Apple Releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan; Want To See Some Linux Benchmarks?
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 30 September 2015 at 03:49 PM EDT. 17 Comments
Apple released OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" today as a free update for Apple computer owners. Are you interested in some fresh OS X vs. Linux benchmarks?

My last OS X vs. Linux benchmarks were back in March of this year. With El Capitan, there are a lot of small performance improvements across the board, according to Apple. They describe it, "OS X El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a big difference."

Other details on OS X El Capitan changes can be found in my earlier article: OS X "El Capitan" Aims To Offer Better Performance, Metal Graphics.

If there's enough interest, I can run some OS X 10.11 vs. Fedora 23 vs. Ubuntu 15.10 type benchmarks for OpenGL graphics and such. That's limited to the Phoronix Test Suite and test profiles that run on Mac, of which there's still a good number of graphics tests. I could do OS X El Capitan vs. Linux vs. Windows 10 three-way, but that'd be a bit time consuming and a bit of a nuisance with most of my current Apple hardware being lower-end Haswell Mac Minis, though for the few tests that play nicely across all three platforms I can see about doing something up if there's enough Phoronix Premium support or from PayPal donors.

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