Originally Posted by johnp
Michael, I think it will be useful to provide benchmark results, using Lubuntu, or Xubuntu with its compositor (special effects) disabled.
To disable the compositor in Xubuntu, you may go to Settings->Settings Manager->Window Manager Tweaks->Compositor->Enable display compositing.
From my experience, one gets the maximum framerate with LXDE and XFCE (with the compositor disabled), on Linux.
Compiz of Unity, etc, reduce performance.
Also, by uninstalling, or disabling buntu's apport (crash reporting tool), programs start faster, and probably run faster.
To disable apport:
sudo nano /etc/default/apport:
and then, reboot.
So, I think some benchmarks with Lubuntu, or Xubuntu (with the compositor disabled), would be interesting.
See the 6 way benchmarks from earlier in the week.... Unity and compiz no longer have the overhead they once did.