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Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5 Driver/GPU Combinations

Michael Larabel

Published on 13 December 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 6 of 6 - 37 Comments

With Warsow we are back to another more visually rich game where the open-source drivers (Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau) are under pressure and see little change between the desktop environments. For the binary AMD and NVIDIA drivers, the LXDE 0.5.11 desktop environment was performing the best.

Lastly, for the Xonotic first person shooter on the high-performance proprietary NVIDIA and AMD Catalyst drivers there is little change in performance between the six desktop environments. For the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers, the Unity, GNOME Classic, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments were running at about the same speed. The stragglers with the visually rich Xonotic game were GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma.

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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