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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RE: Anti-fanboy
by lemur2 on Wed 29th Oct 2008 00:10 UTC in reply to "Anti-fanboy"
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That all said it looks like performace problems have been introduced and need fixing as it does not look like the upper layer stuff. Now what is really really funny is this has less impact than my personal bugbear the lack of 3.0 in Ubuntu which outweighs *any* performance regression its really stupid, and having it in backports is simply not good enough. Now whats really funny is the anti ubuntu fanboy rants, which outweigh by an order of magnitude any defense by any fanboy.

Don't be too sure about OpenOffice 3 either, if you have a nvidia card and you are using the nvidia proprieatry driver. It seems that OpenOffice is another program, along with KDE 4 and Firefox 3, that is hit very badly by the binary nvidia proprietary driver bug in XRender.

How bad is this bug? Try a performance degradation in the XRender function of apparently up to 50 TIMES slower.

I think it may eventuate that quite a bit of Linux software may be getting tarred with a "poor performance" bad rap from this nvidia bug.

PS: Phoronix used ATI for their ubuntu comparison test. The problem is that ATI graphics drivers for Linux for a long while were similarly terrible, and only now is there eventually becoming available some decent-performing ATI drivers for Linux.

Edited 2008-10-29 00:13 UTC

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