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.
Thread beginning with comment 363218
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
3rdalbum
Member since:
2008-05-26

As I mentioned in one of my recent comments, I've been troubleshooting a problem with a friend's Macbook Air, so I've been getting re-acquainted with OS X.

There are probably real-world performance differences with 3D graphics on Intel, but in my normal use, the Air was significantly less responsive than my regular computer; in fact it wasn't much faster than my netbook.

Embarrassing.

Reply Score: 4

Dasher42 Member since:
2007-04-05

How were you using it? I find my MacBook Pro far more responsive than my Gnome/Linux desktop with similar specs. Did you leverage platform advantages like OSX's consistent App-centric dock? For example, on Linux you wind up quitting the application constantly, just because you closed the last window. On OSX, quitting the application is typically a separate step, which means that your commonly used apps can be kept effectively preloaded. I really wish this would catch on for Linux.

Reply Parent Score: 1

merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

In Linux, and most other OSes, recently used stuff gets cached, hence improving loading times. Just test it with OO.org: the firt time it'll take a few secs to load. Close it, open it again a it'll load almost instantly.

The OSX feature you're mentioning is absolutely about the document-centric approach of OSX's interface, it doesn't have much to do with technical aspects of the OS.

Reply Parent Score: 4

steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

For example, on Linux you wind up quitting the application constantly, just because you closed the last window.


If you want to keep the app. running, don't close it. It isn't rocket surgery.

Reply Parent Score: 1