Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 10:51 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 only a few days away, Phoronix decided to take a look at the performance figures over the past releases - from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 8.10. Phoronix used its own extensive test suite on fresh installations, with the same parameters, on the identical hardware. The results are rather surprising. Update: I've added some more information about this, gathered from the Ubuntu mailing list. You can find it in the 'read more'.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 28th Oct 2008 14:34 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I find Ubuntu gets more and more pleasant to use each year. If it wasn't for a different show-stopping bug each time, I'd be using it more. Hopefully 8.10 irons out the out-of-the-box faults I had on my netbook, I'm in need of Firefox 3 and Asus won't get off their arses.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Gone fishing on Tue 28th Oct 2008 17:22 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

I find Ubuntu gets more and more pleasant to use each year.


I think I'm almost an Ubuntu fanboy, however, Interpid does seem a touch slower to me - however, I don't mind a marginal drop in performance if the overall experience improves with every release.

Of more concern are the bugs that creep in usually not show stoppers but...

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by lemur2 on Tue 28th Oct 2008 23:57 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I find Ubuntu gets more and more pleasant to use each year. If it wasn't for a different show-stopping bug each time, I'd be using it more. Hopefully 8.10 irons out the out-of-the-box faults I had on my netbook, I'm in need of Firefox 3 and Asus won't get off their arses.


Be aware that Firefox 3 along with KDE 4 are two programs that suffer badly from performance issues due to a bug in the XRender function within the binary nvidia driver for Linux.

http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11044

Fortunately, most netbooks use Intel graphics, so Firefox 3 performance should be great, but nevertheless it pays to be aware of issues such as this.

There is quite a lot of "Firefox 3 is fine on Windows, but it is a dog on Linux on the same hardware ... is Mozilla neglecting the Linux version?" type of FUD flying about the net over this issue.

If your netbook has Intel graphics hardware, don't be put off by the FUD about Firefox 3 on Linux. It won't affect you, since this is a nvidia problem not a firefox problem.

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