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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I believe you are confusing things. Responsiveness has nothing to do with launching Apps. It has to do with how the system take care of your requests and events.


So when I click a launcher, the app needs to be there instantly to receive brownie points. When I press the close button, it needs to disappear instantly for brownie points. When I press a menu button, the menu should appear instantly. Etc. Mac OS X simply does not perform optimal when it comes to responsiveness.

I'm from a BeOS world, and anything less than instant responses is evil and bad and should cause people to be fired.

Mac OS X totally sucks in this department, even on very powerful machines. Windows XP and esp. vista sucked balls here too, but Windows 7 seems to have nailed it pretty good (still not good enough though). Sure, it needs tricks like SuperFetch and such to get there, but I'd rather have tricks getting me there than not getting there at all.

On 7, all the applications I use appear instantly - Chrome, Office, Miranda, you name it.

Except for blu though. blu's a ridiculously beautiful Twitter client written in WPF, but it's goddamn heavy on resources. In fact, it's my most memory intensive app ;) .

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