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Ubuntu Sees Need To Improve Unity's Performance

Gaming

Published on 29 October 2012 06:26 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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As part of the push to make Ubuntu a competitive gaming platform, developers at Canonical and within the Ubuntu community will be working to improve the Unity desktop and Compiz window manager performance for Ubuntu 13.04.

By now most Phoronix readers know that the Unity/Compiz performance is very poor for gaming and leads to OpenGL slowdowns more than the other Linux desktops. At the first day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Copenhagen, the Unity performance plans were discussed.

Among the Unity performance enhancements being planned for Ubuntu 13.04 are UBUS enhancements, improving the glib sources usage for timeouts, texture all the components in just one spot and not a draw call for every component at every time, and enabling Compiz unredirected rendering on full-screen windows by default. However, the unredirected full-screen window rendering by default will not happen automatically for Nouveau and Intel drivers due to bugs.

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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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