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    Phoronix: Mac OS X 10.8 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Performance

    Regardless of whether you're an Apple fan or not, by now you've likely heard the information about Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" that began making its rounds on the Internet since last week. But how's the performance of Mac OS X 10.8 and how will it compare to the competition on the Linux side, namely Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? In this article are our first benchmarks of the developer preview release of Mac OS X 10.8 compared to Mac OS X 10.7.3 and then Ubuntu 11.10 plus the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS development snapshot.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=17091

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    So why is Nexuiz so slow? Unity?

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    • #3
      I was surprised to see the Mac win over Ubuntu in the games. Mac isn't known for supporting games very well.

      I tried find out what games are available on the Mac, but couldn't really find any comprehensive site.

      http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...software/games had 16 games to chose from...

      They probably suffer from the console dominance over the pc just like Linux.

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      • #4
        OS X only "won" the games benchmarks because Michael used a crippled Linux GPU driver with a bag full of known problems. (Intel Sandy Bridge)

        Had he compared Radeon, then it would have destroyed the Mac.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sabriah View Post
          I was surprised to see the Mac win over Ubuntu in the games. Mac isn't known for supporting games very well.

          I tried find out what games are available on the Mac, but couldn't really find any comprehensive site.

          http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...software/games had 16 games to chose from...

          They probably suffer from the console dominance over the pc just like Linux.
          http://store.steampowered.com/browse/mac/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DaemonFC View Post
            OS X only "won" the games benchmarks because Michael used a crippled Linux GPU driver with a bag full of known problems. (Intel Sandy Bridge)

            Had he compared Radeon, then it would have destroyed the Mac.
            It could be better with kwin or gnome shell, becaue Unity has some problems at the moment. However, Linux just destroyed it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sabriah View Post
              I was surprised to see the Mac win over Ubuntu in the games. Mac isn't known for supporting games very well.

              I tried find out what games are available on the Mac, but couldn't really find any comprehensive site.

              http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...software/games had 16 games to chose from...

              They probably suffer from the console dominance over the pc just like Linux.

              well what I find surprising is in previous tests, mac usually fell behind linux in graphics, at least with intel graphics. i'm not sure what happened here.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sabriah View Post
                I was surprised to see the Mac win over Ubuntu in the games. Mac isn't known for supporting games very well.

                I tried find out what games are available on the Mac, but couldn't really find any comprehensive site.

                http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...software/games had 16 games to chose from...

                They probably suffer from the console dominance over the pc just like Linux.
                http://www.macgamestore.com/

                The Mac Game Store is pretty good about carrying games from both major developers/porters and smaller developers. They carry something like 1500 titles.

                Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                well what I find surprising is in previous tests, mac usually fell behind linux in graphics, at least with intel graphics. i'm not sure what happened here.
                Might just be updated drivers? Previous tests were with 10.7.2. 10.7.3 added 2 extensions to the Intel Sandy Bridge Core Profile OpenGL 3.2 driver and 1 extension to the Legacy Profile OpenGL 2.1 driver so it's definitely seen some work.

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                • #9
                  What about battery duration

                  Hi!
                  one of the key aspects in notebooks is the battery duration, that has usually been usually less than good in Linux, and really good in OSX.
                  Since Ubuntu 12.04 is focusing in battery duration, would it be possible to measure that?

                  Thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jgardia View Post
                    Hi!
                    one of the key aspects in notebooks is the battery duration, that has usually been usually less than good in Linux, and really good in OSX.
                    Since Ubuntu 12.04 is focusing in battery duration, would it be possible to measure that?

                    Thanks!
                    Excellent point! I would also love to see this benchmarked.

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                    • #11
                      sna?

                      How does this compare when using a more updated Mesa stack (rc2 is nice, but using git feels really up-to-date) and the --enable-sna flag for the intel driver? Looking at previous articles, it seems that it would squeeze a few extra fps, but not much. Still might be interesting.

                      +1 to the battery benchmarks.

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                      • #12
                        I'm waiting for a benchmark with Ubuntu 13.x with Wayland and Intel Graphics jeje.

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                        • #13
                          Quite strange Nexuiz was so slow. I remeber an article in 2011 where intel linux graphics was almost on par with windows..... but not with sandy bridge if i remeber well. Would be very nice to have a Win vs Linux benchmark with intel sandy bridge IGP (on a PC not on apple hw).

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                          • #14
                            OpenSSL performance

                            I would like to know why Phoronix keeps placing OpenSSL benchmarks if OpenSSL is deprecated in OS X.

                            http://ludovicrousseau.blogspot.com/...d-openssl.html

                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7...acos-10-7-lion

                            Not surprisingly, OpenSSL has a very low performance on OS X. Is there a chance the Phoronix Test can be updated with Common Crypto?

                            So we could see the security libraries Apple is working on and not the ones which are being phased out?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DavidSan View Post
                              I would like to know why Phoronix keeps placing OpenSSL benchmarks if OpenSSL is deprecated in OS X.

                              http://ludovicrousseau.blogspot.com/...d-openssl.html

                              http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7...acos-10-7-lion

                              Not surprisingly, OpenSSL has a very low performance on OS X. Is there a chance the Phoronix Test can be updated with Common Crypto?

                              So we could see the security libraries Apple is working on and not the ones which are being phased out?
                              I would like to know why there are compile benchmarks. OS X is using llvm and it is known it compiles faster, but the end result is much worse. Such tests are meaningless.

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