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KDE & Xfce Don't Lead To Performance Wins Over Windows 8

Michael Larabel

Published on 22 March 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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When testing KDE and Xfce, in none of the OpenGL games tested across Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04, did Xfce or KDE (with suspended effects) provide for any new wins. Canonical has improved the state of Unity and Compiz so that it's no longer a very sore point for Linux gamers compared to other desktop environments, as already shown for Ubuntu 13.04. Using Unity was not the reason Ubuntu 13.04 lost to Windows 8 with the Intel OpenGL driver comparison.

For those not liking the selection of cross-platform games used, it's what was known to work well on both operating systems with similar renderers, e.g. using OpenGL and not DirectX and when testing with the highly-optimized proprietary AMD/NVIDIA drivers that are largely common code-bases across operating systems will yield comparable frame-rates. For the Source Engine games, there are still ongoing Linux performance optimizations and also still some Steam client problems with the automated benchmarking process for the side of it. If you feel differently about the tests, feel free to run them yourself using the Phoronix Test Suite or writing your own OpenBenchmarking.org test profiles to cover other areas of 3D performance.

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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