Phoronix: Can Ubuntu 9.10 Outperform Mac OS X 10.6?
Back on Friday we published Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks and found it to offer some terrific performance improvements, but at the same time, there were a few notable regressions. Apple engineers have been working hard at pushing technologies like Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), OpenCL, full 64-bit support, and other changes to their OS X stack to bolster its performance capabilities and reduce the overall footprint. Now that we have tested Mac OS X 10.6, we are seeing how its performance compares to that of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will be out in October and does have some performance improvements as our earlier tests have shown, but Canonical engineers have not been exclusively focusing on performance optimizations with this release. Can the Karmic Koala outperform Snow Leopard? Yes and no.
Most of those tests would be better suite to the server variants of both Ubuntu and Mac OS.
Morever, since the comparison involves proprietary operating systems, it would be nice to throw in Windows results, too.
About timed compilation tests. Like Kano mentioned - dependencies counts? If yes, what's the point? :> Btw. Ubuntu can outperform OS X easily and OS X can outperform Ubuntu - it matters what tests you'll show :> It seems there are some problems with ray-tracing. I wonder what can have influence on the results. GCC maybe?
Last edited by kraftman; 08-31-2009 at 09:55 AM.
It would have been nice to have the two most recent OS X versions here, since we had the two most recent Ubuntu versions.. but oh well.
I really wish phoronix would include ubu 8.10 in benchmark. Many people have refused to upgrade because of the intel graphics performance regression with 9.04 and 9.10.