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Ubuntu 14.04 Now Runs Well On The 2013 MacBook Air, Beats OS X 10.9 In Graphics

Michael Larabel

Published on 19 March 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
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With the more demanding and popular open-source, cross-platform Xonotic first person shooter, Ubuntu 14.04 on the Apple MacBook Air continued to shine. With the varying OpenGL image quality levels, Ubuntu 14.04 was leading over OS X 10.9.2 on Apple's hardware. Yielding more potential for the future, when using the Linux 3.14 kernel and Mesa 10.2 development code, the frame-rates rose even higher.

So far these initial Ubuntu Linux vs. OS X OpenGL gaming performance figures are very promising for the year-old MacBook Air... Stay tuned for more Linux game tests, battery life performance, and testing other workloads from this ultra-portable system once everything settles down after the Game Developers Conference and other travels that led to this testing being cut short.

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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