Some Phoronix readers have been requesting fresh tests of OpenGL graphics/gaming performance on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with its different desktop environment options. For some brief results to share this Sunday, here are some Intel Skylake numbers when running Ubuntu 16.04 and testing out Unity, Xfce, KDE Plasma, LXDE, GNOME, MATE, and Openbox.
A Core i5 6600K Skylake system was used for benchmarking with its HD Graphics 530. Ubuntu 16.04 ships with the Linux 4.4 kernel, X.Org Server 1.18.3, xf86-video-intel 2.99.917 Git, and Mesa 11.2.0.
The tested desktops included Unity 7.4.0, Xfce 4.12, LXDE 0.8.2, GNOME Shell 3.18.4, MATE 1.12.1, Openbox 3.6, and KDE Plasma 5.5.
For this brief, one-page testing, various OpenGL games were run via the Phoronix Test Suite.