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    Default Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5 Driver/GPUs

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5 Driver/GPUs

    In this article are benchmarks of six different desktops (Unity, GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, KDE Plasma, Xfce, and LXDE) on five different GPU/driver configurations (Radeon, Catalyst, Intel, NVIDIA, and Nouveau) running the very latest Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" development packages to look at the latest state of the Ubuntu Linux gaming OpenGL performance.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18262

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    Wow (not that this is all that surprising!) but Nvidia (blob) certainly does wipe the floor with every other driver.

    @Michael

    it's too bad you didn't use the latest experimental-compiz-ppa ~ apparently, it fixes a bunch of problems and has many improvements. (although i am not positive if it works with untiy, quite yet); http://smspillaz.wordpress.com/2012/...-improvements/

    Apparently, for Nvidia users it has some nice improvements... Myself, i have already moved to Cinnamon - but those using Nvidia/compiz should probably take a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninez View Post
    ...it's too bad you didn't use the latest experimental-XXX-ppa ~ apparently, it fixes a bunch of problems and has many improvements...
    Don't they always?

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    These results indicate clearly the opposite of what KWin developers recently told the public: KWin simply isn't great for gaming.

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    Gnome classic and LXDE on the chart are using the same shade of red. Which one was performing better? Also, why was unity and xfce were almost the same shade of red as well. Why?! There are other colors other than shades of red. Purple, blue, green, orange, etc. There is no reason to have 4 bars be two different shades of red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linuxhippy View Post
    These results indicate clearly the opposite of what KWin developers recently told the public: KWin simply isn't great for gaming.
    It is, but you have to use suspend fullscreen compositions option. I also tried this in Ubuntu and I had equal FPS in both environments using nVIDIA binary blob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pawlerson View Post
    It is, but you have to use suspend fullscreen compositions option. I also tried this in Ubuntu and I had equal FPS in both environments using nVIDIA binary blob.
    I can second that. I thought KDE was meant to automatically suspend compositing, but I've found several times it was necessary to do so manually (Alt+Shift+F12).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linuxhippy View Post
    These results indicate clearly the opposite of what KWin developers recently told the public: KWin simply isn't great for gaming.
    Probably they spend more time on PR than coding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by not.sure View Post
    Probably they spend more time on PR than coding...
    No, they're not gnome devs and I'm not sure what you mean. Do you consider it's fair to compare desktops with differnt options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug77 View Post
    Don't they always?
    This particular PPA has fixes / performance improvements (especially for Nvidia blob) that are much more significant than some of the other times (especially for nvidia users), you may have heard similar things (but yeah, i get what you are saying).

    Quote Originally Posted by Linuxhippy View Post
    These results indicate clearly the opposite of what KWin developers recently told the public: KWin simply isn't great for gaming.
    I'm not sure what kwin is good for. I found it to be extremely buggy when i was trying it out, very recently. The window focus / shadow animation makes moving windows (with nvidia) slow until the animation is finished. their implementation of expo while great in theory, produced windows constantly being jittery / and other buggy behavior... I was kind of surprised at how buggy everything felt, so i didn't use kwin very long (or KDE for that matter).
    Last edited by ninez; 12-13-2012 at 01:02 PM.

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