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    Phoronix: Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Mostly On Par With Windows 8.1

    Given the recent release of Microsoft Windows 8.1, at Phoronix we took 13 different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and compared the performance between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 with the same hardware and set of OpenGL games/benchmarks. For AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards with their official drivers, the performance is largely similar between the competing desktop operating systems but there are some performance exceptions.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19257

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    It should have been W8.1 vs linux kernel 3.12, that would be interesting, at least for radeon cards.
    btw, I still want to see free driver vs catalyst driver.

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    • #3
      You could also throw OS X into the mix. Linux and Windows would eat it for breakfast.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
        ... Anyway great work Canonical. Holding on par with a huge corporation like Microsoft takes some work....
        I'm not sure what work I would credit Canonical with for performance, I would grant that perhaps their popularity helps companies to expend more resources into driver quality though.

        Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
        .... Windows 8.1 interface may suck for some people, but it's still leaps and bounds beyond anything Linux.
        I know I'm going to regret this but what exactly is so great about Windows 8 interface? No seriously, I am asking because I don't use it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nightmarex View Post
          I know I'm going to regret this but what exactly is so great about Windows 8 interface? No seriously, I am asking because I don't use it.
          Completely nothing. Windows 8 market share is far beyond win7 and xp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nightmarex View Post
            I'm not sure what work I would credit Canonical with for performance, I would grant that perhaps their popularity helps companies to expend more resources into driver quality though.



            I know I'm going to regret this but what exactly is so great about Windows 8 interface? No seriously, I am asking because I don't use it.
            Same. You can use the Windows 8 interface only with a mouse or a touchpad, you got no chance with using it via keyboard. Gnome Shell/Gnome3 on the other hand can be used by keyboard, by mouse or by a combination of both of them. It's superior to most interfaces out there by a large margin.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BO$$ View Post
              Ubuntu holds up pretty well. Windows 8.1 hasn't really matured so we can probably expect some performance improvements, but nothing significant. Anyway great work Canonical. Holding on par with a huge corporation like Microsoft takes some work. Now if only they can work out an interface that works as well at that from Microsoft. Windows 8.1 interface may suck for some people, but it's still leaps and bounds beyond anything Linux.
              There are only two markets where microsoft is usually better than Linux: desktop and office. In any other market Linux just owns it. Windows 8.1 interface is terrible in comparison to KDE and other more classical Linux desktops. I even prefer Unity and Gnome Shell over it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Detructor View Post
                It's superior to most interfaces out there by a large margin.
                Too bad it's just a wishful thinking.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nightmarex View Post
                  I'm not sure what work I would credit Canonical with for performance, I would grant that perhaps their popularity helps companies to expend more resources into driver quality though.



                  I know I'm going to regret this but what exactly is so great about Windows 8 interface? No seriously, I am asking because I don't use it.
                  Nothing. I have used both (Windows 8.1 and Windows 8... I need to support people using it). Especially Windows 8.1 introduced some problems again. The new scope-like search is kinda interesting in Windows 8.1, but I think it is more fitting on a tablet. Ubuntu has done a better job (when just watching the interface).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Detructor View Post
                    Same. You can use the Windows 8 interface only with a mouse or a touchpad, you got no chance with using it via keyboard. Gnome Shell/Gnome3 on the other hand can be used by keyboard, by mouse or by a combination of both of them. It's superior to most interfaces out there by a large margin.
                    EHHH... Seriously, for me it works EXACTLY the same as Gnome 3 :
                    - 1. Press windows key
                    - 2. Type first letters of the software you wanna launch
                    - 3. Press enter or move up - down using keys if it's not the first result

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Detructor View Post
                      Same. You can use the Windows 8 interface only with a mouse or a touchpad, you got no chance with using it via keyboard.
                      Lol you serious? Ive found they keyboard to always be needed to do things quickly on Windows or Linux, and Windows 8/8.1 are no exception. The keyboard makes accessing the newer features (ie charms bar) a fair bit faster using Start-C than using your mouse.

                      The (OS specific) shortcuts I use a whole heap is when searching, Start-Q to search (Or Start then type) and Start-W for settings search, and Start-F for file search. Alot nicer than just having once search, but a huge pain to use with a mouse (Requires you to stop typing, use the mouse to switch categories, and perhaps continue typing) and ok with touch.

                      To say you can't use it with a keyboard is IMO ridiculous, and brings me to question your experience using a Windows OS (most shortcuts have been with windows for a while, I can recall about 6 or 7 new ones for Win 8/8.1, and NONE that have been removed)
                      Last edited by zeealpal; 10-27-2013, 03:47 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Windows did a lot better there than I thought it would.

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                        • #13
                          Win 8 UI doesn't seem that hard to create... it's just a fullscreen HTML5 overlay on top of the Windows 7 style desktop isn't it?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
                            Completely nothing. Windows 8 market share is far beyond win7 and xp.
                            Lolwut? Win8 just broke 8%. Win7 has 46%, and is growing faster than win8.

                            Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/win...-in-september/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ElderSnake View Post
                              Win 8 UI doesn't seem that hard to create... it's just a fullscreen HTML5 overlay on top of the Windows 7 style desktop isn't it?
                              Huh? o.O Not even close

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