You're not only comparing Linux vs FreeBSD. But also Unity vs KDE. And there's also some hardware differences. And then you come to the conclusion that the performance differences are due to the OS used?
So.. FreeBSD is faster in a small set of circumstances (nVidia GPU with closed drivers), but doesn't run most of the games in others (ATI, OS drivers). I'm not sure that counts as a win for FreeBSD.
Seriously, if I wanted a tainted kernel with a KDE workspace and great gaming performance, I'd install windows. Even works with ATIs closed drivers!
Still, these numbers are interesting - if there's a bottleneck in linux, it needs to be found and eliminated. If only the numbers were useful in determining that.
As others have mentioned, adding another distribution would be important to determine whether FreeBSD is faster than "Linux" or just faster than "Ubuntu". The article isn't too clear about possible differences due to different window managers, which always raises a red flag. It's difficult to trust the data when such issues aren't documented.
But, of course, the point of the headline is to generate clicks and ad-revenue, not to deliver useful numbers or research the actual causes for the difference. Why am I expecting more?
I would like to see FreeBSD against Gentoo Linux, which I assume that should be one of the best performance Linux distribution.
Last edited by mirv; 09-07-2011 at 08:24 AM.
I tip my hat to you, sir!Originally Posted by garytr24
So using two somewhat different setups you find that the Nvidia BSD driver is faster than the Nvidia Linux driver?
... The sad part of it is that AFAICS Michael is *indeed* trying to be productive, but somehow, his benchmark methodology always leaves something major behind
Last edited by gilboa; 09-07-2011 at 10:40 AM.
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