I find OS X to be downright viscous -- as though there is perceivable latency between the input devices and the screen. It's possible I'm just imagining things because of the way desktop effects slow down some other actions, but that's how it feels.

Pardon? nothing is slow to me; maybe it takes a second to load up the window to display the contents of the drive, or it takes a couple of seconds for an application to load by clicking on the dock but what I am talking about is smoothness when running 3-4-5-6 applications at the same time. For me, I couldn't care less about the speed of one application all by its lonesome self; what I am talking about is a system under a reasonable load and getting some decent responsiveness from it.

Edited 2009-05-13 06:07 UTC

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