What Linux vs. OS X Performance Tests Should Be Run Next?

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 22 March 2015 at 02:07 PM EDT. 32 Comments
A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux.

This Apple Mac Mini has a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU with Hyper Threading while bearing Iris Graphics for faster performance than the Haswell HD Graphics. There's a 1TB hard drive, and 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory.

This morning I've already started running some benchmarks on this OS X 10.10 system to ultimately be compared to Fedora/Ubuntu Linux in various conditions. Among many Mac vs. Linux benchmarks I've done over the past decade, my most recent testing up to now was OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. openSUSE Factory.

In seeking feedback from the Phoronix readers, I'm curious to see what sort of tests you'd be interested in seeing between OS X and Linux. I may be looking at porting some of the Steam Linux benchmarks in the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org over to OS X to complement the existing OpenGL tests. If there's a lot of interest and support, I may extend it into a fresh OS X vs. Linux vs. Windows OS performance comparison.

Feel free to share your requests and thoughts via the forums by commenting on this article or @MichaelLarabel. Highest priority to honoring the requests is given to Phoronix Premium subscribers and those making PayPal contributions as your support makes all of this Linux hardware testing possible. Already today I've also committed a few OS X support improvements to Phoronix-Test-Suite on GitHub for bettering Mac benchmarking.
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