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Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 Benchmarks

Michael Larabel

Published on 12 May 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 12 of 12 - 89 Comments

Compared to our benchmarking of Ubuntu and Mac OS X last year, we were using the brand new Ubuntu 9.04 release and the slightly updated Mac OS X 10.5.6. We also had many more OS X compatible tests to run with the Phoronix Test Suite in this latest round of benchmarking. In looking over these results, Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 was faster than Canonical's Ubuntu 9.04 in 17 of the 29 benchmarks! The Jaunty Jackalope is not so fast after all when compared to Mac OS X on a Mac Mini.

Ubuntu 9.04 really performed sorely when it came to the 2D and 3D graphics performance, audio encoding, floating-point arithmetic, SQLite, Crafty, PostgreSQL, and the Sunflow Rendering System. Mac OS X 10.5.6 on the other hand did much worse when it came to the compilation tests (although we were using GCC 4.2.1), OpenSSL, and Java SciMark.

Overall, Mac OS X 10.5.6 already outpaces Ubuntu 9.04 when it comes to many respects of the desktop and server performance. With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.6.0 "Snow Leopard" in a few months, the Apple gains will likely widen considering the efforts they are putting forth on improving the performance via a smaller memory footprint, OpenCL, etc. The graphics performance in Ubuntu 9.10, which will be out after the release of Mac OS X 10.6, may improve with Intel working to fix its regressions and Gallium3D could be enabled in time. Beyond improving the graphics performance and potentially some minor performance improvements thanks to an updated Linux kernel (well, a big improvement in SQLite unless they regress again) and the newer GCC 4.4 series, we would not anticipate the Ubuntu 9.10 performance to be drastically different.

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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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