Ubuntu 14.10 MacBook Air Tests With Linux 3.18, Mesa 10.5
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 November 2014 at 02:00 PM EST. 1 Comment
This week I posted some OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 benchmarks from a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air. Ubuntu 14.10 out-of-the-box was largely performing better than Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release while today are some more Ubuntu OpenGL numbers tossed in for the graphics tests when upgrading against Intel's latest HD Graphics code for Linux.

Using the same OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 graphics tests from this week, I ran an extra run when Ubuntu 14.10 was upgraded against the latest Linux 3.18 kernel in its Git development form. I then did another run while still using Linux 3.18 but upgrading the user-space driver stack by loading the Oibaf PPA that provided Mesa 10.5-devel and xf86-video-intel 2.99.916 DDX.

The Intel HD Graphics 5000 performance on the MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 4250U didn't see too much change out of the newer Mesa and Linux kernel code.

In fact, there seems to be some regressions with this newer code.

Find these extra test results of Mesa 10.5-devel and Linux 3.18 Git via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file. I'll be back with some more Linux vs. OS X performance tests shortly using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

For those that missed it, a few days ago I did deliver some new Intel HD Graphics benchmarks on Mesa 10.5-dev for other (non-Apple) hardware.
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