Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 vs. Ubuntu Bash On Windows 10 Anniversary Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 9 August 2016 at 09:00 PM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 43 Comments.
Ubuntu Bash For Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Bash For Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Bash For Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux

Many of our other common open-source benchmarks show that for the strictly CPU-focused tests, the Windows Subsystem for Linux is close -- or even matches -- the native Ubuntu Linux performance running on the actual hardware.

These latest Windows Subsystem for Linux results are actually rather impressive. The big letdown is just the continued slow disk/file-system performance, but for CPU-bound workloads the results are very compelling. There's also the rare cases with x264 and Stream where the performance of the Ubuntu user-space on Windows appears to clearly outperform that of Ubuntu Linux running on the hardware by itself.

Overall the experience was actually quite pleasant and haven't run into any other bugs or annoyances while running with Ubuntu/Bash on Windows. If you're interested in more Windows vs. Linux benchmarks, please consider voicing yourself as a Phoronix Premium subscriber.

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