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  • Unity 6.8 Doesn't Change Much For Performance

    Phoronix: Unity 6.8 Doesn't Change Much For Performance

    While LLVMpipe may be a different story, when using hardware-accelerated graphics drivers with the recently released Unity 6.8 desktop, the performance doesn't change much. For at least one driver, there's even a new OpenGL performance regression under certain workloads. Here's some test results of Unity 6.6 vs. Unity 6.8 on the Radeon and Nouveau drivers.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=17945

  • #2
    Canonical really needs to get its shit together and fix hardware accelerated Unity (Compiz). A lot is going for Linux right now: Steam, Lightworks, etc., and Ubuntu is the OS that newbies flock to, so when their games run horrendously on it, they're just going to go back to Windows.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Chaosenemy View Post
      Canonical really needs to get its shit together...
      Sure, Unity 6.8 is even slower.

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      • #4
        I may be wrong, but most performance issues come from Compiz, not Unity (in fact it's interactions between the two but, well...).

        Was a new Compiz released with Unity 6.8? If not, no change regarding performance is not that surprising.

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        • #5
          Why can't they just use Mutter?
          Doesn't it perform better?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SolidSteel144 View Post
            Why can't they just use Mutter?
            Doesn't it perform better?
            The very first version of Unity (when it was the netbook-remix interface) did use Mutter, but performances were so awful that they decided to re-develop the whole thing as a Compiz plugin.
            Also, Compiz is way more flexible and, has they hired its lead developer, they control it. With Mutter, they would have been slowed down by a not always cooperative upstream (Gnome).

            Now they probably expected things to go better than it is currently, including regarding performances...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Malizor View Post
              I may be wrong, but most performance issues come from Compiz, not Unity (in fact it's interactions between the two but, well...).

              Was a new Compiz released with Unity 6.8? If not, no change regarding performance is not that surprising.
              Yes, Compiz 0.9.8.4 has been released shortly before Unity 6.8.

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              • #8
                Seriously, Canonical harms the reputation of Linux systems.
                Using those crappy software components like Unity and Compiz per default is plain non-professional.
                It's a pity Valve targets Ubuntu as their primary Linux distribution.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SolidSteel144 View Post
                  Why can't they just use Mutter?
                  Doesn't it perform better?
                  Does mutter even work on fgrlx?

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                  • #10
                    Right, so this is about graphics performance of applications running within the Unity environment - what about the performance of Unity itself? Does opening the dash, moving/resizing windows, etc. happen noticeably faster?

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