FreeBSD 11.0 Comes Up Short In Ubuntu 16.04 vs. macOS Sierra Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 29 September 2016. Page 3 of 3. 30 Comments

While FreeBSD 11.0 was using the LLVM Clang compiler like macOS and the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS secondary run, it was still much slower than the other operating systems.

At least it didn't come in last place for the timed compilation process.

But it returned to last place for the C-Ray multi-threaded ray-tracer.

Well, those were the sub-set of tests from this week's macOS 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS benchmarks on this MacBook Air that were able to run out-of-the-box on FreeBSD 11.0 AMD64. Overall, the FreeBSD 11.0 results from this Haswell-based MacBook Air were much slower than macOS Sierra and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Keep in mind each OS was tested basically out-of-the-box for assuming sane defaults by the OS vendor as well as ensuring the results are reproducible and what a normal user would experience. But hey, at least FreeBSD 11.0 actually worked on this MacBook Air where as TrueOS and DragonFlyBSD ran into show-stopping problems out-of-the-box.

Check out that aforelinked article if interested in more Linux vs. macOS benchmarks, including results when also testing a Mac Mini. The earlier article has a lot of interesting data points.

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