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FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

Michael Larabel

Published on 28 September 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 9 of 9 - 121 Comments

FreeBSD performed poorly in comparison to Ubuntu when doing random writes, where the latencies were extremely high and off the charts compared to Mark Shuttleworth's operating system.

Ubuntu 9.10 remained with a much lower latency when performing threaded reads too, but here FreeBSD 8.0 RC1 had regressed compared to FreeBSD 7.2.

Well, more times than not, Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 came out on top compared to FreeBSD -- both the 7.2 and 8.0-RC releases. Only in the 7-Zip, C-Ray, John The Ripper MD5, BYTE Unix Benchmark Dhrystone 2, and SQLite tests did FreeBSD outperform Ubuntu Linux. Between FreeBSD 7.2 and 8.0, the newer release generally did better but it had regressed with the 7-Zip, Gzip, MAFFT, and Threaded I/O Tester Read tests. That's how the story pans out on a dual AMD Opteron quad-core workstation, but shortly we will be back around with our large operating system comparison on different hardware and with the final releases of these different operating systems to see how they compare. You can run any of these tests for yourself (plus many others) using the Phoronix Test Suite.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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