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    Default Ubuntu, Kubuntu, & Xubuntu Benchmarks

    PART 1

    With Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu each deploying a different desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, and Xfce respectively), how do each of these distributions compare performance-wise? We have taken two systems -- one with dual Intel Clovertown processors and the other an AMD Sempron -- and tested out each of these distributions in some of our commonly used Linux benchmarks to see how the performance truly stacks up. In this article we will be presenting part one of our results.
    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=8935

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    Interesting. From my personal experience with the 2, I actually found Kubuntu to be "snappier" than Xubuntu on this crappy 800 MHz Celeron. I'll see if there's any noticeable difference once I get my Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz PC.

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    Games running through WINE could be a possibility.

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    Lightbulb inaccurate comparison

    We can't accurately compare these three distributions with this type of benchmarking. From this perspective, these are essentially the same distribution. With the LAME encoding tests, for example, we're running the same LAME compiled with the same compiler on the same hardware with the same libraries. The window manager doesn't even figure into the equation. We could even boot into runlevel 3 (no window manager) and get almost identical results.

    First, we have to acknowledge that these are actually all the same distribution with a different default window manager. Then, if we really want to do a comparison, we must devise tests that compare common tasks between the three different environments. Timing the start-up of the X-Window server would be one accurate point of comparison.

    The challenge in this testing environment would be to avoid a subjective comparison. For example, if I feel that Konsole is better than Gnome-Terminal, it's not valid unless I can identify a feature or flaw that would affect most users.

    If we, as a community, came up with a list of tests we'd like to see for comparison of the three window managers, would the Phoronix team be willing to conduct them and document their results?

    Maybe this can be inspiration for a future article which compares window managers and even includes some of the less popular ones: Enlightenment, WindowMaker, IceWM, FvWM, etc...

    I've been happily using Kubuntu steadily for more than six months now. Before that, as a faithful Red Hat then Fedora user for years, I had already chosen KDE over Gnome.

    I've tried XFCE, Enlightenment, WindowMaker, and even FvWM in the past. I have the (untested) impression that Gnome is less resource intensive than KDE and XFCE is less resource intensive than Gnome. I think I would tend to agree with most of Mr. Torvalds' controversial comments with regard to Gnome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghodmode View Post
    If we, as a community, came up with a list of tests we'd like to see for comparison of the three window managers, would the Phoronix team be willing to conduct them and document their results?
    Yes, as long as all of the tests are within reason.

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