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Ubuntu Unity Proves Very Slow To KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE

Michael Larabel

Published on 7 September 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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Now running some of the same test profiles again but at lower resolutions.

These lower-resolution full-screen tests just largely confirm the earlier data with KDE 4.9 being the fastest Linux desktop when having KWin automatically suspend its effects on full-screen windows. The good news for KDE users is that KWin is about to get even faster! Xfce and LXDE overall are very strong competitors without having some heavy compositing window manager interfere with the OpenGL gaming performance. GNOME Shell 3.5.4 with its Mutter compositing window manager also did rather well overall and was sitting in the middle performance-wise. Unity 6.4 with Compiz meanwhile was the slowest in the majority of the benchmark results.

Next up are benchmarks showing the 2D performance on the Ubuntu desktop.

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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