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Ubuntu 13.04 Will Improve Gaming On Open-Source GPU Drivers

Michael Larabel

Published on 26 January 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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Xonotic with high quality settings also yielded the best results on the Ubuntu 13.04 operating system that's still under development.

Overall, these results of the two latest releases of Ubuntu and Fedora are quite interesting. For both the Radeon and Intel drivers, the best performance overall is with Ubuntu 13.04. This next Ubuntu release is due out in April and already has a performance lead thanks to pulling in the latest Linux 3.8 kernel plus continued work by Canonical on improving the gaming performance when running under Unity/Compiz. Still to find its way in Ubuntu 13.04 is Mesa 9.1 that should yield greater performance and feature benefits for the open-source graphics drivers.

As the Ubuntu 13.04 release nears, additional OpenGL/gaming benchmarks of the popular Linux distribution will happen on a wider selection of hardware and driver configurations.

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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