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 might be that MacOS X is not turning off hard drive write back cache, whereas Ubuntu is. The Ubuntu figures for SQLite come out at around 112 transactions per second (assuming each insert is 1 transaction) while MacOS X comes out at 500 transactions per second. The Ubuntu time is more consistent with a drive that has write back disabled.

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