How Ubuntu Laptop Performance Has Evolved Over Three Years From 14.10 To 17.10
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 3 October 2017. Page 1 of 4. 9 Comments

With the upcoming release of Ubuntu 17.10, I was curious to see how its performance compares to that of the three-year-old Ubuntu 14.10. Here are some benchmark results showing how an Intel ultrabook/laptop performance has evolved on Linux during that time.

A Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon was used for testing with the Core i7 5600U Broadwell CPU, 8GB DDR3 memory, 128GB Samsung SSD, and HD Graphics 5500. Ubuntu 14.10 was used as the base comparison since it was the release when this laptop was brand new and had initial support for the Broadwell components.

Ubuntu 14.10 as a reminder had Linux 3.16, Unity 7.3.1, X.Org Server 1.16.0, Mesa 10.3.2, and the GCC 4.9.1 compiler. Meanwhile, Ubuntu 17.10 is gearing to ship with the Linux 4.13 kernel, GNOME Shell 3.26 atop Wayland, Mesa 17.2.1, and GCC 7.2.0.

These Ubuntu 14.10 vs. 17.10 benchmarks were carried out in an automated manner via the Phoronix Test Suite. If there is sufficient interest, I may do a larger 5~6 year look at Ubuntu's performance using a Sandy Bridge laptop while also including power/boot metrics, etc. If you are interested in seeing that, let me know via the forums or Twitter; any other test requests welcome via premium.

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