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Ubuntu 14.04: Intel's Haswell Linux Driver Comes Up Short Of Windows

In complementing the recent Intel Iris Graphics 5100: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 and MacBook Air: OS X 10.9 vs. Ubuntu 14.04, here's some new Windows vs. Linux OpenGL benchmarks with this time looking at the performance for Intel's "Haswell" Core i7 4770K with HD Graphics 4600 using the latest driver releases on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

25 March 2014 - 9 Comments
Ubuntu Now Runs Well On The MacBook Air, Beats OS X In Graphics

While last year I wrote how running Ubuntu is messy on the 2013 MacBook Air, when trying out Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the Intel Haswell-based MacBook Air with HD Graphics 5000, it's a very different story. Not only is Ubuntu Linux now running on the MacBook Air without show-stopping issues, but its OpenGL performance can even beat Mac OS X 10.9.2.

19 March 2014 - 19 Comments
The Performance Impact Of Linux Disk Encryption On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

For any Linux laptop users or those concerned about their data's safety on production systems, I highly recommend utilizing disk encryption for safeguarding the data. However, what's the performance impact like these days? In this article with the current development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a modern Intel ultrabook we're looking at the impact (including CPU utilization) of using an eCryptfs-based home directory encryption and LUKS-based full-disk encryption on Ubuntu Linux.

10 March 2014 - 30 Comments
Running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS On The Acer C720 Chromebook

One of the favorite systems reviewed in the last quarter of 2013 was the Acer C720 Chromebook. This Acer Chromebook features an Intel Celeron "Haswell" processor with performant and open-source friendly graphics while the ChromeOS installation can easily be replaced with Ubuntu. Our early tests of the Chromebook were running Ubuntu 13.10 while this weekend we tried it out on a development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

9 March 2014 - 18 Comments
Fedora 20 Yields Great Linux Performance On AMD's Kabini APU

The Linux benchmark / performance data to share this Saturday morning on Phoronix is of Fedora 20 on the AMD E1-2100 "Kabini" APU on the ECS KBN-I, an AMD + motherboard combination that during sale periods can be found for a little over $30 USD. We already found Kabini's Radeon HD 8210 graphics to perform well with the open-source driver and this article has more Linux OpenGL results along with stressing other subsystems. Tested was Fedora 20 with updates like the Linux 3.14 kernel and Mesa 10.

8 March 2014 - 3 Comments
PC-BSD 10.0 vs. PC-BSD 9.2 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 Benchmarks

After running through some challenges in setting up PC-BSD/FreeBSD 10.0 and its many changes, here are benchmarks of the feature-rich operating system update. Benchmarks were done on the same laptop of PC-BSD 10.0, the former PC-BSD 9.2 release, and Ubuntu 13.10.

23 February 2014 - 18 Comments
Early Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS

After this weekend sharing benchmarks of the recent Ubuntu 12.04 LTS point releases, here's some complementary tests that offer a look at the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance against the current state of the "Trusty Tahr", a.k.a. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

11 February 2014 - Add A Comment
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Performance Benchmarks

For those curious how the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance has evolved with the new hardware enablement stacks of the Long-Term Support point releases, here are some fresh benchmarks this weekend looking at the new release of Ubuntu 12.04.4.

9 February 2014 - Add A Comment
Manjaro vs. Ubuntu vs. Fedora vs. OpenSUSE Benchmarks

The latest Linux distribution benchmarks to share at Phoronix are a comparison of Manjaro Linux 0.8.8, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development state, openSUSE 13.1, and Fedora 20. All tests were done from an Intel Core i5 4670 Haswell system to look at the current state of various Linux distributions when it comes to various areas of open-source performance.

5 February 2014 - 20 Comments
Ubuntu Now Often Leads Windows 7 On Intel SNB Graphics Performance

Most of our recent Windows vs. Linux performance comparisons have been done using Windows 8 (e.g. AMD Kaveri: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu Linux, SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1, NVIDIA GTX TITAN: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 13.10, etc). However, for changing things up a bit and looking also at the state of mature graphics drivers, being benchmarked today is the Ubuntu 14.04 Linux performance with the latest open-source Intel HD Graphics driver code compared to Windows 7 Pro x64 with its latest Intel graphics driver when using HD Graphics 3000 "Sandy Bridge" hardware.

29 January 2014 - 22 Comments
Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Debian 7.3 vs. Debian Jessie Preview

For those curious about performance differences between the current Debian 7.3 "Wheezy" stable release and the upcoming but currently unstable Debian 8.0 "Jessie", here are some performance benchmarks comparing Debian's stable and testing releases on the same hardware. Making things more interesting, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development form was also tossed into the mix.

27 January 2014 - 12 Comments
VirtualBox Is Still Running Slower Than QEMU-KVM

Recently I ran some benchmarks looking at the performance of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS development code and from there I tested the bare metal system, the same system with a Linux KVM instance of Ubuntu 14.04 itself, and then afterwards another VM with the same settings and software but using Oracle VM VirtualBox. Here are those early Ubuntu 14.04 Linux virtualization benchmarks.

9 January 2014 - 21 Comments
Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Fedora 20 Benchmarks

To complement the many Ubuntu 13.10 Linux benchmarks I have published on Phoronix since the "Saucy Salamander" premiere in October, I've started several Fedora 20 benchmarks since December. So far I've shared Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 benchmarks and Wayland OpenGL benchmarks, besides using Fedora 20 as the base platform for unrelated tests, while today are some Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Fedora 20 performance benchmarks.

3 January 2014 - 12 Comments
6-Way End-Of-2013 Linux Benchmarks

As some extra weekend benchmarks as we near the end of 2013, here are test results when comparing Debian GNU/Linux 7.2, Ubuntu 14.04 in its current development state, Fedora 20, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Beta 1, and openSUSE 13.1.

29 December 2013 - 4 Comments
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Benchmarks

Last week when Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 was released I was already running RHEL7 benchmarks looking at the performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 over RHEL 6.5. In this article for some extra benchmarks to put out over the weekend is a quick comparison of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in its current development state against Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1.

21 December 2013 - 6 Comments
Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 Linux Benchmarks

Published today are benchmarks from two Intel systems comparing the performance of Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" to Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" for various workloads. Especially for those using open-source graphics drivers, Fedora 20 can be worth the upgrade for performance reasons.

20 December 2013 - 11 Comments
Early Ubuntu 14.04 Tests Show Some Performance Changes

If you have been wanting to take some time this holiday season to switch from Ubuntu 13.10 stable to the latest development packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, here's some quick benchmarks I did last week showing some of the performance changes to be found right now from using the latest Ubuntu 14.04 development packages.

17 December 2013 - 2 Comments
FreeBSD 10.0 Kernel Comes To Debian

Advancing prudently but quietly within the Debian camp is the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD operating system that pairs Debian's GNU user-land with the FreeBSD kernel. For Debian 8.0 "Jessie" there are continued improvements on this spin that does away with the Linux kernel. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Jessie/Sid currently defaults to the FreeBSD 9.2.0 kernel, but a FreeBSD 10.0 development kernel has already landed in Debian and is the focus of today's benchmarks.

16 December 2013 - 12 Comments
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 Looks Great, Performance Is Great

Red Hat this week released the first beta to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. RHEL 7 is based upon improvements and other work that happened over the past few release cycles in Fedora and is riding on its new enterprise Linux 3.10 kernel. In this article is a first look at RHEL 7 Beta 1 along with our first benchmarks of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 comparing the results to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5.

13 December 2013 - 33 Comments
Intel Linux Driver Almost Neck-And-Neck With Windows 8.1

Intel released a big Windows graphics driver update that for Haswell hardware now provides OpenGL 4.2 support -- while the Intel Linux driver just hit the milestone of OpenGL 3.3 support. To see how the latest Windows and Linux Intel graphics drivers compare, I ran some new benchmarks on Windows 8.1 against Ubuntu 13.10 to see how the performance pans out in various OpenGL game benchmarks and other graphics workloads.

28 November 2013 - 13 Comments
openSUSE 13.1 Shows Off Nice Performance Improvements

If you haven't yet upgraded from openSUSE 12.3 to the openSUSE 13.1 release that greeted the world this week, for many users there will be performance improvements to find with this major Linux distribution update. Here's some benchmarks showing off some of the performance improvements.

21 November 2013 - 31 Comments
Fedora 20 Beta vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Scientific Linux 6.4

Last week I shared results of Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 Beta Linux performance from an AMD Opteron system and those results were of much interest to many Phoronix readers, so to kick off a new week of Linux benchmarking are results from that system when adding in Ubuntu 13.10 and Scientific Linux 6.4 (RHEL-based) to this Linux OS comparison.

18 November 2013 - 12 Comments
5-Way Amazon EC2 Cloud Linux OS Benchmarks

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, Amazon Linux AMI 2013.09, Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu 13.10, and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 have been pitted against each other in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the Linux performance benchmark results are now available.

8 November 2013 - 3 Comments
Intel Performance With Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 8.1 Is A Mixed Bag

Earlier this week I published an extensive set of results from thirteen discrete AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards benchmarking various OpenGL games and comparing the Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 performance when using the official AMD and NVIDIA drivers for each operating system. Those results were very interesting for both the AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but now it's time to see how the Intel graphics are performing under Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 Pro x64. Making things even more interesting here is that Intel has only an open-source Linux driver and no closed-source solution.

30 October 2013 - 11 Comments
Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Mostly On Par With Windows 8.1

Given the recent release of Microsoft Windows 8.1, at Phoronix we took 13 different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards and compared the performance between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 with the same hardware and set of OpenGL games/benchmarks. For AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards with their official drivers, the performance is largely similar between the competing desktop operating systems but there are some performance exceptions.

27 October 2013 - 49 Comments
The First Wayland Benchmarks From Fedora 20 Show Great Promise

Since last week it's been possible to run the GNOME Shell on Wayland with Fedora 20. The user-experience isn't yet refined and easy, but Linux enthusiasts can easily get a GNOME 3.10 session running on Wayland for testing purposes using F20 packages. In this article are the first graphics benchmarks from Fedora 20 when running GNOME 3.10 on Wayland with XWayland support and then from running a clean X.Org Server.

7 October 2013 - 44 Comments
Linux OpenGL: Ubuntu 13.04/13.10 vs. Fedora 19/20

Under the microscope this Saturday morning are benchmark results comparing the Intel Haswell graphics performance of Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10 Beta, Fedora 19, and Fedora 20 Alpha. The System76 Galago UltraPro with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics was used to see how these four Linux distribution releases compare in their open-source OpenGL graphics/gaming performance.

5 October 2013 - 17 Comments
Ubuntu 13.10 Linux Disk Encryption Performance

It's been a while since last running any Ubuntu Linux disk encryption benchmarks either of the eCryptfs-based home directory encryption feature or the LUKS-based encrypted LVM, both of which are supported by Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer. With having around the System76 Gazelle Professional laptop and its nice Core i7 4900MQ "Haswell" CPU with Intel 520 SSD, and I'm always one to encourage encrypted disks especially for mobile systems, here are some new benchmarks of Ubuntu 13.10 with no disk encryption versus home directory encryption versus a fully encrypted LVM of the root EXT4 file-system.

2 September 2013 - 3 Comments

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