macOS 10.13 High Sierra vs. Ubuntu Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 September 2017. Page 5 of 5. 57 Comments

Ubuntu with GCC led to the fastest performance for the FLAC audio encoding benchmark.

While the LAME MP3 encoding performance was largely neck-and-neck across the tested operating systems on this MacBook Air.

Ubuntu destroys macOS in OpenSSL signing performance.

Lastly with the Java-written Sunflow rendering system, Ubuntu 17.10 was a hair faster than macOS 10.13.

Those are the benchmarks I have completed so far for macOS High Sierra versus Ubuntu Linux. Assuming I get access to some faster Mac hardware, I'll have some additional tests in the days ahead.

Of the 28 tests executed, Ubuntu 17.10 won 12 of them followed by Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS with 5 while both versions of macOS together only won seven of them, ignoring the margins by which each OS won. In terms of straight losses, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS lost nine tests followed by macOS 10.12.6 with seven. If you enjoy our Linux vs. Mac benchmarks, consider showing your support by joining Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip to allow more of these time consuming OS comparisons in the future.

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