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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

Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 Beta Benchmarks

With this week's release of Fedora 20 Beta, I have carried out some benchmarks comparing the performance of Fedora 19 to this latest development release.
15 November 2013 - 4 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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