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  • Retina MacBook Pro Graphics: OS X Is Okay, But Linux Breaks

    Phoronix: Retina MacBook Pro Graphics: OS X Is Okay, But Linux Breaks

    While the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is beautiful having a 15-inch display running at a resolution of 2880 x 1800 and 220 pixels-per-inch, Linux isn't ready for this high-performance, high pixel density notebook...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE1NjI

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    Don't give a flying fuck about anything that comes from those criminals (fruity shitheads on acid).

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    • #3
      Surely there are more interesting things to look at on a MacBook than Xonotic framerates?

      Things like icon scaling, font quality, desktop performance, etc?

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      • #4
        How looks and behaves Gnome 3 and other desktops on that resolution? There is some screenshoot?

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        • #5
          As said in the article, the more interesting information will come once the new ad campaigns start on Phoronix -- since the ads so far this month are shit and so if I publish the rMBP details right now, I'll just lose money when factoring in the Apple hardware costs.
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael View Post
            As said in the article, the more interesting information will come once the new ad campaigns start on Phoronix -- since the ads so far this month are shit and so if I publish the rMBP details right now, I'll just lose money when factoring in the Apple hardware costs.
            My ADBlock must really annoy you....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              As said in the article, the more interesting information will come once the new ad campaigns start on Phoronix -- since the ads so far this month are shit and so if I publish the rMBP details right now, I'll just lose money when factoring in the Apple hardware costs.
              Have you tried with text/image based ads? You'll earn more this way with all the flash block and adblock users we are.

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              • #8
                Michael, I enjoy your benchmarks (and software) as much as the next Linux user, but why would you assume that paying for overpriced Apple hardware is justified by "much sought after Linux hardware testing"? Whenever I buy hardware I check for Linux support first and the ability to replace components is a close second. Shiny gear I can't maintain myself doesn't interest me. Have you thought about creating a benchmarking site only for Apple victims?

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                • #9
                  "The Linux desktop isn't properly ready for this high pixel density"

                  How do you figure? I've been using high DPI displays on Linux for years and never really had too much trouble. I currently use a laptop that's 13.1" at 1600x900, which is 140dpi. That model has a 1080p option, which is 168dpi, and I know quite a few people use that. A while back I used a Vaio P for quite a while, which is 222dpi - slightly higher than the Retina Macbook - and didn't really have any trouble with that either.

                  It's a bit more difficult to find the text scaling options in GNOME 3 than in GNOME 2, but they're there and they work well enough.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by alazar View Post
                    Have you tried with text/image based ads? You'll earn more this way with all the flash block and adblock users we are.
                    That's actually bullshit. I've tried text/image ads and they earn nothing in comparison to Flash ads even when factoring adblock differences. But I'm also experimenting with serving only text-based results/graphs for those who have adblock enabled and are not registered/logged-into an OpenBenchmarking.org account.
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      @stefantalpalaru: To be fair, MacBooks seem to be quite popular in the Linux community, so it is safe to assume that a lot of people are curious about running their favourite distro on it. What's mostly holding me back as a ThinkPad guy is the lack of proper keyboard, trackpoint, docking station, non-glossy option, and maintainability. Now that's quite a lot, but I'm still interested in that beautifully crafted piece of hardware.

                      Now, what's basically written in this 'pre-ad' news item are well-known facts - Intel still hasn't got its latest platform support - including Lightpeak - right, hybrid GPUs are the proprietary mess they've always been. Any laptop manufacturer's creation based on those technologies is going to suffer from the same on Linux for the time being, nothing special to see here, thanks.

                      That leaves the display, which, apart from the glossy mess, sports an amazing DPI. It is a bit disappointing to see the 'Linux desktop' getting dismissed - when there isn't one. So please tell us at least which of the plethora of DEs and WMs you have already tested to come to the conclusion. My own experience with high pixel density has been a very positive one.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AdamW View Post
                        "The Linux desktop isn't properly ready for this high pixel density"

                        How do you figure?
                        You know, "the" linux desktop. Which means all desktops from twm to kde in all configurations or something like that.

                        @Michael
                        Your Apple Mac OS X 10.8 seems to lack an OpenGL version.
                        Is "Macbook Pro 2012 Retina" vs. "Apple OS X 10.8" really a good name for the graphs?

                        Do you want to know why I have adblock enabled on phoronix?
                        1. Because they are extremely invasive in the forums
                        2. Because you DO have flash ads and I am on a notebook which has a very convenient sounding fan when not using the cpu too much.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChrisXY View Post
                          You know, "the" linux desktop. Which means all desktops from twm to kde in all configurations or something like that.

                          @Michael
                          Your Apple Mac OS X 10.8 seems to lack an OpenGL version.
                          Is "Macbook Pro 2012 Retina" vs. "Apple OS X 10.8" really a good name for the graphs?

                          Do you want to know why I have adblock enabled on phoronix?
                          1. Because they are extremely invasive in the forums
                          2. Because you DO have flash ads and I am on a notebook which has a very convenient sounding fan when not using the cpu too much.
                          - I mean all major ones.

                          - I meant to rename the identifier for the 10.7 run but didn't bother when I ended up just doing this into a quick preview article...

                          - You could always just block the flash ads and load the non-Flash ads with flashblock or whatever it is these days...
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by genstorm View Post
                            @stefantalpalaru: To be fair, MacBooks seem to be quite popular in the Linux community, so it is safe to assume that a lot of people are curious about running their favourite distro on it.
                            And you're basing on what? Every person I know doesn't care about their hardware. There are much better hardware vendors and I'd love to see how Linux and OS X performs on non apple hardware.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kraftman View Post
                              And you're basing on what? Every person I know doesn't care about their hardware. There are much better hardware vendors and I'd love to see how Linux and OS X performs on non apple hardware.
                              Tell me one that makes a computer that comes close to MBPr ??

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