Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks
More mixed results between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS... With the bare metal server results shared on Thursday, there were a surprising number of wins for the older 12.04 LTS release. The results being shared from the DigitalOcean public cloud are indicating even greater performance out of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in relation to the brand new 14.04 release.
These regressions are a bit frightening but we are still in the process of conducting further tests -- both bare metal and in the public clouds -- to try to figure out more closely what's going on. However, for most users I wouldn't hold off on upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS since it will ultimately be needed for the longest support within enterprise environments, for desktop users there are plenty of new features, the hardware enablement is much better on 14.04 LTS, the open-source graphics stack is much better, and there's many other non-performance advantages in using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Stay tuned for further tests next week.
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