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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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.

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merkoth Member since:

In Linux, and most other OSes, recently used stuff gets cached, hence improving loading times. Just test it with 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.

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Dasher42 Member since:

Valid point, yes, but having something cached isn't the same as having it loaded, running, and available to simply run a new window. Even comparing Gnome Terminal with the OSX version demonstrates that. In functional use, even with no terminal windows open I'll have the application running, and a new one is nearly instantaneous to load.

Of course, you could always use XFCE.

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steogede2 Member since:

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.

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rockwell Member since:

Most dangerous job in the world: Rocket Surgeon ... don't cut the red wire!

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Dasher42 Member since:

See, that's the thing. Just because you close the one window you have doesn't mean you're done with the application, and that's the assumption many Windows and Linux applications seem to make.

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