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Power & Performance Tests With Fedora 24 Beta, Linux 4.6 Kernel

For those that have been requesting some fresh benchmarks looking at the system power consumption / efficiency of modern Linux distributions/kernels and how they're working out for laptops/ultrabooks, here are some fresh benchmarks on two Intel devices when comparing Fedora 23 to Fedora 24 Beta and also testing out the power performance with the Linux 4.6 kernel.

17 May 2016 - 3 Comments
Windows 10 Radeon Software vs. AMDGPU On Ubuntu Linux

Last week I posted results of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 when looking at NVIDIA's OpenGL performance. As those results were quite interesting, the next installment of our Windows vs. Linux benchmarking are some numbers for AMD Radeon graphics. Tested here were Radeon Software Crimson Edition on Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with AMDGPU vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with the new AMDGPU PRO driver stack.

18 April 2016 - 80 Comments
Intel's Clear Linux Shows Much Potential For Optimized Graphics Performance

When it comes to CPU workloads, stunning in our Linux distribution comparisons has been Intel's Clear Linux distribution. This Intel Open-Source Technology Center project has led many of our distribution / OS comparisons with Intel engineers investing heavily in performance optimizations via AutoFDO, LTO-optimized binaries, aggressive compiler flags by default, and more. But how does the OpenGL performance compare for Clear Linux? Here are some graphics benchmarks and in select cases the results are quite a surprise.

15 April 2016 - 27 Comments
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 NVIDIA OpenGL Performance

With having a clean Windows 10 installation around for the benchmarking of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Windows vs. Linux Vulkan benchmarking, I also took the opportunity to run a number of OpenGL benchmarks on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 Linux with the same hardware and set of graphics cards. In this article are benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with various NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards.

12 April 2016 - 7 Comments
The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10 With The New Linux Subsystem

At the end of March was the surprising news about Microsoft bringing Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 via a new "Linux subsystem" for natively dealing with Linux ELF binaries atop Windows. Since last week the latest Windows Insider update now ships with said support for being able to run Bash and other Ubuntu user-space programs on Windows 10. I've been benchmarking the performance of Ubuntu/Linux software on Windows 10 and have some results to share comparing it to a clean Ubuntu installation.

11 April 2016 - 42 Comments
FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.3 vs. Linux Benchmarks

With FreeBSD 10.3 having been released followed by the desktop-oriented PC-BSD 10.3 release that's running rather nicely, I decided to run some open-source performance benchmarks atop PC-BSD 10.3 x64 compared to various Linux distributions.

8 April 2016 - 10 Comments
How Ubuntu 16.04 Is Performing With AMDGPU/Radeon Graphics Compared To Ubuntu 14.04 With FGLRX

With Ubuntu dropping support for the AMD fglrx/Catalyst driver in their upcoming 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" release and manually installing the driver doesn't sound like an option, many have renewed interest in how the open-source Radeon driver stack is performing for Ubuntu 16.04 that's due out next month. In this article are benchmarks comparing the performance of Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (on both the open and closed drivers) to that of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the sole AMD Linux driver option on a variety of graphics cards.

15 March 2016 - 45 Comments
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux Performance

Every year or two we run >32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux benchmarks. While x86_64 Intel/AMD hardware has been extremely common for quite some time, we continue to be amazed at the number of people still running an i686 Linux distribution on x86_64 hardware.

11 March 2016 - 17 Comments
15-Way Linux OS Comparison Shows Mixed High-Performing Linux Distributions

Succeeding January's 10-way Linux distribution battle is now a 15-way Linux distribution comparison on an Intel Xeon "Skylake" system with Radeon R7 graphics. Distributions part of this Linux OS performance showdown include Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Antergos, Sabayon, Void Linux, Zenwalk, KaOS, Clear Linux, and Alpine Linux.

9 March 2016 - 27 Comments
How Ubuntu 16.04 Is Performing Compared To Five Other Linux Distributions

As it's been a month since our last large Linux distribution comparison (a 10-way Linux distribution battle), here are some fresh benchmarks of six Linux distributions to see how their out-of-the-box performance compares. From a Core i7 Broadwell system, the updated versions of Clear Linux, Fedora 23, CentOS 7, openSUSE 42.1, Ubuntu 15.10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS were compared.

24 February 2016 - 14 Comments
Radeon Gallium3D OpenGL Performance From Fedora 18 To Fedora 23

For those curious how the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver has evolved over the past three years, I benchmarked every release from Fedora 18 through Fedora 23 on the same system while looking at the OpenGL Linux performance with an AMD Cypress GPU. Here is a look at the open-source Radeon driver performance evolution on Fedora Linux.

11 February 2016 - 6 Comments
Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance

As I'm in the process of retiring an old AMD Opteron dual-socket system, prior to decommissioning it, I figured it would be fun to go back and re-benchmark all of the Ubuntu LTS releases going all the way back to the legendary 6.06 Dapper Drake release. So here are some fresh benchmarks of this AMD Shanghai system with eight cores and 16GB of RAM when re-benchmarking the releases from Ubuntu 6.06 through the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS development state.

5 February 2016 - 20 Comments
How Three BSD Operating Systems Compare To Ten Linux Distributions

Earlier this week I posted the results of a 10-way Linux distribution battle on the same Intel Xeon system and using all of the popular and latest Linux distribution releases. Taking things further, the article today has those results complemented by results on the Xeon system for several BSD operating systems. For seeing how the BSD performance stacks up to Linux, DragonFlyBSD, OpenBSD, and the FreeBSD-based PC-BSD were benchmarked.

15 January 2016 - 36 Comments
A 10-Way Linux Distribution Battle To Kick Off 2016

As our first multi-way Linux distribution comparison of 2016, I took ten different modern Linux distribution releases and benchmarked them on the same Intel Haswell system. Being benchmarked were various releases of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Debian, Clear Linux, Fedora, Antergos, and CentOS.

12 January 2016 - 26 Comments
Getting Started With Intel's Clear Linux High-Performance Distribution

For the past year Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has been working on the Clear Linux Project as a way to accelerate VMs to the point they are as fast as software containers and provide the best Linux support for Intel hardware in various cloud use-cases. As part of doing this, they've had to make their distribution lightning fast. Clear Linux though can be stretched outside of traditional cloud use-cases if you just want a lean and mean distribution.

17 December 2015 - 21 Comments
Intel Broadwell Laptop OpenGL Performance: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux

With having a new Intel Broadwell laptop for testing that came pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 10 x64, I couldn't resist the opportunity to run some comparison benchmarks against Ubuntu Linux. The Intel HD Graphics 5500 were tested under Windows 10 and then under Ubuntu 15.10 -- both in a stock configuration and then switching over to the Linux 4.4 kernel with Mesa 11.2 Git.

11 December 2015 - 9 Comments
OS X 10.11 El Capitan vs. Fedora 23 Linux Performance

The latest extra benchmarks done this weekend as thanks to those Phoronix readers taking advantage of our holiday premium deal are some fresh OS X vs. Linux benchmarks. As it's been a while since last running any cross-OS comparison benchmarks between Apple and Linux distributions, I've started running a fresh comparison using OS X 10.11.1 "El Capitan" and the initial Linux distribution for reference is Fedora 23.

30 November 2015 - 33 Comments
NVIDIA OpenGL: Windows 10 Pro vs. Ubuntu Linux Benchmarks

Published yesterday was a test of Intel Skylake graphics on Ubuntu 15.10 vs. Windows 10 with a focus on the OpenGL performance. In today's article is a similar cross-operating-system comparison but this time being featured are three NVIDIA graphics cards to see how the latest NVIDIA drivers are running.

9 November 2015 - 50 Comments
Intel Skylake Graphics: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Performance

As it's been a while since my last Windows vs. Linux graphics comparison and haven't yet done such a comparison for Intel's latest-generation Skylake HD Graphics, the past few days I was running Windows 10 Pro x64 versus Ubuntu 15.10 graphics benchmarks with a Core i5 6600K sporting HD Graphics 530.

8 November 2015 - 34 Comments
openSUSE 42.1 Leap Benchmarks

Following yesterday's article about openSUSE 42.1 Leap being tweaked for better out-of-the-box performance, I ran some benchmarks on the officially-released openSUSE 42.1 to compare it to the older benchmarks I did when Leap was still under development.

4 November 2015 - 3 Comments
Fedora 20 Through Fedora 23 Benchmarks

For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks comparing the out-of-the-box performance of Fedora 20, Fedora 21, Fedora 22, and Fedora 23 RC3 out-of-the-box on an Intel Xeon system with AMD R600g graphics. Here's a look at the Fedora Linux performance and that of the upstream Linux kernel / Mesa / GCC over the past two years.

27 October 2015 - 4 Comments
DragonFlyBSD 4.2 vs. Ubuntu 15.10 CPU Performance

In this article are benchmarks comparing the performance of DragonFlyBSD 4.2 to that of Ubuntu 15.10. With these CPU-focused benchmarks, the core scaling performance was also looked at in going from two cores through four cores plus Hyper Threading.

18 October 2015 - 7 Comments
FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 15.04/15.10 Benchmarks

It's been a while since last running any BSD vs. Linux benchmarks, so I've started some fresh comparisons using the latest releases of various BSDs and Linux distributions. First up, as for what's completed so far, is using the FreeBSD-based PC-BSD 10.2 compared to Ubuntu 15.04 stable and the latest development release of Ubuntu 15.10.

12 October 2015 - 22 Comments

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