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  • phoronix
    started a topic Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Gaming Performance Comparison

    Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Gaming Performance Comparison

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Gaming Performance Comparison

    In this article are some early benchmark results comparing the OpenGL gaming performance of the Unity, Xfce, Openbox, LXDE, KDE, GNOME Shell, and Enlightenment desktops when running on a recent development snapshot of Ubuntu 13.04. As many earlier benchmarks have shown, the OpenGL frame-rate for Linux games can sway quite greatly depending upon the desktop in use and more specifically the desktop's compositing window manager.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18435

  • blackout23
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    Michael must have been pissed that the KWin dev mocked his benchmarks in his blog so he enabled desktop effects in fullscreen and did not unredirect fullscreen.

    No everyone will be like ZOMG! KDE suxxx!

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  • RussianNeuroMancer
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    Originally posted by gururise View Post
    Best idea I've heard yet!! Now why doesn't something like this exist???
    Exist:
    https://projects.kde.org/projects/kd.../client.h#L262
    https://projects.kde.org/projects/kd...ient.cpp#L2313

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  • Vim_User
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    These benchmarks clearly show that performance of games can be influenced by compositing WMs.
    So the real question that remains for me is: Why is Michael using Unity when it comes to benchmarks of different driver versions, when it is so obvious that there is a non-predictable influence on performance? Why not use Openbox for those benchmarks instead, which constantly delivers the same good performance?

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  • Hamish Wilson
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    Originally posted by gururise View Post
    I've used Gnome-Shell since its release, and still not sure how to "Unredirect fullscreen", or if there is even an option.
    Mutter already does this by default.

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  • Luke_Wolf
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    Originally posted by gururise View Post
    Agreed. Most Linux users are going to be using default settings.

    To those who are complaining about these benchmarks: Do you really think it is realistic for the average user coming from Windows to know how to tweak numerous settings in each Desktop? I've used Gnome-Shell since its release, and still not sure how to "Unredirect fullscreen", or if there is even an option.
    Again... Not Numerous Settings... one setting. Which I don't know about Gnome Shell (you probably have to use it's registry tool), but in KDE it's very easy to get to System Settings -> Desktop Effects -> advanced, and the bam you just check the "Suspend desktop effects for full screen windows" and you're done. Besides if they're doing gaming to the point where performance actually matters assuming they have a modern system (Llano/Sandybridge and forward) if they're using integrated graphics or if they've got at least a decent graphics card otherwise (it's insane to assume gaming period on systems that don't fit one of those two categories) you expect them to have at least some level of knowledge, not Joe Bloggs who isn't configuring anything.

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  • stqn
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    Originally posted by gururise View Post
    Best idea I've heard yet!! Now why doesn't something like this exist???
    - it?s not required to make the games run
    - I don?t want game developers to decide if my screen should be composited or not
    - game developers don?t want to bother with this
    - why ask game devs to code this in each and every game when it can (should) be solved once and for all in the WM?

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  • gururise
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    Originally posted by boast View Post
    we need a universal call, like Windows has, for programs to be able to tell the WM to disable compositing when needed.
    Best idea I've heard yet!! Now why doesn't something like this exist???

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  • gururise
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    Originally posted by talvik View Post
    I disagree, sticking to the default is the most realistic test. What is 'unredirect fullscreen'?
    Every benchmark someone says it's useless because: "Distro Y sucks, distro X wasn't tested", "gcc didn't A,B,C parameters", "kernel ....", "Testing version 3.5.71 is stupid", "Gosh, proper gaming is done with low latency real time kernel."....

    Last time I saw a blog post by kwin dev about Phoronix benchmark. He thought the benchmark was useless, because it didn't use kwin with three different drawing back-ends and n other settings. If everyone had their way, each chart would have thousands of items.
    Agreed. Most Linux users are going to be using default settings.

    To those who are complaining about these benchmarks: Do you really think it is realistic for the average user coming from Windows to know how to tweak numerous settings in each Desktop? I've used Gnome-Shell since its release, and still not sure how to "Unredirect fullscreen", or if there is even an option.

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  • ElderSnake
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    Would there be any argument as to why Undirect Fullscreen Windows SHOULDN'T be enabled by default in KDE?

    I installed Ubuntu 12.04 last week on a machine and went to enable the equivalent functionality in Compiz Settings Manager and noticed the option was already enabled by default, so I wonder if the KDE devs should do the same thing.

    If gaming in windowed mode, again I personally just switch off effects. Not like I need a cube or fancy transparency effects while playing a game anyway

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