Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 25 November 2014. Page 5 of 5. 71 Comments

Another win in the books for Ubuntu 14.10.

Of course, when it comes to compile times, the Clang-based environments are the easy winners. OS X though did much better here than Ubuntu with Clang.

OS X and Ubuntu were neck-and-neck with the C-Ray multi-threaded ray-tracer.

Primesieve is another application doing better with GCC due to its OpenMP support, but at least LLVM Clang 3.6 is looking like it will land OMP support.

Well, these results were fairly interesting and nearly across the board Ubuntu 14.10 x86_64 was superior to OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite on the 2013 MacBook Air with Core i5 Haswell processor.

Coming up shortly will be tests when using the latest Linux Git code, possible comparison with Fedora 21 from the same hardware, and also some power consumption comparisons between the operating systems. I also have a Apple MacBook Pro Retina that I might put through similar OS X vs. Linux paces too, pending sufficient interest and support. If you appreciate all of these unique benchmarks done day in and day out at Phoronix by myself, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium or making a tip to help support this continued work.

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