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    Default FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux?

    Phoronix: FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux?

    FreeBSD provides a Linux binary compatibility layer that allows 32-bit Linux binaries to be natively executed on this BSD operating system. Linux binary compatibility on FreeBSD allows Linux-only applications to be executed in a near seamless manner on this alternative platform, even for games. New tests have revealed that the modern FreeBSD operating system (via PC-BSD 8.2) can actually outperform Linux when it comes to running OpenGL Linux game binaries.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16382

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    Michael, did you disable Unity/Compiz before starting the games? It is widely known that Unity/Compiz affects 3D-performance when running OpenGL-based games.

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    So many different factors motherboard, memory, audio, desktop, display server, compiler, file system ...

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    Heh unfortunately I don't see many gamers jumping on this, looking by how much work is required to get that setup and running.

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    You may want to try a kernel configured for the lowest possible latency. I noticed that improved doom3 performace quite a bit. For doom3 you needed some ingame configs aswell. It ran quite amazingly in the end.

    My config was something like this - http://www.paradoxuncreated.com/tmp/.config39

    I can`t say for certain that it will improve average FPS though, but it definately improved smoothness, from stock ubuntu kernel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomblab View Post
    So many different factors motherboard, memory, audio, desktop, display server, compiler, file system ...
    cpu: SAME
    ram: 1GB less then Linux on i386, so Linux should be faster here
    motherboard/chipset: SAME (MS-7642)
    display driver: SAME VERSION
    graphics card: SAME
    compiler: NEWER on Linux, so Linux should be faster here
    xorg sever: NEWER on Linux, so Linux should be faster here
    fs: EXT4 is nowhere near ZFS features, and is probably more 'heavy' then EXT4, so Linux should be faster here

    KDE vs. UNITY: both should not be used during that test, it should be plain twm or openbox with all needles services disabled on both systems.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vadi View Post
    Heh unfortunately I don't see many gamers jumping on this, looking by how much work is required to get that setup and running.
    If you would want to setup that from FreeBSD, it would be quite more work then with Ubuntu, but PC-BSD has graphical installer as Ubuntu and the amount of work needed to install con configure Ubuntu is the same as the amount of work needed to setup PC-BSD.

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    The combination Ubuntu+Nvidia sucks. I don't know why but for some reason sucks!
    Try the benchmarks in a non Ubuntu based distro, like Fedora and you'll be surpised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermaden View Post
    compiler: NEWER on Linux, so Linux should be faster here
    xorg sever: NEWER on Linux, so Linux should be faster here
    Do you want me to believe newer xorg or compiler will affect nvidia blob performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftman View Post
    Do you want me to believe newer xorg or compiler will affect nvidia blob performance?
    In theory they could affect nvidia blob performance in several ways (both positively & negatively), as the blob can't do much on its own; it always depends on & interacts with things outside of it.

    If you want to be sure, test all permutations...

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    Default Yet another sensationalist fluff piece

    I noticed a couple issues with "FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux?"

    1: You've misspelled Ubuntu
    2: You've misspelled PC-BSD

    Users of both kernels are going to pretend to be mildly offended in an effort to appear smarter than you ;-)

    All kidding aside, my concern is that sensationalist fluff pieces such as this will diminish the credibility of Phoronix's other worthwhile and noble efforts. Much like you've done with the "linux power management issue", your revenue-generating musings tend put-off those individuals with a ability to analyze your results and fix problems. PTS aside, if you strip off all the BS on the front page, Phoronix has become little more than a release-announcement-aggregator and the musings of a Mike McGee clone with an American accent.

    Games on *nix:

    Most *nix gamers play a single game (Eve or Wow for example). What matters to them is that their gaming experience is rock solid stable for long durations, and offers the full breadth of immersion that the creators of the game had intended. Crashing when alt-tab is pressed, losing mouse focus, and stuttering sound/graphics are examples of issues that break immersion and drive gamers away from these platforms. While many of us care little if our frame rate is 120, 80, or 60 fps, I can state with certainty that all gamers care quite a bit about those brief periods of zero FPS that send gamers flocking back to consoles and windows.

    It would be nice if you gents put in some real effort and wrote an article about "playing games on Linux versus BSD", and actually took some time to play a couple games, join a guild, hop on mumble, and wrote an objective piece on the immersion breaking issues that you experienced. It will certainly generate better forum chatter than the last three pages of "Yeah-huh/Nu-huh", "You did it totally wrong", and "Ubuntu sucks".

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