The Current Windows 10 vs. Linux Browser Performance For Google Chrome + Mozilla Firefox
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 3 April 2019. Page 6 of 6. 82 Comments

Windows 10 won a majority of the web browser benchmarks carried out and was often 10% or more faster... That's quite a surprise considering for demanding workloads, Linux usually has a big advantage over the current state of Microsoft Windows. But we've seen consistently how various browser features from both Mozilla and Google will at least initially take a back seat for Linux users due to the state of GPU drivers or other concerns that leave web browser support predominantly focused on Windows given the larger market-share.

MotionMark was the main web browser benchmark where at least for the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics the Linux distributions were performing much better than Windows 10. But in several other browser benchmarks, Intel's own Clear Linux was performing the closest at least to Windows 10.

When generating the geometric mean data for all of the benchmarks completed on these operating systems, to some surprise Clear Linux was able to pull an upset over Windows 10. Prior to running the geometric mean pass, I figured Windows 10 would have won, but it turns out the Intel optimized Linux distribution edged past Windows given the close calls and the larger lead in MotionMark. But the other Linux distributions were slower than Windows 10 and Google/Mozilla still has a lot they could do to improve the browser support/performance for Linux desktop users.

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