Chromium OS, Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook Remix Benchmarks
Phoronix: Chromium OS, Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook Remix Benchmarks
Intel released Moblin 2.1 earlier this month, Canonical released Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 late last month, and various other vendors have offered up their fall distribution refreshes too. Oh yeah, and Google just released the Chromium OS source code a few days ago! With all of the netbook-focused distribution updates, we found it time to run an onslaught of new benchmarks, comparing some of the leaders in this field along with running a couple full-blown desktop distributions for this round of Linux netbook benchmarking. Here are our benchmarks, including the world's first look at the Chromium OS (Chrome OS) system performance from the latest development build. Covered is everything from the video playback performance to encoding to battery power consumption and CPU/memory usage tests.
*** DISCLAIMER: I work for Intel, on Moblin. ***
I find it hard to believe that this review largely focussed on generic linux desktop performance while the test subjects where all _netbook_ specific OS spins, tested on a typical netbook platform.
For the next time, take a look at the following instead:
- boot times
- suspend/resume times
- total battery life while idle
- battery life while performing netbook-typical tasks, such as:
+ browsing webpages inclusing flash
+ perhaps watching youtube/hulu videos
+ skypeing etc
encoding x264 is totally irrelevant on any netbook install, and the differences on the 7z encoding could as well have been omitted from the review leaving little meat. The only big difference I can see is due to ext3/4 differences (and then moblin is going to use btrfs in the future as well...)
all in all, this review IMHO lacks quite some substance... something that won't help the targeted netbook audience nor me as a developer.
sure, phoronix is read by geeks (guilty here), but taking openarena fps as a significant test is dubious on any netbook platform unless you measure power consumption at the same time (and then the result may be skewed by the OS sacrificing FPS for power).
I know phoronix can do a lot better!
CPU usage allright with openSuse
I don't think it is too surprising that suse utilizes its cpu most. The target with battery and cpu-usage is - (sometimes) - to use the cpu as much as possible but less than 100%. So if you slow it down, the percentage will be higher, and you save energy while at it.